We hope everyone has been staying healthy and safe through this
unprecedented time, while also doing their part to keep those with
lung disease, who are most at risk, protected.
With COVID-19 being a virus that attacks the respiratory system, we
feel that our work has never been more important. We continue to
focus on promoting lung health and providing the supports and
services Nova Scotians need in order to manage and improve their
Throughout this pandemic we have found new ways to collaborate as a
team with many staff still working from home on certain days.
Additionally, we continue to support those who rely on our programs
and services by implementing safety measures. We remain diligent in
following public health guidelines and we will continue to take
extra precautions where needed in order to service the 1-in-5
Nova Scotians living with lung disease.
As we continue into the summer, we hope you continue to stay
connected with us and follow guidelines set out by government
leaders and public health officials.
Please take care of yourself and your loved ones.
We’re all in this together.
and lung health,
President & CEO
Lung Association of Nova Scotia
COVID-19 & Lung Health
COVID-19 is a respiratory virus, making our mission to prevent and
manage lung disease even more vital, as this pandemic continues.
While COVID-19 can be life threatening to individuals of any age,
there are some who are more at risk, including those who are living
with lung disease, as their respiratory health is already
In addition to standard protection measures that
all individuals should continue to take, there are further
precautions that people living with lung disease should take into
If you have been in
close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or believe
you have otherwise been exposed to COVID-19 or are confirmed
to have this infection, stay home and contact your
respirologist and primary care provider for advice right away.
respirologist and primary care provider if you have recently
travelled from an area that has known cases of COVID-19.
will continue to work towards the prevention and management of lung
disease through advocacy, patient services, education and
Sustain Technologies Inc. – Creating a Cleaner
It is easy to throw a black bag at the end of your driveway and
never think about it again. However, the more waste that goes into
our landfills, with no recyclable purpose, the worse our
environment and global health becomes as pollution rises. As ozone
pollution increases, respiratory illnesses are expected to worsen
and take even more lives. To continue to be a part of the solution
for lung health, we have partnered with Sustane Technologies to
recycle sleep apnea machines that no longer operate.
Sustane Technologies Inc. is an innovative Nova Scotia start-up
focused on creating a clean, sustainable future. Sustane Tech
transforms 90% of municipal solid waste into reusable energies by
separating the materials found in black bags. Through this process,
Sustane Technologies has created a reduction in CO2
emission equivalent to the permanent removal of over 41,000 cars
from the roads.
Our current Sleep Apnea Refurbishment Program
collects donations of gently-used CPAP and BiPAP machines, which
are then refurbished and delivered to those who need the therapy
but are unable to afford it. Unfortunately, not all donated
machines can be refurbished. Sustane Technologies has been an excellent
partner in helping us responsibly dispose of all machines that our
program cannot put to further use.
Kevin Cameron, a member of Sustane Technologies Inc., expressed the
synergy that he sees between Sustane Technologies and the Lung
Association of Nova Scotia. Creating a healthier population and
environment is a top priority for both organizations, leading to a
meaningful partnership that Cameron says he hopes to see strengthen
and grow overtime.
Meet our Chair – Linda Gregory
Linda Gregory knows how to put the community first. For her,
community has always been top of mind, as she strives to create
healthier and happier communities. Linda Gregory is the current
Deputy Warden on the Digby Municipal Council and volunteers with
many other organizations and community events. With her long list
of involvements, passions and experiences, we could not be more fortunate
to have Linda Gregory as the Chair of our Board.
As a health professional, working with the Lung Association was a
natural fit for Linda Gregory. Since first joining the Lung
Association as a volunteer in 1992, then shortly after becoming a
board member, Gregory has taken her opportunity to make a
positive impact on Nova Scotia lung health.
Gregory recounts that her mother had been involved with the Lung
Association and how that translated into her own desire to be
involved. Further, Linda Gregory knows the challenges that lung
illness can have on a family. Gregory, herself is an asthmatic and
raised two children with asthma, in addition to having a brother
who battled tuberculosis. Gregory recognizes the importance of
continuing to provide programming and support for lung health, and
feels there are still far too many individuals who are unaware of
Since joining the LANS board, Gregory has taken pride in the
contributions she has made to the Lung Association’s mission. She
speaks most fondly of Camp Treasure Chest and the impact that
the camp has had on Nova Scotia youth and their families. Gregory
reflects on how she regrets not being able to have her children
attend Camp Treasure Chest when they were young, but could not
be more excited for the future generations and growing number of
children that have been able to learn about their lung illnesses
while enjoying camp.
With her industrious personality, Gregory continues to strive to
spread awareness on the importance of lung health and ignite
positive changes in Nova Scotia. We are incredibly fortunate to
have Linda Gregory leading our board and collaborating with our
team. Together, we are working to create a province where no one
struggles to breathe.
May 8th, 119 Nova Scotians started our Smoke Free Now Challenge,
where participants were challenged to stay smoke free for 4 weeks.
Eighteen participants successfully quit smoking for the duration of
the challenge, and received the gift of local lobster as a reward
for their efforts.
challenge was a slight variation of the Quit Cold Turkey smoking
cessation program that we typically offer in November. The Smoke
Free Now Challenge rallied a 15% success rate. This is a
significant reduction from the Quit Cold Turkey Program success
rates which are usually between 25 to 40%. However, we see this as
an indication of how strenuous COVID-19 has been on many
individuals, as stress can play a big part in an individual's
attempts to quit smoking, despite the reality that smoking is not a
stress reliever. We see these results as a reminder to
continue to find ways to support Nova Scotians in their attempts to
quit smoking. It has never been more important, as their lung
health is further at risk.
want to congratulate all successful participants and encourage all
other participants to keep trying -you are one attempt closer to
Camp Treasure Chest Goes Virtual
Since 1989 Camp Treasure Chest has taught children across Nova
Scotia to take control of and manage their asthma
through educational session with health experts. While at
camp children also take part in every day camp experiences such as
crafts and games. However, with the increased vulnerability of
these children to COVID-19 and current regulations, Camp Treasure
Chest is going to look a bit different this year.
Working with Brigadoon Village we have been able to support a
virtual Camp Treasure Chest. The camp will run from August 3rd
to August 6th. Campers will be able to join in on fun programs and
cabin time each morning and afternoon. Camp traditions will
continue throughout the week, even if they’re a little different.
Screen time with Brigadoon will be balanced with time to get
outside, move around and play each day.
We are excited to have campers back at Camp Treasure Chest for
another year, even if it’s joining us from home!
Thank you to Brigadoon Village for being so dedicated to helping
make this camp a reality for the kids who value it so much!
Links Fore Lungs Books
This season’s Links Fore Lungs Book has over 100 BOGO green fees,
driving range deals, play and stay discounts, and mini putts at
over 55 golf courses throughout the Atlantic Provinces. While the
golf season may be a bit shorter this year, we are still grateful
for the support of the courses who donate offers, as this
fundraiser has always been an important source of funding for the
Lung Association of Nova Scotia.
Indian Lake Golf Course has been a participant in our Links Fore
Lungs Book since 1997, offering four BOGO green fees in this year’s
book. Their beautiful 18-hole course is only 10 minutes from
Halifax and offers an exciting round of golf with scenic views on
Course owner, Jim Durant, says the partnership is mutually
beneficial, as Indian Lake Golf Course receives profits from each
sale they make, while also receiving publicity from the book and
the overall promotion of golf. Further, Durant recognizes the
importance of providing education and programs to improve lung
We are incredibly grateful for all our participants this year and
the numerous courses that have continued to support our operations
year after year. If you have not yet purchased your Links Fore
Lungs Book they are available for purchase online: https://ns.lung.ca/lung-book
Show Us Your Snores Campaign
This spring we took to social media asking for people to share
videos of themselves or others snoring whether it be a pet, friend,
or family member (with their permission).Through this fun,
interactive challenge we aimed to raise awareness about sleep apnea
and the important work done by the Lung Association of Nova Scotia
to make treatment more accessible, while simultaneously encouraging
Nova Scotians to laugh and have fun. While this year’s campaign has
ended, we are hopeful that this will become an annual campaign with
increased participation each year.
Snoring can often be a symptom of obstructive sleep apnea – a
condition that can cause a person to stop breathing, sometimes over
30 times per hour. Over 30,000 Nova Scotians living with sleep
apnea and therapy can cost anywhere from $1500-$6000, making this
vital therapy inaccessible for many whose health depends on it.
Through our Sleep Apnea Refurbishment Program we work to combat
this issue by collecting gently-used, newer models of CPAP and
BiPAP machines. Students from Dalhousie University's School of
Health Sciences work to refurbish the machines for distribution to
patients who could otherwise not afford therapy.