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


Lynne Van Luven


Ellen Agger


Susan Desjardins

Educational Outreach

Mark Gervan

Educational Outreach

Jane Wilson

Educational Outreach

Jasmin Alexander

Social Media Coordinator

Upcoming Events

Have questions that only a MAID Provider could answer? Do you wish you could get involved in shaping our webinars? Now's your chance!  On Tuesday, October 24, we'll be hosting a special session with MAID Providers Erica Maynard, NP and Aaron McKim, MD.

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