Donna Schmidt Lung Cancer Prevention Society

Following Donna’s death from Lung Cancer on 2 January, 2009, her husband, Dana Schmidt, and son, Brian (2011 Nobel Laureate in Physics), established the Donna Schmidt Memorial Lung Cancer Prevention Society. In 2010 the Society was organized as a tax exempt charity and receives donations in support of the Society’s objective to reduce lung cancer from home and workplace radon exposure.

The Society has donated electronic detectors to the Castlegar Community Library.  Please visit the library to check out these detectors.  They can provide short term readings that can be used for determining relative risk from radon and are useful when you need to have immediate results.  Our data has indicated they provide similar results to the puck detectors that are recommended by Health Canada.  Because of the initial success of the lending program we will likely be distributing them to other Libraries within the Kootenay’s by fall of 2020.  This will likely be replacing the puck program that we have maintained for the past 10 years.

If you check out a detector from a library, please provide the data to the Society so we can determine where to channel our Society’s resources to best reduce lung cancer from radon in our region. Directions on submitting the data are provided when you checkout the detector.  Please consider a donation to support this program.

The Society also donates long term radon detectors to household’s and business places in the West Kootenay’s, with detector’s available from:

Golder Associates Ltd, 201 Columbia Avenue,Castlegar
BC Community Programs Office, 1319 Bay Avenue, Trail, BC
RDCK offices at:

202 Lakeside Drive, Nelson, BC 
531B – 16th Ave. S., Creston, BC 
204 – 6th Ave.,Nakusp, BC 

The data that are submitted to the Society are kept confidential; Data collected from the program are summarized to provide both geographical and statistical summaries of the hazard radon in the West Kootenays.  Presentations are made upon request to interested organizations. The Society also is working with the Castlegar Rotary Club at providing radon mitigation demonstration projects in Castlegar for reducing houselhold radon.

For More information about the Society, please contact Dana Schmidt at:

250 304-8837

or email him at:

Donations to the Society can be made at :

Donna Schmidt Lung Cancer Prevention Society,
Account #839.01270.28, CIBC World Markets,
CIBC Wood Gundy, 502 Victoria St., Nelson, BC V1L 4K8

A Tax Deductable Receipt will be issued to all donors at the end of the year.