The Victoria chapter formed in December 2015 and expanded its reach to represent the interests of more than 1,000 Dying With Dignity Canada supporters on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. We work closely with the Vancouver chapter.
Resources and actions:
- Fact sheet: Resources for Vancouver Island residents looking for information on medical assistance in dying (PDF) -- November 2016
- Report -- MAiD on the Island: Updates on Medical Assistance in Dying (Public information meeting, Oct. 1, 2016 – Victoria, BC) (PDF)
- Act now: Speak out for fair access to assisted dying on Vancouver Island
Leadership and focus:
Four volunteers lead the chapter:
- Ellen Agger (co-chair), formerly in the leadership of the Nova Scotia chapter and long-time DWDC member
- Jeffrey Brooks (co-chair), a palliative care volunteer and busy DWDC supporter
- Adrian Fine, a retired kidney specialist (clinician and researcher) and active member of DWDC’s Physicians Advisory Council
- John Priddle, a retired professor and active member of DWDC’s Disability Advisory Council
We work with a core group of keen volunteers and welcome others to become involved in the chapter’s activities as they evolve.
The Victoria chapter focuses on advocacy and education to ensure good access to assisted dying in BC. As the chapter is located in the province’s capital and the seat of BC’s Parliament, its leadership hopes this will help them effectively educate and advocate for the rights of British Columbians to a death with dignity.
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- November 14, 2016 -- Film: Last Cab To Darwin and Q & A with Dying With Dignity Canada Victoria Chapter
- October 1, 2016 -- MAID on the Island: information session in Victoria about access to assisted dying on Vancouver Island
Recent media coverage:
Victoria's Laura Phelps: "Help me make my mom's protracted and horrific death meaningful":
An open letter to Parliament:
What's wrong with Bill C-14?
Laura Phelps speaks with Victoria's John Priddle about the problematic Bill C-14.