BC Lung focuses inwards to bring better lung health to British Columbians

Vancouver, November 1, 2021 - The BC Lung Association has decided to change its name and shed its old logo for a new one in hues of blue and green.  

President and CEO, Christopher Lam, said that beginning today, the registered health charity formerly known as the BC Lung Association, will now be known as the BC Lung Foundation – or BC Lung for short, as it is already commonly called by supporters.

“We chose to discontinue our membership agreement with the Canadian Lung Association in order to maximize our investments in much-needed support, education and advocacy programs for lung patients and families here in BC,” said Lam. 

“For more than 110 years, British Columbians have trusted us to protect their lungs, whether it's campaigning for greater medication access, providing lung patient support, keeping kids off tobacco, including e-cigarettes, or advocating for laws that protect the air we breathe.

“Sadly, lung disease continues to devastate individuals and families. And with our growing population and climate change continues unabated, maintaining healthy air and healthy lungs is doubtless going to become an even greater challenge,” he added. 

“In consideration of these challenges and the faith donors invest in us to ensure dollars are helping to address gaps in the respiratory health system here in BC, our Board determined change was vital,” continued Lam.

“With a century of work under our belt, and deep roots within the local and regional respiratory and environmental health communities, BC Lung is well positioned to continue its role as the leading provincial charity and opinion-leader on lung health and related air quality issues,” said Dr. Bob Schellenberg, Chair of the BC Lung Board of Directors. 

We are excited to start this new chapter in our history - and to continue working collaboratively with our lung health peers and allies across the country,” continued Dr. Schellenberg.

“Of course, none of our work would be possible without our donors and volunteers; nor without the tireless dedication of our patient advocates, whose voice on lung health issues resonates loudest of all,” he concluded.

Media Contact: 

Katrina van Bylandt, Director, Communications & Engagement, BC Lung Foundation, Text/Cell 778.772.4788 | media@bclung.ca

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