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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Recent media coverage:
See all media coverage from the Victoria Chapter, Vancouver Island and BC (updated November 6, 2017)
- November 3, 2017: Should Patients With Dementia Be Able To Decline Spoon-Feeding?, NPR
- September 18, 2017: Plaintiff in assisted dying court challenge finally gets medical help to die, Times Colonist
- September 15, 2017: Video: What it's like to provide assisted dying for the first time, Dying With Dignity Canada Blog
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
- RESOURCES: ASSISTED DYING (MAiD) ON VANCOUVER ISLAND (PDF) -- September 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)
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 email@example.com.
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
To watch videos from our Victoria Chapter, visit our Videos page.
- November 2, 2017: Medical Assistance in Dying: The Basics of Bill C-14 (Central Library)
- September 30, 2017: Information Table @ Central Library (drop-in in the Central Library lobby)
- 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