Kaela Hilderley RRT, CRE, BEdAEd, President, Elliot Lake Family Health Team

Kaela Hilderley graduated with her respiratory therapy diploma from Canadore college in 2011. She is currently the only registered respiratory therapist in Elliot lake, a retirement community of 11000 people, and is working at the Elliot Lake Family Health Team. Since accepting the position in 2012, she has been expanding the role of the Respiratory Therapist within her FHT. Kaela has acquired numerous additional certifications since 2012, including her certification as a respiratory educator, to help bring specialised respiratory care services to her community. She was a key stakeholder in the initiation of a pulmonary rehab program in Elliot lake, whereas participants would have otherwise had to travel 200+km for such a service. Her passion for respiratory health and health education led her to completing her bachelors of education, in adult education in 2016 and is looking forward to continuing to promote and provide respiratory health care in her role as president of the RTSO in 2018.