Victoria

The Victoria chapter formed in December 2015 to represent the interests of almost 1,000 Dying With Dignity Canada supporters on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.

In February 2016, the chapter expanded its reach to all of Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands’ 855+ DWDC supporters. It works closely with the long-established Salt Spring Island and Vancouver chapters.

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), palliative care volunteer and busy DWDC supporter
  • Adrian Fine, retired kidney specialist (clinician and researcher) who is also an active member of DWDC’s Physicians Advisory Council
  • John Priddle, retired and an active member of DWDC’s Disability Advisory Council

They 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’s current focus is on advocacy to ensure good access to physician-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.

For more information and to become involved, contact victoria@dyingwithdignity.ca.

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Upcoming events:

Recent media coverage: 

June 16, 2016: Bad legislation is worse than no legislation, Jeffrey Brooks writes in a letter to the Globe and Mail.

June 12, 2016: Jeffrey Brooks writes a letter to the Times Colonist about why the absence of law is better than the flawed Bill C-14.

June 6, 2016: On CBC's The Current, doctors—including Victoria's Dr. Stefanie Green and Vancouver's Dr. Ellen Wiebe—discuss how to proceed as the deadline passes for assisted dying legislation.

May 23, 2016: Jeffrey Brooks, Victoria Chapter Co-chair, speaks to Ian Jessop about the flawed Bill C-14.

April 19, 2016: Ellen Agger speaks to radio host Ian Jessop about Bill C-14.

April 15, 2016: CBC's The National features Victoria supporter and advocate Laura Phelps and DWDC CEO Shanaaz Gokool.

April 14, 2016: Ellen Agger speaks to radio host Al Ferraby about the federal government's proposed assisted dying legislation.

April 14, 2016: Jeffrey Brooks speaks to radio host Joe Perkins about Bill C-14.

April 14, 2016: John Priddle, DWDC Victoria Chapter and Disability Advisory Council member, speaks to the Times Colonist in response to the federal assisted dying legislation.

April 4, 2016: In response to the Times Colonist piece Transplants and Assisted Dying: A Family's Story, co-chair Jeffrey Brooks wrote about hospice patients having the option of assisted death.

March 9, 2016: DWDC Victoria Chapter co-chair, Ellen Agger, explains why she advocates for end of life choice.

March 9, 2016: Dr. Adrian Fine, Physicians Advisory Council and Victoria Chapter member, reflects on the B.C. College of Physicians and Surgeons’ recommendations and the lack of leadership on the part of the B.C. government.

February 10, 2016: MDs must provide effective referrals, writes John Priddle in the Times Colonist. 

January 18, 2016: Jeffrey Brooks speaks to CFAX about physician assisted dying and palliative care.

January 15, 2016: Member John Priddle reflects on his condition and the four-month extension that pushed decriminalized to June 6th, rather than February 6th.

Videos:

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.