A palliative care group in suburban Vancouver has one week to rally members across North America to protect its vision of MAiD-free end-of-life care.
Although it’s only autumn, Angelina Ireland hopes and prays October 22 will be a very good Friday for the Delta Hospice Society.
The date is the cut-off for new members to join the Society and help turn the tide against pro-euthanasia and assisted suicide activists seeking to seize control of the suburban Vancouver DHS board and its $4 million in assets.
Ireland wants to ensure the board has the numbers to protect those assets and put dollars toward developing a network of private hospices across Canada and the U.S. where Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) will not be allowed.
The DHS board president and her colleagues also want a resolution passed amending the Hospice Society’s constitution to prevent MAiD ever being permitted in a private DHS facility. The resolution and the re-election of the current board will take place at a virtual annual general meeting later this year. Its date will be set once membership closes next Friday.
“The important date right now is October 22,” Ireland told Convivium in an interview. “Anybody who wants to become a member has to do so by (next Friday). By joining, people will have the opportunity to re-elect a pro-life board of directors and vote ‘no’ to euthanasia becoming part of the society.”
Ireland said DHS has already won a substantial victory just by maintaining the right to open the membership to all who want to join and by having the AGM held virtually so its accessible across North America. It took a heated, three-hour meeting on Oct. 1 for the current DHS board to prevail over its pro-MAiD rivals. Ironically, it was able to do so by turning the tables using legal decisions that actually went against the Society in 2020.
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