My name is Tamara Nazaruk and I am a legal assistant from Campbell River, British Columbia on Vancouver Island. I am married with three grown children. I have lived in Campbell River for 26 years and am an active community volunteer in our local minor hockey association.
My father had liver cancer and accessed his right to MAID in his home with my mom, brother, husband and myself present. It was his “golden ticket” as he described it and peaceful and perfect under the circumstances. Access to MAID gave him control and dignity over an uncontrollable situation. In the weeks that followed I felt a desire to reach out and help whoever else may be going through this particular journey.
I signed up to be a volunteer Independent Witness with Dying With Dignity Canada and have had the honour of assisting with this numerous times in the last year. Additionally, with the support of my dad’s doctor, Dr. Tanja Daws and Bridge C-14, I have helped to facilitate a grief support group for north Vancouver Island, one for family and friends who are dealing with the loss of a loved one, and the unique circumstances that MAID adds to the grieving process. Because of the peace and dignity that MAID gave to my Dad, I hope to be able to provide whatever support I can, for others on a similar journey.