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About Us

A small group of individuals in Ottawa eagerly joined forces in 2014 to establish the Ottawa Chapter of Dying With Dignity Canada. We have attracted several committed volunteers to lead Advance Care Planning workshops, to speak out in the community about Dying With Dignity Canada, our Chapter, and medical assistance in dying (MAID), and to offer Independent Witness services. 

Services Provided

  • Education through in-person and virtual events on end-of-life choice and patient rights
  • Education through in-person and virtual workshops on Advance Care Planning
  • Presentations on medical assistance in dying (MAID) and how to access it in Ottawa
  • Independent Witnessing for medical assistance in dying requests in Ottawa
  • Advocacy and media relations regarding MAID issues, including writing articles and placing them in local newspapers and contacting local MPs, Senators and MPPs

Our Chapter's Team

Susan Harrison

Chapter Chair

Janice McBride

Secretary-Treasurer/Director, Communications

Jon Snipper

Director, Advance Care Planning

Pat Roberts

Director, Advocacy

Louise Schwartz

Director at Large


Director at Large, Community Outreach

Arthur Cordell

Director at Large

Upcoming Events

There are currently no upcoming events

Additional Resources

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Bereaved Families of Ontario

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Additional Information

As an example of the Ottawa Chapter’s outreach efforts, access a letter/opinion piece regarding end-of-life choice written by Ottawa Chapter Chair, Susan Harrison in April 2021.

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