Call for Nominations: DWDC's 2020 - 2021 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 February 15, 2020.





Dying With Dignity Canada is seeking individuals, passionate about improving end of life and quality in dying for all, to be part of its Board of Directors. We are at a critical time in our organization’s history, with five years of Bill C-14 upcoming, several major provincial legislation moving rights forward, and challenges in others. If you or someone you know is interested in taking on a national leadership role, then consider nominating yourself or someone you know to be a candidate for two to three vacancies on Dying With Dignity Canada’s Board of Directors.


We are accepting nominations until February 15, 2020.


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, which is composed of up to 14 members. Currently, we are seeking to strengthen our legal competencies, as well as communications and marketing acumen, and members with capacity for networking and fundraising.

What are the Board’s 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 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 board meetings, three 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 2020-21 Board election, one must:

  • Be a member in good standing by February 15, 2020, and consent to be nominated;
  • Submit one’s name, full curriculum vitae and a personal statement by February 15, 2020;
  • 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:

  • Legal expertise, especially in regard to health, human rights and public policy
  • Communications and marketing experience
  • Capacity for networking, fundraising and engaging donors and influencers
  • A value for, and experience engaging diverse and intersectional communities


Inclusion Statement

In line with our mission, vision and values, Dying with Dignity Canada acknowledges that Canadians reflect a range of identities and lived experiences.  In order to provide advocacy, education, and supports that are meaningful and appropriate, we believe it is important to bring diverse voices to the table.  To achieve this, we seek to foster a culture of inclusion, where all stakeholders feel welcome and safe, that their needs and preferences are heard, that their knowledge is valued, and that they belong.


Does this sound like you or someone you know? If so, please contact COO Cameron Dunkin at or 1-800-495-6156 with your completed information on the application form and/or any questions.

Applications can be submitted by electronically or by mail.