Retired RCMP officer set to reach milestone blood donation in Victoria


Update: Ted Smith was unable to make his 250th blood donation on Tuesday due to high blood pressure. He said he would like to try another donation sometime this week and he continues to encourage others to donate.

After 50 years and in five different provinces, a retired RCMP officer and long-time blood donor will hit a milestone Tuesday in Victoria.

Ted Smith and Canadian Blood Services is celebrating his 250th donation this afternoon at the Victoria Blood Donor Centre.

Canadian Blood Services says Smith first rolled up his sleeves to donate in 1967 after he turned 18 in Aurora, Ontario.

Smith has donated in Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Alberta and now in Victoria.

His mom and aunt were nurses in Calgary and Montreal during the second world war and would volunteer blood donations for wounded troops.

Smith’s father died from army duty with injuries that required emergency surgery and blood transfusions.

Canadian Blood Services says the Victoria clinic runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday at 3449 Saanich Road.

You can book a donation by going to

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