Association and services

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.

Executive Board

Dr. Peter Paré, Vancouver CHAIR

Mr. Ash Dhanani, Burnaby VICE CHAIR

Dr. Kevin Elwood, Vancouver HONOURARY TREASURER

Mr. Dan Boudreault, Ladysmith

Mr. Gary Chapple, Abbotsford

Mr. Mike Ellis, Victoria

Mr. Richie Gage, Merritt

Mr. Walter Huebert, Penticton

Mrs. Marilyn Lawrence, Princeton

Mr. Scott Marshall, Delta

Mr. Keith Murray, North Vancouver

Dr. Robert Schellenberg, Burnaby

Medical Advisory Committee

Dr. Robert Schellenberg, UBC Pulmonary Research Lab, St. Paul’s Hospital CHAIR

Dr. Patricia Daly, Chief Medical Health Officer, Vancouver Coastal Health

Dr. Richard J. Finley, UBC Department of Surgery

Dr. J. Mark FitzGerald, UBC Respiratory Medicine, VGH

Dr. John Fleetham, UBC Respiratory Medicine, VGH

Dr. Darlene Reid, UBC Division Of Physical Therapy, UBC

Dr. Jeremy Road, UBC Respiratory Division, VHSSC

Dr. David Speert, BC Research Centre

Medical Association Partners

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

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