Edna Humphries of the Kidney Foundation of Canada’s BC and Yukon branch (far left) presented a Community Leadership Award to Nelson government agent Joyce Edmonds (third from right) and staff at ServiceBC in Nelson on Tuesday in recognition of their efforts to increase organ donation.
More than 200 people in the Nelson area have registered in recent months. Of the over 500 patients in BC waiting for a life-saving organ transplant, almost 400 need a kidney. Only about 19 per cent of British Columbians are registered donors, but the Kidney Foundation wants to increase that figure to 50 per cent by 2020.
Humphries said donors should also discuss the matter with their families to ensure their wishes are respected.