Calgary

History:

We claim the distinction of being the first Chapter formed in Canada. At a Dying With Dignity Canada workshop in April of 2012, John Warren, who was then Vice President of DWDC, urged Trish Remmers and Sigrid Wili to start a Chapter. We had our first meeting on May 22, 2012.

Geographic Boundaries: 

The Calgary Chapter encompasses the City of Lacombe and all of Alberta south of Lacombe. We work closely with the Edmonton Chapter on provincial issues and Zoom presentations.

Services provided:

  • Education through in-person events and, since COVID, virtual events on end-of-life choices
  • Presentations and workshops in Advance Care Planning, Personal Directives and Goals of Care
  • Presentations on MAID and how to access it in Alberta
  • General presentations on end-of-life decisions and conversations.
  • Independent Witnessing for initial Record of Request Form in Calgary zone
  • Advocacy: Political advocacy regarding provincial actions around MAID provision; support for families regarding MAID provision; reaching out to media regarding MAID issues; writing articles and placing them in local newspapers
  • Grief Support: one or two phone discussions (one of our key volunteers is experienced in this area)

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Co-Chairs:

Kerrie Hale
Paul Morck