Meet our Radon Champions

Here are individuals who have dedicated time and effort to raising awareness on radon and lung cancer.

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Do you have a story of lung cancer that you want to share?

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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.