Calvin Young has been actively involved in the Thunder Bay health community as a result of his own lung disabilities. After attending a local rehab program, Calvin saw opportunities for improvement and formed Every Breath Counts – a monthly peer group for people living with and affected by lung disease. The group educates patients, caregivers and family members and provides guidance for navigating the health system.
For 25 years Calvin worked in broadcasting, directing, and producing award-winning news and public affairs programs. During this time, he was one of the producers and directors of an annual telethon, which raised over $2 million for local cystic fibrosis research. Since retirement, Calvin has been a volunteer at Cystic Fibrosis Canada, The Canadian Red Cross, Catholic Family Development Centre, St. Joseph’s Foundation, Canadian Mental Health Association, Persons United For Self Help, and many more. In 2007, Calvin was named Thunder Bay’s Volunteer of the Year and was honoured by The Council of Canadians with Disabilities in 2005.