Mary* struggled with managing her bipolar disorder for many years and in 2016 her sister Joanne* was granted guardianship and trusteeship. Not long after, Mary was diagnosed with ALS, which progressed rapidly. In 2018, Mary began asking about MAID.
Even though Joanne wasn’t opposed to this, Mary could not pursue MAID because of the guardianship order. At this stage, the CEO of Dying with Dignity reached out to Shelley Waite to ask if McLeod Law would help the sisters terminate the guardianship order, which would allow Mary to pursue MAID.
An urgent ex parte application was granted, and Mary formally began the MAID process. She was approved, and her procedure was scheduled for late August 2018. However, on the day of, it was determined Mary no longer had capacity, and her choice to pursue MAID was invalidated.
Mary passed away from her ALS three weeks after the scheduled procedure date.
Shelley Waite has been extensively involved in the advocacy of MAID legislation in Canada.
*Names have been changed to protect identities.