MAID - Medical Assistance in Dying : Impacts on patients and families
Lead, MAID Access Home and Community Care Support Services South West
Julie is a nurse Practitioner and a MAID assessor and provider. Julie holds undergraduate degrees in Health Sciences, Business and Nursing and Master Degrees in Business and Nursing. Prior to her work with MAID she worked as a nurse practitioner in addictions and mental health and primary care. She was recognized in 2017 with the Pfizer Award for Clinical Excellence and in 2019 with the Canadian College of Health Leaders Distinguished Service Award. Julie is also an avid community volunteer and has given her time to numerous health and service organizations both locally and nationally. She is a current member of the Board of Directors of CAMAP since 2020, a member of the Clinical Advisory Council for Dying with Dignity Canada, a board member for Thames Valley Family Health Team and Omega Specialty Nurses and a member of the Canadian College of Health Leaders.
Al Gretzky is active member of the London community known for many roles. His most treasured role has been spouse of Marylin for 60 years and father of three. Al is a political junkie and has previously ran in both federal and provincial political campaigns. He has been a member of the Optimists and has coached hockey, baseball and soccer. He is also a race walker, has competed in a marathon and currently walks “briskly” about 40 kilometers a week. Al has shared his gift of storytelling to ensure Marylin’s story of choice and love was shared with the Senate of Canada as Bill C7 was debated.
Jocelyn Downie, CM, FRSC, FCAHS, SJD
University Research Professor, Faculties of Law and Medicine at Dalhousie University
Jocelyn 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.