Join an advisory council

We rely on the expertise and experiences of these key stakeholder groups to help inform our work.

Clinicians Advisory Council

Our Clinicians Advisory Council is made up of dedicated doctors and nurse practitioners who have taken a stand for compassionate choice at end of life. The council brings their unique knowledge and experience to help advise DWDC on the policies and priorities of the organization.

While many individuals on the council are medical assistance in dying (MAID) assessors or providers, this is not a requirement for membership.

The council meets once per month for a one-hour teleconference. For more information or to inquire about joining the council, please contact Kelsey Goforth at [email protected].

Disability Advisory Council

The members of DWDC’s Disability Advisory Council inform our work by bringing the perspectives of Canadians with disabilities. Members of the group advise DWDC on its policies and programs, represent DWDC in the media, and engage with stakeholders in their local communities.

This group meets by teleconference several times a year. For more information or to inquire about joining the council, please contact Kelsey Goforth at [email protected].

Legal Advisory Committee

When we need help understanding the legal landscape surrounding your right to choice, we know we can go to the lawyers on our Legal Advisory Committee to make sense of what’s happening. This small group of talented professionals helps ensure that our policies are on solid footing, they flag potential threats to your rights, and they identify new opportunities to defend those rights.

First-Person Advocates' Initiatives Council

Our newest group on the list, DWDC’s First-Person Advocates' Initiatives Council will feature Canadians who have supported a loved one on a journey with assisted dying and want to speak out about their experiences. Members of the group will dispel myths and misconceptions about MAID, provide peer support to others who have had similar experiences, and work to break down the stigma that’s still sometimes associated with Canadians’ hard-won right to a peaceful death.

More information will be available in the months to come on this council and how to get involved.