Historical quotes from our archive

The board of directors from the Alberta Tuberculosis Association poses for a picture sometime between 1948 and 1949. They include (top row from left to right) Director G.S. Lakie, Director Wilfrid Crossling, General Secretary Robert Dickey, Treasurer D.E. Batchelor, (bottom row from left to right) Past President R.W. Roscoe, President E.H. Read, Secretary C.H. Crooks, Vice President George G. Eaton.

The board of directors from the Alberta Tuberculosis Association poses for a picture sometime between 1948 and 1949. They include (top row from left to right) Director G.S. Lakie, Director Wilfrid Crossling, General Secretary Robert Dickey, Treasurer D.E. Batchelor, (bottom row from left to right) Past President R.W. Roscoe, President E.H. Read, Secretary C.H. Crooks, Vice President George G. Eaton.

After doing some extensive digging in our archive, staff at The Lung Association, Alberta & NWT (“TLA”) have found some interesting quotes from its past board members during the 1940s. 

The following are some of those quotes:

“…Our doctors and our government were at that same time, as now, well in the vanguard of the fight against tuberculosis, but we felt that there were many ways in which we – as a fully voluntary group financed by voluntary contributions – could assist the government and supplement their efforts.

“In a sense, we look upon ourselves as a research division for the tuberculosis program. We can test and prove an idea or a plan, and having proved it, the Department of Health may carry it on.”

— Eric Connelly, president of the Alberta Tuberculosis Association during 1947

“We are a society of laymen, in the medical sense. We have never attempted to consider any proposed action without the advice of our medical advisory board, comprising of four of the outstanding doctors in Alberta – each one appointed officially to represent some phase of medical activity with a direct bearing on out particular problems.”

— E.H. Read, president of the Alberta Tuberculosis Association during 1949

“The Tuberculosis Association, then, is the central office so-to-speak; the clearing-house; the common meeting ground for doctors, the official tax-supported agency and members of the public at large. It is a partnership which in Alberta has achieved a high degree of efficiency and effectiveness. I do not know of any other voluntary health organization that enjoys magnificent cooperation and support of the medical profession, the government and the public, that we do here.”

— R.W. Roscoe, president of the Alberta Tuberculosis Association in 1949.

Here are some other interesting facts that happened during the 1940s:

– Did you know streptomycin, an injectable antibiotic, was first used in Alberta to fight TB back in 1947.

– Back in 1948, the Alberta Tuberculosis Association (known today as TLA) provided miniature chest x-rays to 38 large hospitals across the province.

– In 1938, one year before the association was created, Christmas Seals fundraising programs raised $10,000 province-wide.

Do you have a story about a relative who was involved during TLA’s early years during the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s? Let us know about it by emailing jcummings@ab.lung.ca or by posting a comment below this post! 

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