Announcement from Dying With Dignity Canada's Board of Directors

Dying With Dignity Canada’s Board of Directors announced Thursday that Shanaaz Gokool is leaving the organization, effectively immediately, after three years as its CEO.

In a statement to DWDC’s supporters, Board Chair James Cowan announced that Cameron Dunkin, the organization’s chief operations officer, will assume the responsibilities of CEO on an interim basis until a new CEO has been appointed.

“DWDC has grown and evolved through Ms. Gokool’s three years as CEO,” Cowan said. “The board thanks her for the integral role she has played at this important time for our organization and for the dedication she has shown throughout her tenure.”

The board will turn its attention to the task of finding a new leader for DWDC as it continues the important work of ensuring every Canadian is aware of their end-of-life rights and has access to the medical support to which they are entitled. “I, and the rest of the board, have full confidence in the staff’s ability to deliver on DWDC’s mandate during this transition,” Cowan added.

In his message, Cowan thanked DWDC’s supporters for making DWDC “a force for empowerment, education, and personal support” in the field of end-of-life rights. “Your support matters to us. We will not, and cannot, take it for granted.”