Statement by Héma-Québec regarding the shooting that took place January 29 at the Centre islamique de Québec

Montréal, January 30, 2017–Héma-Québec was shocked to learn that one of its employees, Mr. Alexandre Bissonnette, was arrested as a suspect in the tragic events that took place at the Centre culturel islamique de Québec on January 29, 2017.

Héma-Québec would first like to express its deepest sympathies to the families of the victims of this tragedy. As an organization whose primary mission is dedicated to the gift of life, these events have sent a shock wave through the organization.

Héma-Québec will not provide any further comment regarding Mr. Bissonnette so as not to hinder the police investigation. Héma-Québec asks that the media not question its employees and allow them to focus on their work.

Héma-Québec’s activities, particularly those related to blood drives, will go on as usual. For information on donating blood, visit our Web site or contact our Donor Services department at 1-800-847-2525.

About Héma-Québec

Héma-Québec’s mission is to efficiently meet the needs of the Québec population for safe, optimal-quality blood and blood products, human tissues, cord blood, mother’s milk and cellular products; and to develop and provide expertise and specialized, innovative services in the field of human biological products. Héma-Québec encompasses 1,300 employees, over 300,000 donor visits to blood drives per year, 16,000 volunteers and more than 500,000 blood products delivered annually to Québec hospitals to meet the needs of patients.

Give blood. Give life.

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