Dying with Dignity Canada Names New Chief Executive Officer

February 12, 2020, Toronto, ON – Dying with Dignity Canada (DWDC) is pleased to announce its Board of Directors has named Helen Long as Chief Executive Officer. Helen will assume her new role effective March 16.

“Helen is a strategic executive and dedicated advocate who brings proven leadership to the role at a critical time for Dying with Dignity Canada,” said former Senator James Cowan, Chair of the Board of Directors of DWDC. “With Parliament set to amend medical assistance in dying (MAID) legislation, Helen’s extensive experience will ensure our organization continues to lead the national discussion in support of end of life rights in Canada.”

Helen has a long track record of informed engagement and empowering leadership in the not-for-profit, health and wellness sector. Helen most recently served as President of the Canadian Health Food Association, a position she held through a transformational period for that organization.

“On behalf of the board of directors, I am thrilled to welcome Helen to the Dying with Dignity Canada team,” said Cowan. “Helen’s insights, commitment to bringing people together and dedication will be invaluable to our organization,” he concluded.

An overwhelming majority of Canadians want expanded access to medical assistance in dying according to a new national survey commissioned by DWDC and conducted by Ipsos.

The vast majority of Canadians (86 per cent) continue to support the 2015 Supreme Court decision that struck down a total prohibition on physician-assisted dying and over 70 per cent of Canadians strongly support removing the requirement that a person’s death be ‘reasonably foreseeable’ for them to be eligible for MAID.

Dying with Dignity Canada is the national organization committed to improving quality of dying and expanding end-of-life choice.


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