From 2006 to 2014, individual members of DWDC held informal meetings for interested persons in Kingston. On two occasions, Wanda Morris, DWDC's former CEO, visited to conduct leadership sessions, and later, she and DWDC's Personal Support Program Manager, Nino Sekopet, held a meeting to outline goals. In 2014, five coordinators signed the document to declare the Kingston Chapter.
Since then, the Chapter has specialized in educational programs around most aspects of dying with dignity: advanced care plans, the role of substitute decision-makers, ethics and practicalities in life-ending situations, consent and capacity, passive life-ending methods, court decisions related to medical assistance in dying (MAID), the legislation permitting MAID, and access issues around MAID.
About the region:
Kingston is at the eastern end of Lake Ontario near the start of the St Lawrence river, and at the south end of the Rideau Canal. Kingston is famous for its history, universities, military connections, prisons, and reputation as a centre for sailing and diving. The Kingston area includes Napanee, Gananoque and other nearby communities.