Judy M

I have two sisters and we lost our parents within a year of each other; our father first in September of 2020, followed by our mother, who accessed MAID in October of 2021. This was in the height of the COVID pandemic, which made everything that much more difficult. I organized and arranged Mom’s MAID provision and, at the time, wasn’t aware of any supports or resources available to me. I am now, and that is one of the main reasons I now volunteer with MAID Family Support Society. I would have found it immensely helpful and beneficial to have been able to speak with someone with lived experience during this most difficult and confusing time.

I’m very familiar with MAID as I’ve been active in volunteering in various capacities, including with Dying With Dignity Canada. Volunteering with MAID Family Support Society after Mom’s MAID death felt like a natural progression for me.

I have an extensive background in law enforcement – I’m a retired member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, having served my entire 25-year career in Alberta.

I have a very real, deep interest in helping people in their time of need and have also volunteered in numerous positions within our local hospital, including the Emergency Department, the Critical Care Unit, the Dialysis Unit, and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

I have numerous other hobbies including gardening, swimming, rug hooking, sewing, and early in 2024 I am becoming a first-time Grandma!