Leigh Naturkach

Leigh Naturkach is the Director of Philanthropy for Women’s College Hospital Foundation. Leigh is a past board member of other social justice organizations that worked for promoting and supporting reproductive rights, and that served vulnerable and marginalized girls. 

Leigh began her career in the media industry. After nearly a decade of volunteer work focused on the women’s sector, she transitioned to non-profit where she developed experience and expertise both in fundraising and program management, specifically in the areas of women's economic development and gender-based violence prevention.

Leigh is enrolled in continuing education to enhance her foundational knowledge in social justice issues. She is registered at Ryerson University for Community Engagement, Development and Leadership certification, and at Centennial College in the Thanatology Certification program. She is also currently in the process of completing the Institute of Traditional Medicine’s End of Life Care program for 2017.

Leigh is a community activist, a published writer on feminism and other subjects where she has opinions, marathon runner, Twitter enthusiast, and most often found finding different ways of eating peanut butter.

Viewpoint:

I believe in and fight for equity, quality of life, bodily autonomy, safety, informed choice, empathy, and consent. The work of Dying With Dignity Canada reflects all of those concepts.

I personally do not wish to prolong my death, suffer unnecessarily at end of life, or inflict undue burden on others or systems because of circumstances, technology, outdated culture, and/or poorly informed or biased decision makers who do not represent my values or my wishes. Unnecessary end-of-life suffering is preventable. To the extent possible, I want to have the choice for what is right for me when it is my time. I want the same for my loved ones, and for others. 

Dying With Dignity Canada is a fundamental and leading voice on rights, access, and literacy about death and medically-assisted dying in Canada. To me, they are the beating, pumping heart of this human rights movement. I need their voice so that when my time comes, I will have the ability to exercise my own. Like life and death, rights and access are not always guaranteed. Vigilance and action are always necessary, are always options. Complacency is not.