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Jane Lindsay is a physiotherapist who specializes in cardio-respiratory physiotherapy. In addition to being anextraordinary lung health clinician and educator, Jane has been a highly productive volunteer for the Ontario Respiratory Care Society (ORCS) and The Lung Association for almost 30 years. Jane is widely recognized for her expertise in pulmonary rehabilitation for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Before moving to Ontario, Jane started a pulmonary rehabilitation program in Calgary, Alberta. Beginning in the early 1990s, she coordinated the pulmonary rehabilitation program at Grand River Hospital, Freeport Health Centre in Kitchener and during her tenure provided support and encouragement to colleagues in other locations who were developing pulmonary rehabilitation programs for their patients. For many years Jane’s part time private practice offered in-home care to respiratory patients. In 2003 Jane joined the Occupational Therapist Assistant and Physiotherapist Assistant Program at Conestoga College as a Coordinator and Professor.
Throughout her career, Jane has been an outstanding volunteer leader of the ORCS and a strong advocate for lung health at the local, provincial and national levels. She joined the ORCS Provincial Committee in 1992 as the regional representative for the South Central Ontario Region after serving on the region’s education planning committee for several years. During her term as regional representative, she chaired Planning Committees for successful seminars in Brantford, St. Catharines and Kitchener and organized several educational evenings, making an effort to move educational programming around the region. In 1994, Jane was nominated as ORCS Chair-Elect. After becoming Provincial Chair in 1995, she presided over the development of the ORCS Three Year Plan for the years 1996-99 and represented the ORCS on The Lung Association – Ontario Board of Directors during a period of transition, ensuring that the value of the professional societies was recognized by the whole organization. She also volunteered for the Waterloo office of The Lung Association.
For many years, Jane served on the ORCS Education Committee, helping to organize the ORCS program for annual Better Breathing conferences. Jane has contributed as a speaker at several Better Breathing conferences and has spoken at many regional seminars. When COPD Educator certification was introduced, Jane became a member of the Respiratory Health Educators Interest Group (RHEIG) and became a Certified Respiratory Educator in 2010. She returned to the ORCS Provincial Committee in 2013 as RHEIG Co-Chair, contributing many articles to the Connections publication and helping to plan the RHEIG workshops at Better Breathing conferences.
Jane Lindsay has contributed countless hours and provided exceptional leadership to the field of respiratory care as a role model and mentor. Her lively spirit and warm collegiality has been an inspiration to her many friends and colleagues in the ORCS and The Lung Association. Jane’s many contributions are greatly appreciated. She is most deserving of being In the Spotlight!