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Calgary Chapter

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About Us

Calgary was the first Chapter formed at Dying With Dignity Canada (DWDC) by co-founders Trish Remmers and Sigrid Wili. The first meeting was held on May 22, 2012. The Calgary Chapter encompasses all of Alberta south of Lacombe. We work closely with the Edmonton Chapter on provincial issues and Zoom presentations.

Services Provided

  • Education through in-person and virtual events on end-of-life choices
  • Presentations and workshops on Advance Care Planning, Personal Directives and Goals of Care (scroll down for Additional Information)
  • Presentations on medical assistance in dying (MAID) and how to access it in Alberta (scroll down for Additional Information)
  • General presentations on end-of-life decisions and conversations (scroll down for Additional Information)
  • Independent Witnessing for medical assistance in dying requests in Calgary
  • Political advocacy regarding provincial actions around MAID provisions
  • Media relations regarding MAID issues, including writing articles and placing them in local newspapers
  • Over-the-phone grief support

Our Chapter's Team

Kerrie Hale

Co-Chair

Paul Morck

Co-Chair

Upcoming Events

As part of Dying With Dignity Canada’s, “Regional Spotlight Series ” DWDC will speak with Dr. Kim Wiebe and Lindsay Bacala about  common misconceptions about the medical assistance in dying (MAID) process, general attitudes toward death and dying, and local resources to help navigate grief.

Navigating MAID in Manitoba

Additional Resources

Alberta Health Services

General MAID information and how to access it in Alberta

Alberta Health Services

Record of Request for Medical Assistance in Dying Form (Alberta)

Note: The Alberta government has not yet updated the Record of Request to reflect legislation passed in March 2021. Since that legislation was passed, only 1 witness is required.

Record of Request for Medical Assistance in Dying Form (Alberta)

Advance Care Planning

Download a kit - specifically for Alberta - that details your wishes for care in the event that you cannot speak for yourself.

Advance Care Planning

Canadian Virtual Hospice

Understanding MAID for individuals, families and health care providers.

Canadian Virtual Hospice

Bridge C-14

Peer-to-peer connections and community supports through all stages of MAID

Bridge C-14

Bridge4You

Support from those with lived-experience of MAID for family members and friends considering or planning for MAID.

Bridge4You

Additional Information

Community education: The Calgary Chapter has presentations available on a number of end-of-life topics: General End-of-Life Rights and Options; MAID in Alberta; and Advance Care Planning. The latter presentation explains the purpose and benefits of an Advance Care Plan, how to begin this process, and how to select a Substitute Decision-Maker.  

Information sessions are free and can be tailored to suit your group’s specific concerns. Each session can last from 45 to 90 minutes (depending on your group’s preferences) with an additional 15 minutes for a Q&A. These sessions can be offered via Zoom or in person.

If you would like to request a presentation for a specific local group, or if you know of a local group who might want to be an audience for either presentation, please email Paul Morck, Calgary Chapter Co-Chair at calgary@dyingwithdignity.ca.

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DWDC supports Canadians navigating end-of-life choice and care, we do not provide the information or means to end a life.

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