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The Humanist Forum meets Saturday morning 11am-1pm
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The Steering Committee meets 1st Wednesday, 7pm
The Book Group meets monthly.

HAT Monthly meeting, Dying With Dignity, Report

Here are members of the HAT Steering Committee (Tanya, Mary and Gail) with Wanda Morris (scarf) Executive Director of  Dying with Dignity Canada (DWD). 

This is from our well-attended Monthly Meeting in January, where Wanda presented a complex subject with passion, intelligence, and humour. She reviewed key milestones, both in Canada and around the world, as more and more jurisdictions have moved to increase patient autonomy and 'choice at the end of life'. DWD 'supports your right to be informed of your end-of-life options, so you can make choices for yourself, and maintain control of your dying process, and so that your choices and not someone elses, will guide your care. '

Wanda explained the importance of making an Advance Care Directive (Living Will), and informed us DWD provides advance care planning tools free of charge to members.  We also learned that for individuals with a terminal or progressive physical illness, DWD provides information and emotional support, through their Client Support Program, to help those individuals should they wish to self-determine their dying. 
A number of us decided to support their work by becoming members of Dying With Dignity, and HAT also joined as an organizational member, so that we can be kept updated about their advocacy.    For more information:

Dying with Dignity
802-55 Eglinton Avenue E
Toronto, M4P 1G8
416-486-3998, 10800-495-6156

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HAT meetings are free and open to members and the public. Call (416) 966-1361 for location information. ___________________________________________________
The Humanist Forum meets Saturday morning 11am-1pm.
The Monthly Meeting, is usually the second Saturday at 1:30pm; specifics should be found on this blog.
The Steering Committee meets the first Wednesday of each month, at 7pm.
The Book Group usually meets on the first Saturday afternoon of the month.