Below are individuals who have dedicated time and effort to raising awareness on radon and lung cancer.
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Councillor Marianne Wilkinson – During her time as Councillor of Kanata North, Ontario, Marianne Wilkinson provided a shining example of the role elected officials can play in raising radon awareness. Hosting frequent radon awareness evenings, Councillor Wilkinson got the residents of her district talking about radon, and helped to inform fellow Ottawa Councillors of the issue.
Dr. Jack Cornett – During 10 years at Health Canada, Dr. Cornett initiated and led a number of high profile projects and programs, including the National Radon Program, which promotes radon testing and mitigation at both workplace and homes to reduce lung cancer risks from radon exposure. Much beloved by his colleagues, Dr. Cornett passed much too soon, in November of 2017. In 2018, CARST was honoured to present the Arthur G. Scott Achievement award to his family in his memory.
Dr. Dana Schmidt – After losing his wife to radon-induced lung cancer in 2009, Dr. Schmidt and his son established the Donna Schmidt Cancer Prevention Society, with the mission to reduce lung cancer from home and workplace radon exposure throughout the region. Dr. Schmidt is a passionate radon advocate and activist, and has successfully lobbied his local council to make changes to the building code. Dr. Schmidt was the recipient of CARST’s Arthur G. Scott Achievement award in 2017.
Mike Holmes – Mike Holmes is the powerhouse behind a media empire that encompasses several award-winning television series, syndicated newspaper columns, bestselling books, DVDs, magazines, and his own line of personal protective equipment manufactured by 3M. In 2014 Mike recognized that radon was a significant health issue that needed attention and he started to give his time to talk about radon and help raise awareness on the issue.
Diane Colton – Diane is a lung-cancer survivor and advocate passionate about raising awareness on lung cancer. She spends her free time working hard to raise awareness and funds for lung cancer research. For the last three years, Diane has sponsored a booth at the Calgary Marda Loop fair each August; sharing information on lung cancer research and raising funds for the University of Calgary Lung Cancer Initiatives.
National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health
NCCEH is an indispensable online resource for environmental health practitioners and policy-makers across Canada, focused on health risks associated with the physical environment and identifying evidence-based interventions to mitigate those risks.
Donna Schmidt Lung Cancer Prevention Society
In 2010 the Society was organized as a tax exempt charity and receives donations in support of the Society’s objective to reduce lung cancer from home and workplace radon exposure.
Canadian National Radon Proficiency Program
The Canadian National Radon Proficiency Program (C-NRPP) is a certification program that establishes guidelines and provides training and resources radon professionals.
Canadian Environmental Law Association
The Canadian Environmental Law Association is in the process of doing a policy review on radon across Canada.
Radon Workplace Challenge
Radon Workplace Challenge is a national program to engage workplaces in radon testing.
Canadian Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists
The Canadian Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (CARST) is a national association that works to raise radon awareness and reduce radon risk across Canada through an annual conference, membership resources and a regular newsletter.