Dr. Sue Hughson holds a B.Sc from University of Guelph, and a DVM from the Atlantic Veterinary College at UPEI. She has been practising veterinary medicine since 1990, starting in St John's, Newfoundland, then relocating to Vancouver.
Along with her duties on the DWDC board, Dr. Hughson is the co-chair of the DWDC Vancouver chapter. She oversees the organization of independent witnesses for assisted dying in the Lower Mainland region and delivers advance care planning presentations.
She is a mother of two children and a writer of short fiction and poetry, including art song collaborations. She has been involved in social activism in various forms over the years and currently serves as Past President of the British Columbia Humanist Association.
"My personal interest in medically assisted dying stems from a life spent observing the natural world, and being moved by the relations we make with one another and all life around us. On a more pragmatic level, this has often meant actively assisting animals in their death through the act of euthanasia. To deliver a good death requires skill, mindfulness and compassion. To deny a good death to an individual human who is suffering from grievous illness, with no chance of recovery, and who chooses an assisted end of life, is untenable to me.
The British Columbia Humanist Association maintains in their position statement that we support the right of the individual to have choice in medically assisted dying. We support and encourage changes to Canadian legislation to allow this choice, and we support the work of Dying With Dignity Canada."