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Meet some of the volunteers we’ve counted on for years!

Sing, Mina, Jean and Nida - NVW2017

Our volunteers provide critical support that help us to carry out our mission of promoting lung health and managing and preventing lung disease. We simply couldn’t do what we do without them. We are particularly lucky to have a stable core of devoted in-house volunteers, some of whom have been with us for more than 20 years. Meet Mina, our staff volunteer coordinator as well as a few of our cherished volunteers, Sing, Jean and Nida. Sing has volunteered with us for 23 years, helping with work related to our Christmas Seals and other campaigns, and providing valued administrative support

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Meet Volunteer Anne Kennedy Mitchell

Anne Kennedy Mitchell and Darcy Murdoch - NVW2017

Anne is the volunteer president of our Lung Association Better Breathers support group in New Westminster (also known as the New Westminster Puffers’ Club). During the week, Anne manages a dental clinic. In her spare time, she finds it rewarding to be of help to others, like herself, who often feel isolated and alone in coping with a chronic breathing problem. Anne has struggled with respiratory illness all her life. “I was eleven years old when I was diagnosed with asthma. It became progressively worse over time and in 2008, I was diagnosed with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease),” she

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Meet Volunteer Ken Fisher

Ken Fisher and Gina Walton - NVW2017

When Ken retired in 2002, he found himself having trouble breathing. His doctor sent him to a COPD support group – which turned out to be the Langley BC Better Breathers group, run by the BC Lung Association. For the past 9 years, Ken’s been the volunteer leader of the group, which consists of a monthly support group with an invited guest speaker, and two exercise groups, each running 3 times per week. The goal of Better Breathers Groups are to help patients coping with chronic lung conditions (such as chronic bronchitis, emphysema, asthma, and lung cancer) as well as their caregivers,

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FOCUS. BREATHE. PLAY HARD. – A Learning Opportunity and Experience!


We are 4th year nursing students from the University of Saskatchewan who began a community health rotation at The Lung Association in September.  From the first day we were welcomed with open arms and their inter-professional staff provided us with multiple learning opportunities. Our main project was the Focus. Breathe. Play Hard. Lung Health Challenge  which was done in partnership with The Saskatoon Blades and The Regina Pats.  We were busy and worked like Santa’s Little Elves for the past three months to complete our assignments. Our days at The Lung Association were filled with emails, drafting, editing, finalizing, organizing,

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Dr. Frank Scott receives prestigious Founders Award

Dr. Frank Scott receives the 2015 Founders Award from Karen Davis, Treasurer, Canadian Lung Association

It is our pleasure to report that the 2015 Canadian Lung Association Founders Award was presented to Dr. Frank Scott of Saskatoon. The CLA Founders Award honours individuals who have devoted themselves to the affairs of The Lung Association and to the cause of respiratory health. The award recognizes exemplary innovation or commitment towards lung health. The award is given to an individual who is actively involved in the promotion of lung health and the prevention of lung disease in a health professional role. Dr. Frank Scott is the longest-serving volunteer Board member in the history of the Lung Association

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Celebrating Canadian Women’s Achievements in Respiratory Health on International Women’s Day

Dina Brooks

March 8 is International Women’s Day and the Canadian Lung Association would like to salute all the wonderful women who have made a contribution to improving the lung health of Canadians. In particular, we celebrate the many achievements of Dr. Dina Brooks who has been recently selected by the World Confederation for Physical Therapy Executive Committee to receive an International Service Award in the area of research. This award honours individuals who have made a significant contribution to physical therapy internationally or within their region. Dr. Brooks was nominated for this award by the International Confederation of Cardiorespiratory Physical Therapists

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Remembering Dr. Bill Jeanes


One of Canada’s respiratory health pioneers, Dr. Bill Jeanes, passed away on July 1 in Ottawa at the age of 95. As a member of the Canadian Lung Association staff, I had the privilege of meeting Dr. Jeanes for the first time in 2001 when he came to our office in Ottawa during the Christmas season, armed with photos and other memorabilia from the past. As the years went by, Dr. Jeanes would make his seasonal visit and it was always such a pleasant opportunity to hear about how our organization was formed and listen to stories about the people

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Neil Johnston receives Honorary Life Membership Award

Margaret Bernhardt-Lowdon and Neil Johnston

Long-time volunteer Neil Johnston received an Honorary Life Membership Award for his distinguished leadership and outstanding commitment to advance the mission of the Lung Association. Neil, who is the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority’s regional director and the Health Sciences Centre’s site director of respiratory therapy, received his award at a ceremony in Ottawa on Saturday. As a registered respiratory therapist, Neil has made significant contributions to lung health. Neil Johnston began his lengthy volunteer work when he joined the Manitoba Lung Association as a volunteer committee member in 1993. He became a member of their board in 2000. In 2010,

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