Victoria

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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See all media coverage from the Victoria Chapter, Vancouver Island and BC (updated July 15, 2017)

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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.

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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 victoria@dyingwithdignity.ca. 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.

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