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If you or your organization are interested in hosting a Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) presentation or an Advance Care Planning Workshop, please send an email to [email protected]


DATE/TIME:  SEPTEMBER 18, 2021; 9:30 - Noon
PLACE:  ZOOM (online platform)

SUBJECT: This workshop focuses on what you need to consider when preparing for the possibility of losing the capacity to make decisions about your health care before or near the end of your life. It is designed to help you clarify who to select as your representative for personal care (your Substitute Decision Maker), and what that person needs to know about your wishes when you can no longer express them, either temporarily or permanently. There will be an opportunity to discuss issues in small groups and to ask questions.

REQUIRED DEVICE: To to be able to attend the workshop you MUST have a device that can connect to the internet, preferably a laptop, iPad or tablet, or desktop computer that can run Zoom.

ZOOM: You do not have to be a ZOOM subscriber to attend this workshop. Before the meeting, you will be sent an email with the link that you will tap to join the meeting. However, you may find it useful to actually join ZOOM for free as a member ( and learn the basic usage, particularly how to get the “gallery view” and how to use the video and audio.

PREPARATION:  Soon after your registration has been confirmed, you will receive an email outlining the materials you need to review and what you should prepare to maximize the benefits of the workshop. SO IT IS ADVISABLE TO REGISTER EARLIER RATHER THAN LATER. Should you be unable to attend a workshop (and they are held about once every month or two) but want information about preparing an Advanced Care Plan, you can go to The Dying with Dignity Canada website at,  click on EDUCATION, then Click on MAKE AN ADVANCED CARE PLAN LEARN MORE, then click on DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE ADVANCE CARE PLANNING KIT. 

PRESENTERS: Your workshop facilitators are volunteers with Dying with Dignity Canada’s all-volunteer Ottawa chapter.Their professional backgrounds are law and social work.

REGISTRATION: To register send your name, address, and phone number by email to [email protected], Registration is closed  at the earlier of 30 people having registered or 2 days before the workshop. Please register only if you are committed to attend because of the small group discussions and the need to have volunteers available to facilitate those discussions. Better to delay registering until you are certain of attending although as mentioned above, some preparation for the workshop is suggested.

COST: There is no cost to attend. However, any donation you choose to make to DWDC, a registered Canadian charity, is much appreciated. You can contribute at  Most DWDC revenue comes from private donors.

NOTE: We  encourage you to invite the person who will serve as your Substitute Decision Maker (SDM) to attend the workshop as well, assuming s/he has agreed to act in that capacity. Of course, this workshop is designed to help you decide who you could ask to serve as your SDM if you don’t know yet.


END OF LIFE CHOICES; DECEMBER 3, 2020  Presentation Slides