Youth Advisory Council

Join our Youth Advisory Council! 

We are seeking youth age 16-25 to be a part of our Youth Advisory Council, and get the opportunity to help improve lung health in Nova Scotia. YAC members are ambassadors and advisors for meaningful youth engagement in Nova Scotia. The YAC members have the opportunity to act as ambassadors for the Lung Association of Nova Scotia through peer engagement, event organization, public speaking opportunities, and more.

This is a great opportunity to create a positive impact in the community while learning about lung health and building your resume. Members can expect to learn self-governance, leadership, creativity, and planning skills through this opportunity. 

The Lung Association of Nova Scotia YAC Mandate:

  • Enable young people to learn about and support lung health in Nova Scotia
  • Provide insight on diverse youth engagement and outreach strategies and opportunities in Nova Scotia
  • Advise the Lung Association of Nova Scotia on effective youth integration in the organization
  • Assist in the implementation of youth-led projects and activities
  • Ensure the voice of youth is heard by decision makers through existing initiatives at the Lung Association of Nova Scotia

 Commitment includes brief monthly meetings, as well as planning and implementation of youth-led initiatives. If you have any further questions, or are interested in joining, please contact Michelle Donaldson at 


Current Members

Lola Velden - YAC Chair

One of our first members of the LANS Youth Advisory Council (YAC), is our current council Chair Person, Lola Velden, who joined in March, 2019. Lola has suffered from asthma since she was a child, and she also attended the Lung Association of Nova Scotia’s annual summer camp, Camp Treasure Chest, which is held in partnership with Brigadoon Village each year.

Lola joined the Youth Advisory Council because of her experience of living with a lung condition and she wanted to engage communities more around lung health issues. She finds it rewarding to be able to talk to others on the council who are also passionate about lung health, and to hear their perspectives and learn about their experiences.

Lola was excited to help lead one of the YAC’s recent outreach projects, which encouraged people on social media to share lung health new year’s resolutions for a chance to win a local staycation. The Youth Advisory Council conceptualized the contest, presented the idea to LANS leadership, received buy-in, and then oversaw the creation of content and contest deployment.

Loukman Ghouti - YAC Co-Chair

Loukman joined the YAC in April 2018, in part because of his family's experience with lung disease. In 2017, he lost his grandmother to lung cancer. His grandmother never smoked. Doctors believed her cancer was the result of exposure to second-hand smoke. This difficult experience motivated Loukman to learn more about current provincial policies that relate to lung health and to advocate for positive change that could make a lasting impact.

As an aspiring physician and graduate of Dalhousie University’s Medical Sciences program, Loukman believes that medicine encompasses more than simply the ‘hard’ sciences; rather, it is a unique amalgamation of knowledge, compassion, and collaboration. 

As a member of the YAC, he hopes to advance policies that promote clean air, improve the lives of those living with lung disease, and bring more awareness to respiratory illnesses. His biggest goal in being a member of the YAC is to advocate for those who may not be able to advocate for themselves.

Lindsay French - YAC Secretary

Lindsay is a graduate student at Dalhousie University, enrolled in the physiotherapy program. Lindsay joined the Youth Advisory Council in June, 2020 after being encouraged by a peer who was already involved in the YAC.

Lindsay is passionate about health, and was inspired by the Lung Association of Nova Scotia's mission statement. She felt the YAC would be a great way to get become more involved in health promotion. Working towards becoming a physiotherapist, Lindsay wanted to focus more on learning about lung health, as she understands it is a vital part of our overall well-being. COVID-19 also encouraged her to learn more the importance of lung function, where we are living through a pandemic with a novel virus that attacks the respiratory system.

Lindsay prides herself on being a leader and having strong communication skills. She enjoys being a part of the YAC, meeting like-minded peers, and contributing to better lung health in Nova Scotia.

Bailey Dowell - YAC Member

Bailey is a graduate student at Acadia University, pursuing a Bachelor of Education degree. She joined the YAC in September, 2020. She saw the effects of smoking on her grandmother, and wants to be a part of spreading awareness about the dangers of smoking, especially as she enters the school system as a teacher.

She believes there needs to be more engagement in school to increase awareness and education around lung health, including awareness about the harms of vaping. She looks forward to working with the YAC to create youth engagement campaigns focused on vaping reduction.

Bailey is an athlete who is passionate about sports and fitness. She enjoys working others who have similar interests and a passion for living a healthy and active lifestyle.

Callie Dowell - YAC Member

Callie joined the YAC in May 2021, after learning about it through her sister. Callie is interested in helping to improve lung health, after witnessing her grandmother battle a smoking addiction, as well as seeing how vaping was becoming more prevalent and impacting her peers. Callie is interested in pursuing a career in medicine, so she is excited to be a part of a group that will support her health interests and ambitions, while helping others improve their own health. She is looking forward to creating and executing projects aimed at grade school children, focusing on youth education and prevention around vaping.

She enjoys being part of a group of like-minded youths from various backgrounds, who are all taking an active role in improving lung health in our province.

Page Last Updated: 26/05/2021