Victoria

The Victoria chapter formed in December 2015 and later expanded its reach to represent the interests of more than 2,000 Dying With Dignity Canada supporters on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. We work closely with the Vancouver chapter.

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See all media coverage from the Victoria Chapter, Vancouver Island and BC (updated November 6, 2017)

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Our work:

The Victoria chapter works to ensure fair access to assisted dying, a legal right for all British Columbians who qualify under the federal law. With a strong core of volunteers, we focus on education on legal end-of-life choices. Contact us to speak to your group about end-of-life choice, assisted dying and patient rights. Our latest presentation is Assisted Dying 101: The Basics. We have presented it to great interest to over 200 people around Victoria. We would welcome holding a meeting with your group.

We were leaders in developing the national independent witness program, and now provide 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 Victoria chapter co-chairs Ellen Agger and Jeffrey Brooks at victoria@dyingwithdignity.ca.

Rest in peace, Noreen Campbell:

Noreen Campbell and DashaVancouver 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.

Videos:

To watch videos from our Victoria Chapter, visit our Videos page.

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