2022 Festival
October 17–23

02: Choices of Living: A Conversation about Assisted Dying

02: Choices of Living: A Conversation about Assisted Dying

This is a pre-recorded virtual event. Ticket holders will be able to watch it from the time it is released until Monday, October 24 at 9:00 am.

If we are to have autonomy over our lives, choosing when to end our own is arguably one of the most important rights. In this moving, down-to-earth, and pragmatic conversation, two authors discuss why assisted dying is less about death than about how we wish to live.

Dr. Stefanie Green, President of the Canadian Association of Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) Assessors and Providers, shares her first year of experiences in this medical field in Canada in This is Assisted Dying. She is joined by author Bill Richardson, whose latest book, Last Week, explores how to discuss MAiD with children in a sensitive portrayal of a child cherishing the last days with their grandmother. Together, they demonstrate why talking about death doesn’t have to be as scary as it sounds—and why they are so passionate about the right to MAiD.

Event Participants:

Dr. Stefanie Green

DR. STEFANIE GREEN worked in general practice, maternity, and newborn care before changing her focus to medical assistance in dying (MAiD). She is the cofounder and current President of the Canadian Association of MAiD Assessors and Providers (CAMAP) and medical advisor to the BC Ministry of Health MAiD oversight committee.

Bill Richardson

BILL RICHARDSON is a former radio host and winner of the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour. He has written acclaimed children's books. After Hamelin won the Silver Birch Award and The Alphabet Thief was named among New York Library's Best Books for Kids. Last Week is his latest middle-grade picture book.