Victoria Chapter

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The Victoria Chapter of Dying with Dignity Canada (DWDC) was formed in December 2015 by volunteers John Priddle, Ellen Agger and Jeffrey Brooks. The Victoria Chapter of DWDC was a leader in helping develop the national Independent Witness Program; it continues to provide trained volunteers to people who need their formal request for an assisted death witnessed but are unable to find their own witness. We serve the Greater Victoria region, comprised of 13 municipalities and an estimated population of 408,833 people. For services delivered remotely, such as virtual witnessing and virtual presentations, the Chapter serves Vancouver Island. 

Services Provided

  • Independent Witnessing for medical assistance in dying requests
  • Presentations explaining medical assistance in dying, how the federal legislation is implemented in British Columbia and sharing personal experiences from volunteers whose family members have accessed MAID
  • Virtual presentations on how the federal legislation is implemented in British Columbia, including when the legislation applies to citizens

Our Chapter's Team

Gwen Anholt

Co-Chair

Lynne Van Luven

Co-Chair

Ellen Agger

Secretary

Susan Desjardins

Educational Outreach

Mark Gervan

Educational Outreach

Jane Wilson

Educational Outreach

Jasmin Alexander

Social Media Coordinator

Upcoming Events

As part of Dying With Dignity Canada’s, “Regional Spotlight Series ” DWDC will speak with Diane Gwartz and Dr. Gerald Ashe 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 death and dying in Ontario

As part of Dying With Dignity Canada’s series, “Your Health care Team Series ” DWDC will speak with Mono Brown, PhD and Michele King about what they do, common misconceptions about their services, and how they support individuals and their families. 

Your health care team: Death Doulas

Contact us

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victoria@dyingwithdignity.ca

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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