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Jan Neumann, certified respiratory educator

Jan Neumann, CRE, CAE
Vice-president of Professional Education
The Lung Association of Saskatchewan

Jan Neumann is a certified respiratory educator with a double passion: improving the lives of those with lung disease and enhancing the education of health professionals who care for them.

Jan has led the Lung Association's development, and implementation of RESPtrec® (Respiratory Education and Training Courses) for health-care providers nationwide. These professional training courses, including AsthmaTrec, COPDTrec and SpiroTrec, are now the gold standard in Canada and have given health-care providers the ability to provide the best patient education and care. 

Jan has received many awards in respiratory excellence including the A. Les McDonald Award for Innovation and Excellence in Respiratory Care and Education by the Canadian Network for Respiratory Care and the Canadian Respiratory Health Professionals Distinction Award.

Now vice president of professional education, Jan has been working with the Lung Association of Saskatchewan for more than 25 years. She has been a mentor to many health care professionals and was the first-ever recipient of the Canadian Respiratory Health Professionals Distinction Award.

“Jan has been a mentor not only to me, but to numerous other colleagues and students in Saskatchewan and across Canada,” says Jaimie Peters, a health promotion coordinator and certified respiratory educator at the Lung Association of Saskatchewan.

 “Jan first became a mentor to me when I began my nursing career as a student with the Lung Association of Saskatchewan,” says Jill Hubick, a health promotion coordinator and certified respiratory educator. “She continues to be a mentor to me, a leader within our own office and around the country. What sets Jan apart is her ability to translate knowledge and educate others to provide safe and effective respiratory care.” 

Jan is also committed to helping children with asthma to lead full and active lives. Jan was also the director of the Wilf-Chamberlain ACT Asthma Camp in Saskatchewan for 19 years. “The camp required extensive organizing, planning and training of health-care professionals as medical staff and university students as camp counsellors to oversee the care of the 50 to 6- young enthusiastic 7-13 year olds for week,” says Karen Davis, a colleague at the University of Saskatchewan who has known Jan as for more than 25 years.