Upcoming webinars

Chelsea Peddle

Register this fall for Dying With Dignity Canada’s (DWDC) first conference, Reflections on Death and Dying: Creating space for end-of-life conversations. This unique event aims to educate individuals on a range of important topics related to death, dying and grief. 

On November 2, join the Dying With Dignity Canada team and Chelsea Peddle to learn about reframing the idea of legacy. Chelsea will share some traditional ideas, including her mother's book, and talk about creating a living legacy through values and relationships.

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Speaker:

Chelsea Peddle is an end-of-life consultant and death doula serving Victoria, BC and beyond. Her warmth and professional guidance help individuals, families and children feel anchored through the uncertainty of a serious diagnosis or the grief of terminal illness. A former health policy analyst and plain language writer, Chelsea has deep knowledge of our health care system and available resources. Like many of her clients, Chelsea has been a family caregiver to loved ones with terminal cancer and accompanied her mum through MAID in 2019. Chelsea has an End-of-Life Doula certificate from Douglas College and is a member of the End-of-Life Doula Association of Canada and Death Doula Network BC. She also has a master's degree in education from the University of British Columbia and a Certificate in Human Rights Education from Equitas International Centre for Human Rights Education in Montreal.


Date and Time: Tuesday, November 2, 2021

3:00 PM EDT (Time Zone Converter)

If you can’t attend on Tuesday, November 2, 2021, a recording will be posted on our website and emailed to all registrants. However, only those who attend the webinar live on November 2 will have the opportunity to ask questions of our speaker. If you have questions, you are also welcome to send them in ahead of time via the webinar registration.


Death and writing: Writing obituaries

Thursday, November 04, 2021 at 03:00 PM

Sandra Martin

Register this fall for Dying With Dignity Canada’s (DWDC) first conference, Reflections on Death and Dying: Creating space for end-of-life conversations. This unique event aims to educate individuals on a range of important topics related to death, dying and grief. 

On November 4, join the Dying With Dignity Canada team and Sandra Martin, award-winning journalist and a contributing writer for The Globe and Mailto learn about death and writing — completely free of charge. 

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Speaker:

Sandra Martin, an award-winning journalist and a contributing writer for The Globe and Mail, is the author of the critically acclaimed national bestseller, "A Good Death: Making the Most of Our Final Choices." Winner of the B.C. National Non-Fiction Award and a finalist for both the Dafoe Prize and the Donner Prize in Public Policy, "A Good Death" was named one of the best books of 2016 by The Globe and Mail, the CBC and several other media outlets. Margaret Atwood has called "A Good Death" a "timely and deeply felt account of assisted dying: the histories, the issues” and included it on her list of best books about death and dying. "A Good Death" was published in a revised paperback edition in 2017 with a new chapter on Bill C-14, Canada’s medical assistance in dying (MAID) law. 

An Atkinson Fellow in Public Policy from The Toronto Star, Martin has won two National Magazine Awards, several honourable mentions, the Fiona Mee Award for literary journalism, and a National Newspaper Award nomination for feature writing. As a journalist for The Globe and Mail, she was known for her books and arts coverage and especially for her perceptive, deeply researched and vividly written obituaries. Many of them formed the basis of her essays on the history, culture and future of obituaries in her book, "Working the Dead Beat: 50 lives that changed Canada." Long-listed for the Charles Taylor Prize and named a Globe one hundred book for 2012, it was published in paperback under the title, "Great Canadian Lives: A Cultural History of Modern Canada Through the Art of the Obit."


Date and Time: Thursday, November 4, 2021

3:00 PM EDT (Time Zone Converter)

If you can’t attend on Thursday, November 4, 2021, a recording will be posted on our website and emailed to all registrants. However, only those who attend the webinar live on November 4 will have the opportunity to ask questions of our speaker. If you have questions, you are also welcome to send them in ahead of time via the webinar registration.


Funeral planning and spiritual considerations

Tuesday, November 09, 2021 at 03:00 PM

Joél Simone Anthony

Register this fall for Dying With Dignity Canada’s (DWDC) first conference, Reflections on Death and Dying: Creating space for end-of-life conversations. This unique event aims to educate individuals on a range of important topics related to death, dying and grief. 

On November 9, join the Dying With Dignity Canada team and Joél Simone Anthony to learn about funeral planning and spiritual considerations — completely free of charge. 

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Please note that this webinar will not be recorded. We encourage you to attend live on November 9 in order to learn more about funeral planning and spiritual considerations.

Speaker:

Joél Simone Anthony, also known as The Grave Woman, is a licensed funeral director, embalmer, death care educator, and sacred grief practitioner. She specializes in creating educational APFSP certified CE  resources for death, health, and end-of-life professionals. She passionately advocates for Cultural Competency concerning the care of BIPOC descendants and their families. For over a decade she has used her unique skill set to assist individuals, families, businesses, and governmental agencies in navigating uncomfortable and difficult conversations about death, dying, end-of-life, funeral, and burial planning. 


Date and Time: Tuesday, November 9, 2021

3:00 PM EST (Time Zone Converter)


Beading and its relationship to community, grief, and love

Thursday, November 11, 2021 at 03:00 PM

Justine Woods

Register this fall for Dying With Dignity Canada’s (DWDC) first conference, Reflections on Death and Dying: Creating space for end-of-life conversations. This unique event aims to educate individuals on a range of important topics related to death, dying and grief. 

On November 11, join the Dying With Dignity Canada team and Justine Woods to learn about beading and its relationship to community, grief, and love — completely free of charge. 

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Please note that this webinar will not be recorded. We encourage you to attend live on November 11 in order to learn more about beading and its relationship to community, grief, and love.

Speaker:

Justine Woods is a garment artist, designer, educator and researcher based in Tkaronto (Toronto, ON). She holds a Master of Design from OCAD University and a Bachelor of Design in Fashion Design from X University. Currently, Justine is a Doctoral Candidate in the Media and Design Innovation Ph.D. program at X University.

Justine’s research and design practice centers fashion and garment-making as a practice-based method of inquiry towards re-stitching alternative worlds that prioritize, celebrate and mobilize Indigenous resurgence. Her work prioritizes all of the relationships that make up her identity as an Aabitaawikwe; an identity she has inherited from her family and her Aabitaawizininiwag Ancestors. Born and raised in Tiny, Ontario, Justine is a member of what is presently known as the Georgian Bay Métis Community.


Date and Time: Thursday, November 11, 2021

3:00 PM EST (Time Zone Converter)


LGBTQ2S+ inclusive end-of-life care

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at 03:00 PM

Tiana Dargent

Register this fall for Dying With Dignity Canada’s (DWDC) first conference, Reflections on Death and Dying: Creating space for end-of-life conversations. This unique event aims to educate individuals on a range of important topics related to death, dying and grief. 

On November 16, join the Dying With Dignity Canada team and Tiana Dargent to learn about LGBTQ2S+ inclusive end-of-life care — completely free of charge. 

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Please note that this webinar will not be recorded. We encourage you to attend live on November 16 in order to learn more about LGBTQ2S+ inclusive end-of-life care.

Speaker:

Tiana Dargent (she/her) is a white settler, cis woman, queer leatherdyke, and mother currently living on unceded Algonquin Anishinaabe territory (so-called Ottawa). She offers support, guidance, education, ritual work, and reassurance to queer and queer-adjacent community members who are planning for their eventual deaths, who have received a terminal diagnosis, who are caring for a loved one who is dying, or who have experienced the death of a loved one. Tiana offers this service outside of a capitalist framework. She also facilitates regular discussion groups for the queer community around the topics of death, dying, and community care. 


Date and Time: Tuesday, November 16, 2021

3:00 PM EST (Time Zone Converter)


Caring for yourself as an advocate

Thursday, November 18, 2021 at 03:00 PM

Oceana Sawyer

Register this fall for Dying With Dignity Canada’s (DWDC) first conference, Reflections on Death and Dying: Creating space for end-of-life conversations. This unique event aims to educate individuals on a range of important topics related to death, dying and grief. 

On November 18, join the Dying With Dignity Canada team and Oceana Sawyer to learn about caring for yourself as an advocate — completely free of charge.

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Speaker:

As an End of Life (EOL) Doula, Oceana Sawyer specializes in the liminal spaces of active dying and grief. She is currently researching the intersection of embodied grief and somatic abolitionism as well as developing and holding space for healing through a sensual (all the senses) lens. 

A certified home funeral celebrant, living funeral ceremony facilitator, and Conscious Dying Educator, Oceana also holds graduate degrees in counseling psychology and organizational development.

Oceana draws upon her meditation practice, experience as a sensuality educator, earth-based spirituality, and intensive study in the expressive arts and integral counseling psychology to bring a grounded, compassionate presence and holistic approach to her work. Through Death Cafes, EOL vision mapping, EOL doula training, and virtual grief events and workshops, Oceana has enjoyed working with a variety of groups and individuals, and primarily focuses on People of the Global Majority. 


Date and Time: Thursday, November 18, 2021

3:00 PM EST (Time Zone Converter)

If you can’t attend on Thursday, November 18, 2021 a recording will be posted on our website and emailed to all registrants. However, only those who attend the webinar live on November 18 will have the opportunity to ask questions of our speaker. If you have questions, you are also welcome to send them in ahead of time via the webinar registration.


Organ donation

Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at 03:00 PM

Dr. Bill Wong and Dr. James Downar

Register this fall for Dying With Dignity Canada’s (DWDC) first conference, Reflections on Death and Dying: Creating space for end-of-life conversations. This unique event aims to educate individuals on a range of important topics related to death, dying and grief. 

On November 23, join the Dying With Dignity Canada team, Dr. Bill Wong and Dr. James Downar to learn about organ donation. This session will be completely free of charge. 

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Please note that this webinar will not be recorded. We encourage you to attend live on November 23 in order to learn more about organ donation.

Speakers:

Dr. Bill Wong is an anesthesiologist practicing at Trillium Health Partners in Mississauga/Etobicoke where he is currently the Program Chief and Medical Director of Anesthesiology. He has been involved with medical assistance in dying since legislation was passed in 2016. His medical practice is predominantly hospital-based, however, he does provide medical assistance in dying to patients in the community. He specializes in cardiac anesthesiology, echocardiography, and critical care. He is also involved in many hospital committees including being the Medical Director for Assistance in Dying and the Chair of the Pharmaceuticals and Therapeutics Committee of the hospital. The current pandemic has also led him to participate and lead in various pandemic activities including airway teams and vaccination clinics. In 2018 Dr. Wong received recognition for his clinical and administrative work from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario when he received the CPSO Council Award. Recently he was also the recipient of a Trillium Gift of Life Hospital Donation Champion Award for his work engaging stakeholders, hospital partners and community partners in viewing organ and tissue donation after MAID as a standard practice and positive opportunity at the end-of-life. 

Dr. James Downar is a Critical Care and Palliative Care physician in Ottawa. He graduated from McGill Medical School and completed residency training in Internal Medicine, Critical Care and Palliative Care at the University of Toronto. He has a Master’s degree in Bioethics from the Joint Centre for Bioethics at the University of Toronto. He is currently the Head of the Division of Palliative Care at the University of Ottawa and an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine. He is the chair of Palliative and End-of-Life Care at the University of Ottawa, the co-chair of the Pan-Canadian Palliative Care Research Collaborative, the chair of the Ethical Affairs Committee of the Canadian Critical Care Society, and the co-chair of the Ontario Palliative Care Network’s Provincial Education Steering Committee. He has authored more than 60 peer-reviewed publications, has been principal investigator on over a dozen peer-reviewed grants and is a former Associated Medical Services Phoenix Fellow. Dr. Downar also led several provincial and national efforts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. He was involved in planning for medication shortages for both critical care and palliative care and led the development of a critical care triage system in the event of a major surge in critically ill patients. His research interests include communication and decision-making for seriously ill patients and their families; Palliative Care for the Critically Ill; and Palliative Care for Noncancer Illnesses.


Date and Time: Tuesday, November 23, 2021

3:00 PM EST (Time Zone Converter)


Indigenous end-of-life care / Death Cafe

Thursday, November 25, 2021 at 03:00 PM

Chrystal Toop

Register this fall for Dying With Dignity Canada’s (DWDC) first conference, Reflections on Death and Dying: Creating space for end-of-life conversations. This unique event aims to educate individuals on a range of important topics related to death, dying and grief. 

On November 25, join the Dying With Dignity Canada team and Chrystal Toop to learn about Indigenous end-of-life care — completely free of charge. 

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Please note that this webinar will not be recorded. We encourage you to attend live on November 25 in order to learn more about Indigenous end-of-life care.

Speaker:

Chrystal Toop is a restorative circle keeper, public speaker, published author, community builder, Counsellor, Sociologist and Registered Social Services Worker. For over 20 years, Chrystal has worked in grassroots and nonprofit organizations, and has focused on healing through her Omamiwininini ancestry and ever-growing connections with her community, the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation. A founder of Aunties on the Road, Indigenous Doula Collective, Chrystal has sought out new opportunities to increase her clients' capacity to honour people and the land through spiritual care, connections to wellness and the ways it connects to education, work, and spaces. Chrystal graduated from Carleton University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, holds a Healing & Wellness Counsellor Diploma from the Native Education & Training College as well as several professional certifications. Committed to lifelong learning and realizing the big picture of her vision, Chrystal began a journey in 2021 to earn a Masters in Adult Education, specializing in Community Building & Women’s Leadership through St. Francis Xavier University. She is the Founder of Blackbird Medicines, a professional social enterprise that advances healing justice through access to traditional knowledge of mental health, through culture and education. Blackbird Medicines operates several community-led projects including the Indigenous Death Doula Collective and Endayan Mashkiikii. 


Date and Time: Thursday, November 25, 2021

3:00 PM EST (Time Zone Converter)


Bringing up MAID in Canada

Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at 03:00 PM

Caroline Variath and Tanja Daws

Register this fall for Dying With Dignity Canada’s (DWDC) first conference, Reflections on Death and Dying: Creating space for end-of-life conversations. This unique event aims to educate individuals on a range of important topics related to death, dying and grief. 

On January 11, join the Dying With Dignity Canada team, Caroline Variath and Dr. Tanja Daws to learn about the topic of bringing up MAID in Canada — completely free of charge. 

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Speakers:

Caroline Variath is a PhD candidate in nursing with a collaborative specialization in bioethics at the University of Toronto. Currently, she is a professor of nursing at Humber College. She has over 15 years of clinical experience in acute and critical care settings. She has also been a part of medical assistance in dying team and palliative care teams. The challenges she encountered in practice with end-of-life care, especially while caring for those who are unable to make their own decisions, prompted her research interests. Her Ph.D. thesis focuses on experiences with the loss of capacity to consent and access to medical assistance in dying in Canada. Through her work, she aims to improve end-of-life care planning and the experiences of patients, their family members and healthcare providers with death. 

Dr. Tanja Daws is a family physician in the Comox Valley, BC. She graduated from The University of Pretoria, South Africa and relocated to Canada in 2009. She was one of the first MAID providers in BC and a founding member of The Canadian Association of MAID Assessors and Providers (CAMAP). She is a clinical instructor in Family Medicine at UBC.


Date and Time: Tuesday, January 11, 2022

3:00 PM EST (Time Zone Converter)

If you can’t attend on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 a recording will be posted on our website and emailed to all registrants. However, only those who attend the webinar live on January 11 will have the opportunity to ask questions of our speakers. If you have questions, you are also welcome to send them in ahead of time via the webinar registration.


10 things to know about MAID in Canada

Thursday, January 13, 2022 at 03:00 PM

Jocelyn Downie

Register this fall for Dying With Dignity Canada’s (DWDC) first conference, Reflections on Death and Dying: Creating space for end-of-life conversations. This unique event aims to educate individuals on a range of important topics related to death, dying and grief. 

On January 13, join the Dying With Dignity Canada team and Jocelyn Downie for 10 things to know about MAID in Canada — completely free of charge. 

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Speaker:

Jocelyn Downie is a University Research Professor in the Faculties of Law and Medicine at Dalhousie University. Her work on end-of-life law and policy includes: Special Advisor to the Canadian Senate Committee on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide; author of "Dying Justice: A Case for the Decriminalizing Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide in Canada"; and member of the Royal Society of Canada Expert Panel on End-of-Life Decision-Making, the plaintiffs’ legal team in Carter v. Canada (Attorney General), the Provincial-Territorial Expert Advisory Group on Physician-Assisted Dying, and the Canadian Council of Academies Expert Panel on Medical Assistance in Dying. She was named a member of the Order of Canada in part in recognition of her work advocating for high-quality, end-of-life care. She is also a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.


Date and Time: Thursday, January 13, 2022

3:00 PM EST (Time Zone Converter)

If you can’t attend on Thursday, January 13, 2021 a recording will be posted on our website and emailed to all registrants. However, only those who attend the webinar live on January 13 will have the opportunity to ask questions of our speaker. If you have questions, you are also welcome to send them in ahead of time via the webinar registration.