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.

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."

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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.

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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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.