Published on November 10, 2020
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Your milestone. Your story.

Advance Care Planning can be an emotional subject. Oftentimes it is not explored early enough in life, leading to anxiety or regret in the event of a sudden health incident. With the Life Milestones campaign, Advance Care Planning in Canada showcases the importance of proactive planning.

SAY – The Animated Video

The goal of the animated video was to “highlight the importance of having these conversations and show that it doesn’t have to be seen as something that is difficult or overwhelming to talk about thanks to ACP’s streamlined and accessible approach” says Brendan Huza, producer of the video.

The animated video was produced by freelance animation director, Brendan Huza, based in Burbank, California. Brendan has had the honour of creating animated music videos for Aretha Franklin, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, Alanis Morissette, Leon Russell, Sly and the Family Stone – and most importantly, Tara Shannon!

For more of Brendan’s work, visit

A Conversation with Maryse Bouvette

Join Advance Care Planning in Canada for a conversation with Maryse Bouvette. Maryse is a retired specialized palliative care nurse with over 30 years of experience in the health care sector. Director of Advance Care Planning in Canada, Laurel Gillespie sits down with Maryse to discuss the importance of Advance Care Planning and how ACP impacted Maryse and her family.

A Conversation with Joy Wirta

Join Advance Care Planning in Canada for a conversation with Joy Wirta. Joy has two decades of experience as a Public Servant and Founder of Dragonfly Advisory Services, and now also serves as a Death Doula to continuously advocate for choices for those dying. Working to build strong relationships with the community for better end of life care, Joy’s passion and drive has led her to a more holistic approach to dying, and it is her wish that everyone has the opportunity to have the best death possible for their end of life journey. 

For more information or to reach Joy Wirta, you can learn more at

Life Milestones

When You Start Post-Secondary Education
Congratulations! You’ve finished high school and are preparing for post-secondary education. If you have not already done so, now is the time to take an active role in the management of your health care decisions, including Advance Care Planning.

When You Move 
Work or personal matters can take you far away from loved ones who might someday have to act quickly or travel to help care for you. Make sure they know your preferences for care. It will help reduce anxiety during a stressful time.

When You Register To Be An Organ Donor 
Many people in Canada already donate blood, but the need for organs and tissue remains high. When you are reflecting on whether to register your consent for organ and tissue donation, you should also complete the 5 Steps of Advance Care Planning

When You Get -or- Renew Your Driver’s Licence 
The sad reality is that motor vehicle accidents remain a leading cause of unexpected injury and death. Make sure you name a Substitute Decision Maker(s) and tell them about your wishes for care in case you are injured and cannot speak for yourself.

When You Get Married 
A marriage can mean a change in your Substitute Decision Maker(s), the person who will speak for you if cannot. This is also an important time to have a conversation with your partner to ensure you both understand each other’s wishes for care.

If You Get Divorced  
This transition period is an ideal time to review your choice of Substitute Decision Maker (SDM). If you decide to name a new SDM, make sure they understand your wishes and their role. It is important to choose someone you trust and who will feel comfortable communicating your wishes.

When You Have A Baby
A new life brings added responsibilities and changes. Use this opportunity to discuss and review your plan, especially with your Substitute Decision Maker(s).

When Your Health Care Team Changes 
Changing your doctor or seeing a new health professional provides the perfect opportunity to bring up Advance Care Planning and to ensure that health professionals know who you have named as a Substitute Decision Maker.

When You Have A Major Health Care Concern
Technology is enabling more Canadians to live longer with chronic illnesses, but it can also result in medical interventions that may be unacceptable to you. It is important to clarify your wishes with your health care team and others important to you, especially your Substitute Decision Maker(s).

When You Relocate 
Advance Care Planning documentation and terminology varies across the country. While the conversation with your Substitute Decision Maker is the most important thing you can do, it is also a good idea to make sure that any written plans meet with provincial/territorial guidelines

Your Substitute Decision Maker Falls Ill 
It’s important that your Substitute Decision Maker (SDM) is both able and willing to act on your behalf. If your SDM falls ill, speak with them about their willingness to continue in the role. If you need to name a new SDM, make sure they understand your wishes for care.

You Change Your Mind 
Life changes and so can your wishes for future health care. A regular review of your plan and your choice of Substitute Decision Maker will help to ensure that you receive the care you want… and deserve!

Legacy Planning 
Many people use tax time as an opportunity to review their financial planning and estate planning. Why not set aside a few extra minutes during tax season to review your Advance Care Plan and ensure it still reflects your wishes.

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