Wanda Morris is the former CEO of Dying With Dignity Canada.
For the past five years, she has been a key influence-maker in discussions of physician assisted death. She led a national strategic campaign for legislative change leading up to the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in the ground-breaking Carter v. Canada case. She has tirelessly represented the 84 per cent of Canadians who believe in death with dignity and is a strong champion for choice and compassion at end of life.
Dying With Dignity Canada works to prevent unwanted suffering at end of life. They educate about advance care planning, patient rights and the case for physician assisted death. DWD Canada also offers a unique support program, where individuals who are sick and dying receive information about all their legal options should they wish to seek a gentle death.
"I think as a society we are too scared of death. We need to see death as part of the cycle of life and not go to extraordinary lengths (and expense) to preserve life when death is the kinder option.
As Canadians, we have a number of rights. Now it's time we have one more. If a time comes when I am suffering and want to end my life, I hope I can choose my time, gather my loved ones around me and gently go into the good night."