At the Canadian Blood Services’ 18th annual National Honouring Our Lifeblood event in Ottawa recently, Dillon received the volunteer award for Atlantic Canada.
Having been involved with the blood services since the late 1970s, Dillon started with the Canadian Red Cross and continued with Canadian Blood Services when the organization took over collections in 1998.
Over those 35 years, Dillon assisted in any capacity she could, from giving blood to assisting donors before and after collections, and organizing volunteers.
She is currently a volunteer leader for mobile clinics and in-community events in Gander. In addition to scheduling clinic events, she helps to increase the donor base in the community through advocacy.
“It’s a rewarding job, because you know every time someone gives blood, it’s going to help three people,” said Dillon.
“I know there is always need for blood.”
Canadian Blood Services will be in Gander at the Fraser United Church Hall on Oct. 24-25, and again on Dec. 19-20.