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HW Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) and How it is Accessed in Alberta

Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) has been legal throughout Canada since June of 2016. In Alberta, (June 2016-August 2020), 1351 have died using MAID, and 190 have applied but did not meet the legal criteria. MAID accounts for approximately 2% of all deaths in Alberta.

This presentation will explore MAID as an end-of- life option, the application process, criteria, and current legislation. You will also hear a first-hand story about a family’s experience with MAID, and we will answer your questions.

Presenter: June Churchill, MSW is a retired clinical social worker. In retirement she focuses her energy and interest in the areas of conscious aging and conscious dying. In the past, June was a member of the Calgary Death Network and the Threshold Choir. She has developed two CALL Interest groups ‘The Final Chapters’ and ‘Gathering Your Wisdom’.

For the past 4 years she was co-chair of the planning committee of the Calgary Chapter of Dying with Dignity. She has presented many workshops about Assisted Dying both before and after Bill C14 legalized medically assisted death in 2016. June actively supports increased access to palliative care and end of life planning. She actively supports the right to choice at end of life for those who wish to explore a physician assisted death.

Presenter: Leslie Allen, for the past 20 years has worked in human development as a coach, mediator and facilitator. Her background spans various industries, including post-secondary instructional design and delivery, human rights, conflict resolution, separation and divorce mediation, child protection mediation and energy resolution development. Her husband’s recent death from cancer has inspired her to expand her work into aging and end-of-life. She is passionate about guiding these conversations to ensure people live and die honouring what matters most. Leslie has a BA in Psychology & Women Studies, is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach, a Registered Practicing Mediator, and Adult Educator and Facilitator, a Certified End-of-Life Doula and a Public Speaker.

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