Thunder Bay Remembers Tainted Blood Tragedy

As we honour and remember those affected by the Tainted Blood Tragedy...


The tree is an important symbol in nearly every culture. With its branches reaching into the sky, and roots deep into the earth, a tree symbolizes life.  For families who have lost a loved one, it can be a daily reminder that the person is not forgotten, that his or her memory lives on.


It has often been said that the lessons learned in the Tainted Blood Tragedy must not be forgotten and that the pain and suffering experienced by so many must not be in vain. The Canadian Hemophilia Society (CHS) and AIDS Thunder Bay intend to ensure that this does not happen by holding a National Commemoration of the Tainted Blood Tragedy that will acknowledge those now silent victims.


Hemophilia Ontario Northern Ontario Region (NOR) along with AIDS Thunder Bay remembers with the second  Commemorative Tree planting within the Northern Region.  This tree was planted October 26th, 2011 in Thunder Bay's Waverly Park. A commemorative granite plaque was also installed. John Soychak at Landale Gardens Nursery generously donated the tree. The public will be welcome to attend an annual event held here to recognize lives lost in the tainted blood tragedy.  


                                    Tree planting


Lawrence Korhonen, Executive Director AIDS Thunder Bay, 

Bob Manson Education Coordinator AIDS Thunder Bay, 

Teresa Genereux Hemophilia Regional Service Coordinator at  


Hemophilia Ontario logo

tainted blood tragedy logo

AIDS Thunder Bay logo