“This special week is set aside to celebrate the respiratory therapy profession and the outstanding dedication and passion of respiratory therapists in Alberta. It is also a time to raise awareness about the vital role respiratory therapists have across the health-care system.

“Respiratory therapists provide essential care to Albertans to help them breathe easier. They work with patients of all ages in a variety of settings to provide life-saving and life-enhancing care.

“I want to sincerely thank respiratory therapists who are on the front lines throughout Alberta. They are displaying extraordinary efforts and tireless commitment to the challenging battle against COVID-19. Their expertise is helping to save lives.

“I also want to acknowledge the kindness respiratory therapists have been displaying throughout the pandemic. Their compassion at the bedside and while providing supports at home are helping patients and families during these very difficult times.

“I ask all Albertans to join me in thanking respiratory therapists during this special week.”