15th John K. Friesen Conference 2005

“Quality of Life at the End of Life: Decisions and Choices”

June 6-7 - 2005

Conference program

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Keynote Speakers:

Paul A. Spiers, PhD Topic: "The Right to a Compassionate Choice at Life's End" [view video]

David Kuhl, MD, PhD Topic: "What Dying People Want" [view video]

The Honourable Senator Sharon Carstairs Topic : "Canadian Strategy on Palliative and End of Life Care: Where are we Heading?" [view video]

Still Not There: Quality End-of-Life Care: A Progress Report

Quality End-of-Life Care: The Right of Every Canadian: FINAL REPORT : english / french

The Honourable Penny Ballem, MD. Topic: "Three Years Since the Discussion Paper was Published: Status of the BC Strategy for End-of-Life Care" [view video]

Topic: "Respecting Choices: Medical, Legal & Ethical Considerations"

Duncan Robertson, MD - Chair, BC Medical Association Geriatrics and Palliative Care Committee
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Charmaine Spencer, LLM - Research Associate, SFU Gerontology Research Centre
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Alister Browne, PhD - Chair, Ethics Committee Vancouver General Hospital; Member, Board of Directors and past vice-president, BC Civil Liberties Association; Chair, Philosophy Department, Langara College
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Topic: "Perspectives on 'Physician Assisted Deliverance'"

David Jackson, BTh - Former Director of Pastoral Care, Sherbrooke Community Centre (Saskatoon, SK) and Pacific Health Care Society (New Westminster, Burnaby); and Health Services Manager, Fellburn Care Centre
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Rodger Nelson, MD - Former Medical Director, Queen’s Park Hospital and Fellburn Medical Centre
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Ruth Von Fuchs, MA - President, Right-to-Die Society
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Barry Worsfold, MSW, Dip.Gero. - Sessional Instructor, SFU Gerontology Department (formerly with White Rock Mental Health Team)
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Topic: "The Way Forward - Recommendations and Action Strategies"

Pierre Allard - Director, Service Bureau, Dominion Command, Royal Canadian Legion
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Carolyn Tayler, RN, BN, MSA, CON(C) - President, BC Chapter Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association and Director, End-of-Life Care, Fraser Health Authority
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Kirsten Maier - Executive Director, Caregivers Association of BC
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Public Lecture:

"The Time to Die-Whose Choice?
A Dialogue About Celebrity Cases and Ordinary People"

SPEAKERS:
Evelyn Martens - Acquitted of suicide assistance. The Humanist Association of Canada selected Evelyn Martens as the 2005 recipient of the Humanist of the Year award
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Catherine Tyhurst, LLB - Firestone and Tyhurst, Barristers and Solicitors who legally represented Evelyn Martens
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Response Panel:
Jim Cormack, MSW - Social Worker, North Shore Palliative Care Program
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Romayne Gallagher, MD - Clinical professor, Division of Palliative Care, UBC; Palliative Care Physician, Vancouver Home Hospice; and Co-Chair, Public Information and Awareness Working Group of the National Strategy on Palliative and End-of-Life Care
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Tom Koch, PhD - Bio-ethicist, author and Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Gerontology, SFU and Dept. of Geography, UBC
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Ruth Von Fuchs, MA - President, Right-to-Die Society
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Other distinguished Friesen 2005 contributors included:

Capt. L.J. (Bud) Black
Jay Chalke, LLB - Public Guardian and Trustee of British Columbia
Mrs. Cherie Scott