We are excited for a fall full of events at The Lung Association of Saskatchewan! Click on the event titles to register.
The Power of Breathing - Breathing Retraining Utilizing the Bradcliff Method with Respiratory Therapist Donna Turner
Thursday, October 28th, 2021 at 7 PM (CST)
Breathing is the most amazing tool we have to help us through life. Breathing is a tool we all have, one of such simplicity that its power is easily overlooked. This tool doesn’t cost a thing, is simple and available to everyone and can be accessed anytime and anywhere. It is, without a doubt, among the most effective antidotes to stress and a key component to wellbeing that we humans possess. Poor breathing patterns can trigger, exacerbate and perpetuate symptoms such as pain, anxiety, stress, digestive upset, fatigue, poor cognitive function and a multitude of other symptoms. By learning how to breathe properly, we can literally breathe our way to a better life and boost our health by learning simple breathing techniques. Awareness of our breathing patterns and muscular tension are the most powerful tools we have as individuals to control our thought patterns, our physiological state, our whole well-being. Through this webinar, we will explore how we can become more efficient breathers and maybe improve our lives along the way. When in doubt, breathe out!!
Donna Turner received her bachelor of science from the University of Saskatchewan in 1983 and a diploma in Respiratory Therapy from SAIT in Calgary in 1986. She has worked in acute care, home oxygen and today she works at the Cooperative Health Centre in Prince Albert, SK. Donna has obtained her Certified Asthma Educator (CAE) designation in 1999 and Certified Respiratory Educator (CRE) in 2006. She taught the RespTrec Educator programs for the Lung Association of Saskatchewan from 2007 – 2017. In 2017 she became a Bradcliff Method Practitioner.
Wednesday, November 24th, 2021 at 7 PM (CST)
Quitting smoking is the best thing an individual can do to reduce their chances of developing lung disease or to manage existing lung disease. This panel discussion will provide expertise with backgrounds in tobacco education, respirology, and addictions counseling.
Dr. Erika Penz is Associate Professor in the Division of Respirology, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan and Program Director for the Respirology Training Program. She has a particular interest in smoking cessation and the interaction of vaping and smoking among youth and is co-founder and co-facilitator of Youth4Change, an education and advocacy youth group aimed at protecting children and youth from the harms of vaping.
Lynn MacKinnon is one of the 467 CTEs in Canada who to date have qualified as a Certified Tobacco Educator through the Canadian Network for Respiratory Care. She has completed the following specialty courses through the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health TEACH Program: Comprehensive Course on Tobacco Cessation; Integrated Chronic Disease Management; and Tobacco Interventions for Clients with Mental Health and/or Substance Use Disorder.
Cory Gambler works with the File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council which is situated on treaty four territory. For the first 10 years with FHQTC he worked at a treatment center for first Nations Youth hat have had addictions affect their lives. Now for the past three years, he has worked with FHQ Health Services. FHQ provides services to 11 first nations communities. Since being at FHQ Health Services he has been in charge of running a tobacco cessation program. The program looks at helping people to cut down and or quit smoking, by the use of NRT’s or quit smoking challenges, also, with cultural teachings from elders in the communities.