Jacqui Brinkman is one of BC Lung's newer Directors. She’s been involved with lung health for many years, and we’re lucky to have her on board. We spoke to Jacqui to find out what inspired her to get involved, and the causes closest to her heart.
How did you first hear about the BC Lung Association?
I started working for the Heart and Lung Institute at St. Paul’s Hospital in 2003 (then called the iCAPTURE Centre). The BC Lung Association did a lot for our centre, and helped support some of the great research that was ongoing there.
What inspired you to get involved as a Director?
The BC Lung Association has always supported the Heart and Lung Institute. Their involvement instilled a culture of giving back amongst all the clinicians and researchers that worked there. Six years ago, I switched jobs and began working in graduate studies at UBC. Becoming involved as a BC Lung Association Director has not only allowed me to give back to the organization, but also reconnect with the lung health research community.
Living in Vancouver, is there a lung health issue impacting your community?
I’m a cycling commuter, so the first issue that comes to mind is the traffic and vehicle pollution. The air is something we all share, so I encourage everyone to do their part and try to reduce their impact on air pollution. Things like taking the Skytrain, bussing, cycling, or even walking to work can have a big impact.
Is there anything else you’ve noticed in terms of air pollution?
I’m an avid backpacker, but the wildfires have really affected my ability to do so over the past couple of summers. Wildfires are a big issue, and the smoke is impacting a lot of communities in BC. Simple things like following campfire bans in the summer can go a long way in helping to reduce these fires.
Any last thoughts?
The people that work at the BC Lung Association are amazing – they truly care and are very passionate about improving lung health in BC, and beyond.