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.
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."
- 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
Recent media coverage:
- See all the media coverage from the Victoria Chapter and Vancouver Island (updated January 22, 2017)
- FACT SHEET ON ASSISTED DYING: Resources for Vancouver Island residents looking for information on medical assistance in dying (PDF) -- January 2017
- Report -- MAiD on the Island: Updates on Medical Assistance in Dying (Public information meeting, Oct. 1, 2016 – Victoria, BC) (PDF)
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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February 11, 2017 -- Information table @ Victoria Central Library (drop-in)
- February 16, 2017 -- Death & Dying: Talking About It Won't Kill You (workshop @ Esquimalt Recreation Centre; pre-register)
- February 19, 2017 -- What Is a Good Death? Noreen Campbell's Legacy: An Informal Tribute (RSVP)
- 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
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.