Fancy C. Poitras has been a member and volunteer with Dying With Dignity Canada since 2011. In 2016, she started volunteering as a Chapter Administrator with the Vancouver Chapter.
Fancy works in public policy and is currently employed by the First Nations Health Authority as a Manager, Strategic Policy. Among her portfolios, she was the policy lead for Palliative and End-of-Life Care and Medical Assistance in Dying. Previously, she worked as a policy analyst with the Government of Canada in Ottawa, at Employment and Social Development Canada, and Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada. She has a Master’s degree in Public Policy and a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Social Policy Issues from Simon Fraser University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from University of Alberta.
In May 2020, Fancy was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Camp Kerry Society, an organization serving children, youth, individuals and families impacted by life-threatening illness, grief and loss. She is a member of Mikisew Cree First Nation, Treaty 8 territory, and she grew up primarily in the Northwest Territories.
I believe that people must have all options available to them as they face the end of their journey, including access to both palliative care AND assisted dying. Health partners across federal, provincial and territorial systems must work to ensure timely access to quality end-of-life care and to remove barriers faced by individuals and their loved ones, so they may choose the supports they wish to have in support of a dignified death.