The Victoria chapter formed in December 2015 and later expanded its reach to represent the interests of more than 1,200 Dying With Dignity Canada supporters on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. We work closely with the Vancouver chapter.
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Recent media coverage:
- June 23, 2017: John Priddle: Will choice be available to me when I need it?, Dying With Dignity Canada Blog
- June 23, 2017: Island Health opts to move Comox hospice beds to secular facility, Times Colonist
- June 21, 2017, No legal basis for faith ban on assisting death, Times Colonist
- June 18, 2017: One year after Canada's medically assisted dying law, patients face uneven access, CBC News
- June 18, 2017: Worried about access to assisted dying, group seeks more secular care in Comox Valley, Times Colonist
Doctors seek clarity on who gets medical help in dying - See more at: http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/doctors-seek-clarity-on-who-gets-medical-help-in-dying-1.20519178#sthash.4BJpp5s9.dpufDoctors seek clarity on who gets medical help in dying - See more at: http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/doctors-seek-clarity-on-who-gets-medical-help-in-dying-1.20519178#sthash.4BJpp5s9.dpuf
- See all the media coverage from the Victoria Chapter and Vancouver Island (updated June 25, 2017)
- RESOURCES ON ASSISTED DYING: Information for Vancouver Island residents on medical assistance in dying (PDF) -- April 2017 (Prepared by Victoria Chapter)
- Report -- MAiD on the Island: Updates on Medical Assistance in Dying (Public information meeting, Oct. 1, 2016 – Victoria, BC) (PDF)
- BC Advance Care Planning Webinar, Part 1 (register and watch recording of free webinar held on June 15, 2017)
- BC Advance Care Planning Webinar, Part 2 (register and watch recording of free webinar held on June 22, 2017)
Rest in peace, Noreen Campbell:
Vancouver Island activist and member of Dying With Dignity Canada's Disability Advisory Council, Noreen Campbell died in her sunroom at home, surrounded by family, on January 12, 2017. Two days before her planned assisted death she wrote:
"This is MAID in a nut shell – acceptance of dying and stopping the suffering associated with it. This is the peaceful death – for me and for my family."
A beautiful memorial celebrating her life in all its rich dimensions was held on Jan. 28, 2017. It was attended by hundreds of people whose lives she touched.
A new video series, Noreen Speaks, launched on February 18, 2017: B.C.'s Noreen Campbell reflects on her choice in new video series. Watch the second video: About managing fear and gaining peace of mind. Stay tuned for new videos to be posted on the DWDC blog.
- January 25, 2017: Jeffrey Brooks speaks about Noreen Campbell and more, CFAX 1070 Radio
- January 20, 2017: Why a B.C. woman chose an assisted death, The Globe and Mail
- January 17, 2017: 'For me every breath is work': Why Noreen Campbell chose assisted dying, CBC: The Current interview with Dr. Brian Goldman and Anna-Maria Tremonti
- January 13, 2017: Dying words: North Saanich woman’s appointment with death, Times Colonist
- January 13, 2017: Demand for doctor-assisted dying on Vancouver Island grows, CHEK News
- January 13, 2017: B.C. nurse sought wider access to legally assisted death, CBC News Online
- December 28, 2016: Video: Approved for assisted dying, Noreen Campbell opens up about her choice
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.
We are active and leaders with the national independent witness program, providing trained volunteers to people who need their formal request for an assisted death witnessed and are unable to find their own witnesses. Learn more about DWDC's Witness Policy here.
For more information and to get involved, contact email@example.com. Contact us to speak to your group about end-of-life choice, assisted dying and patient rights.
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To watch videos from our Victoria Chapter, visit our Videos page.
- June 21, 2017, 7pm -- Public Forum to Discuss the Future of Seniors Residential and Hospice Care in the Comox Valley, an Equal Access Committee event in Comox, BC
- June 6, 2017, Dying With Dignity Presentation (Nanaimo)
- April 6, 2017, Death & Dying: Talking About It Won't Kill You (at Greater Victoria Public Library, Central Branch)
- April 1, 2017: Dying With Dignity Workshop in Duncan, BC
- February 19, 2017 -- What Is a Good Death? Noreen Campbell's Legacy: An Informal Tribute
- February 16, 2017 -- Death & Dying: Talking About It Won't Kill You (workshop @ Esquimalt Recreation Centre)
- February 11, 2017 -- Information table @ Victoria Central Library (drop-in)
- 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