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Bridge C-14's Team

I want to provide meaningful connections for people with lived experience so that they may find hope and compassion in their greatest time of need.

Lauren Clark, President & CEO

Lauren Clark

President & CEO

 

Lauren Clark is the volunteer President & CEO of Bridge C-14. In 2017, she met Jan Ditchfield, the Founder of Bridge C-14 and joined its founding Board of Directors. Lauren is deeply passionate about providing families with with compassionate support throughout their journey with MAID and took over the organization after Jan stepped down from day-to-day operations in order to spend more time with her family. 

 

Professionally, Lauren is a Social Worker at The Ottawa Hospital (TOH). She holds a permanent position in the Medicine Department at the Civic Campus and has been an active member of the MAiD Team at TOH since its inception in 2016, acting as Lead Social Worker for this group.

 

Lauren holds a Social Service Worker diploma from Lambton College, a certificate in Dementia Studies from Lakehead University, as well as a Bachelor of Social Work and a Master of Social Work from Carleton University. She is a registered Member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) and the Ontario Association of Social Workers (OASW). Lauren was recently named as one of the OASW Inspirational Leaders for 2019 for her work with MAiD. Through her post-secondary education, Lauren developed a strong interest in chronic illness and grief and bereavement. As such, she tailored much of her learning to these areas. Her current positions at TOH have allowed her to integrate this knowledge into practice seamlessly, both on the in-patient unit and through her participation in MAiD. 

Jan Ditchfield

Founder

Jan Ditchfield is an award-winning Disability and Human Rights Advocate. She has been honoured for her work as a Rick Hansen Difference Maker medalist, as well as at the Celebration of People Awards, and was named one of the top Amazing People in Canada’s National Capital Region. Her work has been featured by such publications as The National Post, The Globe & Mail, and The New York Times.

In 2016, she undertook a deeply personal and heartbreaking journey with a loved one who wished for a community-based, medically-assisted death. In this challenging time, she found herself navigating a system that was unprepared and, at times, even hostile. In advocating for and trying to access her loved one’s right to MAID, Jan experienced firsthand the lack of supports in place for families in similar positions.

Motivated by this experience, Jan founded Bridge C-14 in 2017.

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