MGEU leader joins fight to keep Brandon blood donor clinic open – Manitoba News

MGEU leader joins fight to keep Brandon blood donor clinic open – Manitoba News



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Manitoba Government and General Employees’ Union president Michelle Gawronsky donates blood at the Brandon clinic of Canadian Blood Services on Wednesday. Gawronsky spoke about the decision to close down the Brandon location.

The union representing staff at Brandon’s Blood Donor Clinic is challenging the Westman region to step up and donate in hopes Canadian Blood Services will reverse its decision to close its doors in June.

Michelle Gawronsky, president of the Manitoba Government and General Employees’ Union, went to the local clinic Wednesday to donate blood and draw attention to this vital issue.

“I’m absolutely flabbergasted and stunned. All I’ve ever heard from Blood Services for the last 25 years, is how there’s a shortage of blood,” Gawronsky said. “So to have one of the more major ones in the province actually closing its doors … it’s stunning, I don’t understand.”

As reported in The Brandon Sun earlier this month, the clinic at The Town Centre will be closed June 8, and replaced by a twice-monthly mobile blood donor clinic that will drive in from Winnipeg starting on June 15.

The 11 Westman area mobile blood donor clinics that are currently serviced out of the…



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