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Meet Our Volunteers

Hundreds of years ago, Canadians gave their time and effort to help us end tuberculosis and effectively created The Lung Association. Today they continue to help use ensure all Ontarians breathe.

We asked our volunteers why they joined our Lung family. Here’s what they had to say:

Brad Dean

Happily married father of 3
Hamilton, Ontario Business Owner

“I am a media professional by trade and run the media agency Jet Propelled in Hamilton, ON. With that, I do what I can to support The Lung Association and my community with media support of items such as newsletters and promotion of upcoming community based events”.


Vedant Kochhar

“I have been volunteering with the Youth Advocacy Training Institute (YATI) for a while now throughout high school. The most interesting tasks I have done are movie reviews, including those for TIFF, some of which can be found on the YATI website. The experience has immensely enriched my understanding of the harmful effects of tobacco on society, and the various social aspects that lead people to start smoking. I have found it very gratifying to be able to contribute to the cause of educating youth against the use of tobacco. I truly believe that educating youth leads to a better and healthier future for everyone. In addition to that, this opportunity has allowed me to develop my own skills in becoming more punctual, dependable, task oriented and health conscious.”


Jennifer Sheldrick

Jennifer Sheldrick

“Working full-time for another non-profit organization, I understand the value of a volunteer. It’s the most flexible, fulfilling thing a person can give!”




Brian Katz

Brian Katz

I decided to get involved with The Lung Association after watching my father suffer with Pulmonary Fibrosis in his final years. Personally, I knew very little about this disease until after my dad came home with his diagnosis. We were fortunate to have friends with The Lung Association and wonderful care from the Firestone Clinic which helped us better understand what Dad would be going through. I started volunteering for the Lung Association in 2016 and have thoroughly enjoyed doing my small part to try to spread the word. I have volunteered at the Steeltown Stair Climb, Breath of Spring and the Phyllis Gretzky Memorial Golf Classic. I have found the experience both fulfilling and enjoyable as the enthusiasm of all of the volunteers is contagious!