The BC Lung Association began as the Anti-Tuberculosis Society in 1906 in response to the rapid spread of TB, the number one killer at the turn of the century. In July 1978, the Society changed its name to the BC Lung Association, and now focuses on the entire scope of respiratory disease including asthma, COPD (chronic bronchitis and emphysema), lung cancer, sleep apnea and tuberculosis.
A non-profit and volunteer-based health charity, The BC Lung Association depends on donations from the public to support lung health research, education, prevention and advocacy.
The mission of the BC Lung Association is to lead provincial and international lung health initiatives, prevent lung disease, help people manage lung disease and promote lung health.
We work together with the Canadian Lung Association office as well as the other provincial Lung Associations to help the one in five Canadians who have breathing problems.
Mrs. Muff Hackett, Chairperson
Mr. Ash Dhanani, Vice President
Dr. Peter Paré, St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver, Honourary Treasurer
Mr. Gary Chapple, Abbotsford, BC
Mr. Mike Ellis, Victoria, BC
Dr. Kevin Elwood, Vancouver, BC
Mr. Richie Gage, Merritt, BC
Mr. Doug Hill, Qualicum Beach, BC
Mrs. Marilyn Lawrence, Princeton, BC
Mr. Keith Murray, Vancouver, BC
Mrs. Walda Reszitnyk, Kelowna, BC
Dr. Kevin Elwood, Director, Division of TB Control
Dr. Patricia Daly, Chief Medical Health Officer
Dr. Richard J. Finley, UBC Department of Surgery
Dr. J. Mark Fitzgerald, UBC Respiratory Medicine
Dr. John Fleetham, UBC Respiratory Medicine, VGH
Dr. Lindsay M. Lawson, Respiratory Medicine
Dr. David Martin, Medical Services Branch, Health & Welfare Canada
Dr. Nestor Müller, Department of Radiology, Vancouver Hospital & HSC
Dr. Darlene Reid, Div. Of Physical Therapy, UBC
Dr. Jeremy Road, UBC Respiratory Division, VHSSC
Dr. Robert Schellenberg, UBC Pulmonary Research Lab, St. Paul's Hospital
Dr. David Speert, BC Research Centre
The BC Lung Association works with two groups to improve lung health in Canada:
The Canadian Thoracic Society is our medical society (CTS). The Canadian Respiratory Health Professionals (CRHP) is our allied health professional group. The CRHP welcomes nurses, cardio-pulmonary physiotherapists, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, and others who work in lung health.
The BC Lung Association partners with the CTS and CRHP to fund research and to provide opportunities for doctors and allied health professionals to increase their knowledge and skills in treating lung diseases