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Preparing for Extreme Heat and Poor Air Quality Events: Health Impacts

Extreme hot weather and poor air quality events related to forest wildfires and rising air temperatures are occurring more and more often across the province. Join us for this interactive session in which you will learn how to recognize extreme heat illnesses and how to respond (e.g. when to call 911); become familiar with how to prevent or lower the risk of extreme heat and poor air quality and related illnesses; and hear about existing resources for communicating with staff and tenants.



May 14, 2019


10:00 am - 11:30 am



Member Cost:


Who should attend

Front-line support staff/building managers and operators of non-profit housing as well as leadership at the executive and board level.

What you will learn

  • Confidently recognize extreme heat and poor air quality risks and illnesses and what to do.
  • Know what actions can be taken in preparation for this summer, such as where to access information, how to educate your staff and tenants, and how to create an action plan.
  • Take-away practical resources.


The speakers will include health experts and sustainability practitioners involved in preparing for extreme heat and poor air quality events:

  • Dr. Sarah Henderson, Senior Scientist, Environmental Health Services, BC Center for Disease Control
  • Dr. Michael Schwandt, Public Health Physician, BC Center for Disease Control
  • Tamsin Mills, Senior Sustainability Specialist, City of Vancouver
  • Magdalena Szpala, Senior Sustainability Advisor, BC Housing

The session will be moderated by Jackie Kanyuk, Asset Management Coordinator, BCNPHA.