Leigh Naturkach

Leigh Naturkach is a Board member of Dying With Dignity Canada, and is the Director, Advancement for Women’s College Hospital Foundation.

She is a graduate of the Institute of Traditional Medicine’s Contemplative End of Life Care Program (2017), and has completed a certificate in Centennial College’s Thanatology studies program. She is currently enrolled at Ryerson University’s Continuing Education program for Community Engagement, Development and Leadership certification.

Leigh enjoys women's issues, writing, rallying, and running.

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suffer unnecessarily at end of life, or inflict undue burden on others or systems because of circumstances, technology, outdated culture, and/or poorly informed or biased decision makers who do not represent my values or my wishes.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.