Upcoming webinars

Organ donation

Tuesday, November 23, 2021 at 03:00 PM

Dr. Bill Wong, Dr. James Downar and Dr. Michael Hartwick

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, Dr. James Downar and Dr. Michael Hartwick 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.

Dr. Michael Hartwick is an Associate Professor in the Divisions of Critical Care Medicine and Palliative Medicine at the University of Ottawa. He works as an Intensivist at The Ottawa Hospital and is the Medical Lead for the Critical Care Response Team at the General Campus. Dr. Hartwick also practices as a Palliative Care physician with The Ottawa Hospital's Palliative and Supportive Care Consultation Service. Since 2014, Dr. Hartwick has worked as a Regional Medical Lead and Donation Support Physician for Trillium Gift of Life Network.


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 Dr. 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.


[WORKSHOP] Advance Care Planning

Saturday, January 15, 2022 at 09:30 AM

Hosted by the Ottawa Chapter of Dying With Dignity Canada

This workshop will focus on preparing for the possibility of losing the capacity to make or express decisions about your health care, before or near the end of your life. It is designed to help you select your Substitute Decision-Maker, and clarify what that person needs to know about your wishes when you can no longer express them. There will be an opportunity to discuss issues in small groups and to ask questions.

Required Device:

  • 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.
  • You do not need 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. Should you be unable to attend a workshop (and they are held about once every month or two) but want information about preparing an Advance Care Plan, click here

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:

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 here. 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 they have 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.


Palliative care: Quiz yourself

Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at 03:00 PM

Valerie Cooper

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 18, join the Dying With Dignity Canada team and Valerie Cooper to quiz yourself on palliative care — completely free of charge. 

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Speaker:

Valerie Cooper is a Hospice Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner with Home and Community Care Support Services South East. She sees patients in their homes in a variety of geographies, from urban to remote. She works in a shared-care model with patients’ existing primary care providers to support patients with malignancies and end-stage organ diseases to die in their preferred place of death. She lectures in the undergraduate program at Queen’s School of Nursing and has developed and taught an elective undergraduate course on hospice palliative care nursing. She has also contributed to a continuing education course for nurse practitioners on palliative care through the University of Toronto. Valerie is a member of the Dying With Dignity Canada’s Clinician Advisory Council, as well as many Communities of Practice related to both Palliative and End-of-Life Care and Medical Assistance in Dying. She recently became co-chair of the NPAO Palliative and End of Life Care Community of Practice.


Date and Time: Tuesday, January 18, 2022

3:00 PM EST (Time Zone Converter)

If you can’t attend on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 a recording will be posted on our website and emailed to all registrants. However, only those who attend the webinar live on January 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.


Palliative care

Thursday, January 20, 2022 at 03:00 PM

Dr. BJ Miller

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 20, join the Dying With Dignity Canada team and Dr. BJ Miller to learn about palliative care — completely free of charge. 

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Speaker:

Dr. BJ Miller is a longtime hospice and palliative medicine physician and educator. He currently sees patients and families via telehealth through Mettle Health, a company he co-founded with the aim to provide personalized, holistic consultations for any patient or caregiver who needs help navigating the practical, emotional and existential issues that come with serious illness and disability.

BJ has worked in all settings of care: hospital, clinic, residential facility, and home. Led by his own experiences as a patient, BJ advocates for the roles of our senses, community and presence in designing a better ending. His interests are in working across disciplines to affect broad-based culture change, cultivating a civic model for aging and dying and furthering the message that suffering, illness, and dying are fundamental and intrinsic aspects of life. His career has been dedicated to moving healthcare towards a human centered approach, on a policy as well as a personal level.

BJ has given over 100 talks nationally, and internationally, on the topics of death, dying, palliative care and the intersection of healthcare with design. His 2015 TED Talk: “Not Whether But How” (aka “What Matters Most at the End of Life”), has been viewed over 11 million times and his work has also been the subject of multiple interviews and podcasts, including Oprah Winfrey, PBS, The New York Times, The California Sunday Magazine, GOOP, Krista Tippett, Tim Ferriss and the TED Radio Hour. His book, "A Beginner’s Guide to the End," was co-authored with Shoshana Berger and published in 2019.


Date and Time: Thursday, January 20, 2022

3:00 PM EST (Time Zone Converter)

If you can’t attend on Thursday, January 20, 2022, a recording will be posted on our website and emailed to all registrants. However, only those who attend the webinar live on January 20 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.


Assisted dying in Switzerland

Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at 03:00 PM

Dr. Erika Preisig

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 25, join the Dying With Dignity Canada team and Dr. Erika Preisig to learn about assisted dying in Switzerland — completely free of charge. 

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Speaker:

Dr. Erika Preisig was born in Basel, Switzerland as one of seven children. She went to school and studied medicine in Basel. After finishing her studies, she worked as an assistant doctor for two years in Manchester England. She then started doing locums for doctors in the countryside of Switzerland.

Erika had three children between 1989 and 1992, still working as a GP, doing a lot of palliative care. In 2005, her father accessed assisted dying with Dignitas, which led her to start working for Dignitas from 2007 to 2012 as a consultant doctor. In 2011, Erika founded lifecircle as she wanted to do more than be a consultant doctor of Dignitas. "With lifecircle, we can be active for promoting quality of life, if quality of life cannot be promoted any more, we can at least give a peaceful death with the foundation Eternal Spirit."


Date and Time: Tuesday, January 25, 2022

3:00 PM EST (Time Zone Converter)

If you can’t attend on Tuesday, January 25, 2022 a recording will be posted on our website and emailed to all registrants. However, only those who attend the webinar live on January 25 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.


Assisted dying in the United States

Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 03:00 PM

Thaddeus Pope

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 27, join the Dying With Dignity Canada team and Thaddeus Pope to learn about assisted dying in the United States — completely free of charge. 

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Speaker:

Professor Thaddeus Mason Pope, JD, PhD, HEC-C, Mitchell Hamline School of Law. Thaddeus is a law professor and bioethicist using the law both to improve medical decision making and to protect patient rights at the end of life. In both scholarship and policy briefings, he balances liberty and public health, assures adequate informed consent, and develops fair internal dispute resolution mechanisms. 


Date and Time: Thursday, January 27, 2022

3:00 PM EST (Time Zone Converter)

If you can’t attend on Thursday, January 27, 2022, a recording will be posted on our website and emailed to all registrants. However, only those who attend the webinar live on January 27 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.