W.L. Seaton students prepare to donate blood during a drive held at Trinity United Church in Vernon on December 8. The drive, held over two days, was lead by student ‘blood champion,’ Kiera Duffy, who liaised with Canadian Blood Services to encourage her classmates to donate for the first time in an effort to give back to the community. From left, Shaughnessy O’Brien, Kiera Duffy, Nelya McDowell and Nicole Kadach (Erin Christie/Morning Star)

W.L. Seaton students prepare to donate blood during a drive held at Trinity United Church in Vernon on December 8. The drive, held over two days, was lead by student ‘blood champion,’ Kiera Duffy, who liaised with Canadian Blood Services to encourage her classmates to donate for the first time in an effort to give back to the community. From left, Shaughnessy O’Brien, Kiera Duffy, Nelya McDowell and Nicole Kadach (Erin Christie/Morning Star)

Vernon students give the gift of life

Student encourage classmates to become life-long blood donors

Kiera Duffy knows how important it is to give blood.

As “blood champion” of her high school program, the W.L. Seaton Secondary School student has made it her mission to educate her classmates and encourage them to “give the gift of life.”

She successfully convinced a number of her classmates to make their first donation at a clinic held at Trinity United Church in Vernon on Monday and Tuesday afternoon. The goal, she said, is it be first of many.

“I believe that donating blood is one of the easiest ways to change a person’s life. Whether it be the person donating blood, or the person receiving blood, everyone is affected,” Duffy said.

She became passionate about the subject after meeting Gayle Voyer, with Canadian Blood Services at a donor drive last May, shortly after making her first donation — a moment she says was one of the impactful events of her life so far.

“The day I first donated, was indescribable,” she explained.

“I knew that I would definitely be back, little did I know, that soon I would be leading a school to make the same impact.”

Duffy also volunteers at Vernon Jubilee Hospital, and plans to pursue the sciences in university, with the goal of eventually “going into medicine.”

To learn more about how to donate blood, click here

Morning Star Staff


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W.L. Seaton Secondary School Student Champion, Kiera Duffy offers classmate Nicole Kadach moral support while she donates blood for the first time during a blood drive held at Trinity United Church on December 11. (Erin Christie/Morning Star)

W.L. Seaton Secondary School Student Champion, Kiera Duffy offers classmate Nicole Kadach moral support while she donates blood for the first time during a blood drive held at Trinity United Church on December 11. (Erin Christie/Morning Star)

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