Local Newcomers and Refugees ‘Give Back’ to the Community with Blood Drive

Monday, September 17, 2018

Media Advisory: Multicultural Council of Windsor-Essex


In an effort to show their appreciation to their new communities, government-assisted refugees from Syria and Iraq are taking part in a blood drive for Canadian Blood Services. This initiative, led by the Multicultural Council of Windsor & Essex County (MCC) and Canadian Blood Services, is a result of ongoing requests from refugees to ‘give back’ to the communities that not only received them -  but in many cases, saved them. Approximately 50 donors are expected from four partnering agencies.


“The MCC is often witness to the overwhelming gratitude of refugees. Many of our clients have fled unimaginable tragedy – arriving in Windsor-Essex with very little.  Not knowing how to express their appreciation for the safety and security received here – families regularly deliver artwork, cards, and of course plenty of food - to our office. Donating blood is a gift of life, and a meaningful way for our refugees to contribute to the communities that welcomed them.” - Kathleen Thomas, Executive Director, Multicultural Council


“Canadian Blood Services is excited to partner with the Multicultural Council of Windsor & Essex County. We are grateful to provide newcomers to Canada with the opportunity to give back to their community through blood donations, which is after all, one of the most important things to give to someone else - the gift of life.” – Marisa Gatfield, Territory Manager (Windsor), Canadian Blood Services.



WHEN: Tuesday, September 18, 2018 -  9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Media Availability from 11:00am to 11:30am

WHERE: Canadian Blood Services - 3909 Grand Marais East


  • Multicultural Council of Windsor & Essex County
  • Canadian Blood Services
  • Unemployed Help Centre
  • Windsor Women Working with Immigrant Women
  • Women’s Enterprise Skill Training of Windsor Inc.
  • YMCA Windsor



Media Contact:

Pam Mady                                                                               Marisa Gianna Gatfield

Manager, Communications & Community Engagement       Territory Manager

Multicultural Council of Windsor & Essex County                 Canadian Blood Services

pmady@themcc.com                                                             marisa.gatfield@blood.ca

519-965-1848                                                                          519-945-7486 ext 4918