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


Sheila Bradshaw

Educational Outreach

Susan Desjardins

Educational Outreach

Mark Gervan

Educational Outreach

Karol Jorgensen

Educational Outreach

Jasmin Alexander

Social Media Coordinator

Upcoming Events

Despite MAID being a legal option since 2016, equitable access to MAID, including the location of one’s MAID death, remains a challenge. Join us on Wednesday, May 22 at 3:00 p.m. ET for an enlightening discussion with MAiDHouse’s Executive Director Tekla Hendrickson to discuss how the charity provides a safe space for clinicians, requestors, and their loved ones.


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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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