Gabriola to host speaker from Death with Dignity Movement

Tsiporah Grignon

Submitted Article

Monday, November 5 2012

On Sunday, Nov. 11, Gabriolans will have the opportunity to hear a very knowledgeable speaker from the Death with Dignity movement.
Russel Ogden is currently employed by Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Richmond. For over two decades, he has been very interested in the academic study of assisted suicide and euthanasia, and has developed courses on the sociology of dying and death, and socio-legal aspects of assisted death. His research has been published in many scholarly journals.
Russel is one of the five founding directors of the Farewell Foundation for the Right to Die, formed in February 2011. This foundation supports a demedicalized model for humane assistance with self-chosen death, similar to that which exists in Switzerland. Since assistance with dying is illegal in Canada, the Farewell Foundation currently accompanies members with unassisted suicide, subject to the foundation’s published Procedures for Attending a Self-Chosen Death.
At the June 2012 Congress of the World Federation of Right to Die Societies in Zurich, Russel was awarded the Marilynne Seguin Award for his “significant contributions to the dying with dignity movement.”
We are fortunate that Russel is willing to come to Gabriola to share some of his knowledge. He speaks at the Community Hall, 2-4 p.m., followed by a Q-and-A period. Admission is by donation (suggested $5) in order to pay Russel’s travel expenses from Vancouver as well as the hall fee.
If you have any questions, please contact Tsiporah Grignon at 250-247-8350 or Raymond Tremblay at 250-247-7384.