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Apr 07, 2014
Letter from Our President
At the Ontario Lung Association, we look forward to National Volunteer Week (April 6-12) because it gives us a special opportunity to celebrate the many extraordinary people who dedicate their time, their expertise and their passion to our mission of improving the lung health of Ontarians.
Volunteers make important contributions to almost every aspect of our multi-faceted organization – from the lung health experts who help us develop our programs and services to the people who open and answer letters from donors to those who work on our various fundraising initiatives.
They are people like:
Marci Apelowicz, a former student intern who now volunteers with our health promotion team, making valuable contributions to a range of projects and activities.
Dr. John Granton, eminent respirologist with Toronto’s University Health Network, chair-elect of our Board of Directors and a leader in helping us raise much-needed funding for lung research.
Penny Keegan, a keen gardener who has asthma and who, unsurprisingly, has been a key part of the Stratford Garden Festival success story since its inception 14 years ago.
Alex Lee, a volunteer with our Youth Advocacy Training Institute, who participated in a Youth Leadership Retreat and served on the Curriculum Advisory Committee before signing on as a young adult trainer.
Jennifer Olajos-Clow, nurse practitioner and asthma expert from Kingston, another long-serving volunteer for The Lung Association including her current role as volunteer chair of the Ontario Respiratory Care Society and its representative on our Board of Directors;
Fran Perkins, who for the past eight years has worked long hours coordinating Tulip Day sales and deliveries in Elliot Lake;
Floyd Stiegler, a familiar face in our Toronto office where he’s been an important contributor to the smooth operation of the Donor Fulfilment Centre for almost 20 years;
They are just a small sample of the thousands of dedicated individuals who have joined us in the campaign for better lung health in our province. They range in age from teenagers to seniors. They are students, office workers, doctors, farmers, business executives, construction workers, lawyers, retired people – you name it. They come from every corner of the province.
What unites these diverse individuals is their shared belief in community service and their vision of a future when every Ontarian can breathe easily and freely.
Here are some of the ways our volunteers are making a difference to lung health in Ontario and why we take this opportunity to thank them for the great gifts they bestow:
The Ontario Lung Association is a charitable organization with a strong commitment to fiscal responsibility. It is inconceivable that we could deliver our many programs and services, as well as raise the funds to support them and critical lung health research, without our volunteers.
At the start of National Volunteer Week, we speak on behalf of the 2.4 million Ontarians living with lung disease when we express heartfelt gratitude to the amazing volunteers of the Ontario Lung Association.
President & CEO
Ontario Lung Association