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Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) Lunch & Learn Webinar Series: Conversations about MAiD

May 25th – 28th, 2021

11:30 am to 12:45 pm

Please join us for our week long Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) Lunch & Learn Webinar Series on conversations about MAiD. Our distinguished panel below will present on their findings, experiences and expertise.

BC Hospice & Palliative Care Association Members are FREE to attend and Non-Member by Donation.

Members, please log into your Members portal to register.

Non-members, please register below:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Day 1 – Tuesday, May 25th

“Comparing MAiD Provider Policies across BC’s Health Authorities & Provincial Colleges of Physicians and Surgeons.”

Presenter: Allyson Miller
Northern Medical Program student of UBC, MHA, BScH,CHE

Allyson is currently a year two medical student attending the Northern Medical Program. She has a BSc in Biochemistry from UVic, a Masters of Health Administration from UBC and is a Certified Health Executive through the Canadian College of Health Leaders. In her last position, she worked as a Regional Advisor & Advocate, Island for Doctors of BC. She partnered with physicians to advocate on patient care issues and worked collaboratively with senior leadership to address them. In her spare time, she loves to embrace her Okanagan roots, and loves wine tasting, channel floating, and eating peaches. She currently resides in Prince George, where she lives with her fiance, Ryan, her kitty, Cobalt and her Border Collie, Stella.


Co-presenter Q&A: Dr. Shannon Freeman
Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Northern British Columbia.

Shannon is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC), and a member of AGEWELL: Canada’s technology and aging network focusing on innovative solutions to support healthy aging and is leading work examining clinical need for long-term care in rural and northern communities. She is working on developing a safe transition program for residents to return to a community-based setting of care.

Day 2 – Wednesday, May 26th

“Bridge C-14: Supporting Patients and Families”

The impact of the decision to pursue Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) has a ripple effect that extends beyond the death itself, for the individual, their family, community and healthcare team. As many find that the grief process with MAiD is very different from other losses they have experienced, coming to terms with this type of loss involves learning new ways to find meaning in the loss experience, putting this into perspective and working through the journey. Bridge C-14 is a national non-profit organization dedicated to providing meaningful connections of support for individuals, families and loved ones, as well as for professionals and organizations, throughout all stages of medical assistance in dying (MAiD).

Presenter: Lauren Clark

President and CEO Bridge-C14, Social Worker

Lauren Clark is a Social Worker at The Ottawa Hospital (TOH). She holds a permanent position in the Medicine Department at the Civic Campus and has been an active member of the Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) Team at TOH and with the Champlain Regional MAiD Network.


Day 3 – Thursday, May 27th

MAiD from the Lens of the Caregiver

Presenter: Chelsea Peddle, End of Life Consultant and Death Doula, Circle Space 

“Designing a Death: ideas to engage loved ones and children in the MAID experience”
Chelsea tells the story of walking with her mum, Merry, though her MAID journey in 2019 and how mindfully preparing for her death through ritual, legacy work, and tending to their personal comfort helped them create a beautiful dying experience. Chelsea will share ideas for engaging loved ones and children to enact MAID as ceremony, make meaning and soften grief-bereavement.

Chelsea has an End-of-Life Doula certificate from Douglas College and is a member of the End-of-Life Doula Care Association of Canada and Death Doula Network BC. She also has a Masters 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.

Day 4 – Friday, May 26th

“MAiD from the Lens of the Physician”

Presenter: Dr. Philippa Hawley

B.Med., F.R.C.P.C. UBC Division Head of Palliative Care

Pippa came to Canada from the UK via New Zealand, and became a Palliative Medicine specialist via a roundabout route, including some clinical HIV research in Vancouver in the early ‘90s, 2 Internal Medicine residencies, and a self-directed 2 yr fellowship including 6 months working with Prof. Geoff Hanks, the first professor of palliative medicine in Bristol, England . Pippa started the BC Cancer Agency’s Pain & Symptom Management/Palliative Care Program (PSMPC) in 1997. Pippa is the medical leader of the Provincial PSMPC Program and of the Vancouver team, doing mainly outpatient clinic consultations. Pippa’s research interests include: the assessment and treatment of symptoms such as oral mucositis, delirium and constipation; and she is currently carrying out RCTs on management of opioid-induced constipation and lidocaine infusions for cancer-related pain. She is also leading the drive for early integration of palliative care into oncology in BC, and the creation of an academic palliative care network in BC.

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