Call for Nominations: DWDC's 2019-2020 Board of Directors

Are you passionate about improving quality in dying for all? Do you want to take on a leading role in shaping Dying With Dignity Canada's human-rights advocacy at one of the most exciting times in the organization's history?

Then consider nominating yourself or someone you know to run as a candidate for one of two vacancies on Dying With Dignity Canada’s Board of Directors. We are accepting nominations until April 7, 2019.

Dying With Dignity Canada

Dying With Dignity Canada is the national human-rights charity empowering Canadians to understand, defend and navigate their legal end-of-life rights. In accordance with our mandate:

  • We defend human rights by advocating for rules for medical assistance in dying (MAID) that respect the Canadian Constitution and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
  • We provide personal support to adults suffering greatly from a grievous and irremediable medical condition who wish to die on their own terms.
  • We educate Canadians about all of their legal end-of-life options, including the constitutional right to MAID, and the importance of advance care planning.
  • We support healthcare practitioners who assess for and provide MAID.

Who are Dying With Dignity Canada Board members?

Current Board members include a dynamic roster of physicians and other health professionals, lawyers, accountants, administrators, educators, policy makers and advocates, either working or retired. We seek geographic, professional, cultural and linguistic diversity on the Board. Currently, we are seeking to strengthen our legal competencies, as well as increasing business acumen, communications and marketing, and members with capacity for networking and fundraising.

What are the Boards responsibilities?

Board members are committed individuals willing to assume a leadership role in the governance of this national organization. Working closely with the CEO, Board members are responsible for:

  • Ensuring vision, mission and fiscal prudence are foremost in decision making
  • Fulfilling the three primary governance roles: fiduciary, strategic and generative
  • Asking deep questions, challenging the status quo, noticing external changes that may affect DWDC’s ability to deliver on its mission, and suggesting opportunities to achieve DWDC’s strategic goals
  • Adding to the capabilities and resources of the organization
  • Attending the AGM and a minimum of three board meetings yearly (in person or via conference call) including the annual Board retreat
  • Contributing in a meaningful way
  • Actively participating on at least one committee
  • Attending committee meetings and key special events regularly
  • Acting ethically, staying informed and thoughtfully setting policy
  • Disclosing all conflicts of interest
  • Exercising responsibility for the selection, retention, compensation and performance review of the CEO.

What is expected of members of the Board?

  • Attending the AGM and a minimum of three board meetings yearly (note, there are four annual meetings, two in person including the annual Board retreat);
  • Making DWDC one of their three largest charitable donations in a fiscal year and identifying a minimum of one philanthropic prospect; and
  • Serving as ambassadors for DWDC, making friends and associates aware and engaging others in the work.

What is required to be nominated to the Board?

To be eligible to run in DWDC’s 2019-2020 Board election, one must:

  • Be a member in good standing by April 7, 2019, and consent to be nominated;
  • Submit one’s name, full curriculum vitae and a personal statement by April 7, 2019;
  • Consent to an interview if nomination is supported by the Board; and
  • Consent for your bio and personal statement to be circulated to all members prior to the AGM.

What skills are we looking for in new Board members?

In particular, DWDC plans to recruit board members who each bring one or more of the following qualities to the table:

  • Business acumen, including experience in human resources or investment strategy
  • Legal expertise, especially in regard to public policy
  • Communications and marketing experience
  • Capacity for networking, fundraising and engaging donors and influencers

Does this sound like you or someone you know? If so, please download and complete this nomination form (also available as a Word document). We will be accepting submissions until end of day on April 7, 2019.

If you have questions about the nomination process, please email us at