Mary joined the EOLC Society after the slow and painful deaths of three of her close friends when she realised that a law change was essential to prevent extended suffering. She became secretary of the Auckland branch and then joined the National Committee.
Ann is a long-time campaigner for the right to die with dignity. She was inspired to become active after witnessing the suffering death of her mother in 2005. Ann believes in the power of the pen and uses the media and letters to politicians to press for compassionate change.
Linda sees that our next big challenge as a society is to face up to death and dying in a responsible and compassionate way. Too many of Linda’s family and friends have experienced anything but a gentle death. Linda is committed to enabling people to make informed choices in relation to dying, and to see those choices enshrined in law.
Ann joined EOLC and went onto the Wellington committee four years ago. The following year she became the secretary of the Wellington branch.
Tony has been involved in IT, primarily in software development, for the last 30 years. He joined EOLC Wellington following a number of years volunteer work at a rest home and then seeing a friend slowly die and listening to him say "I don't want to be like this". He went on the Wellington branch committee and took over the role of Treasurer.
Dr Libby Smales
Libby is a Palliative Care Physician with many years of experience working as Medical Director at Cranford Hospice in Hawkes Bay. After listening to many heart-breaking stories of horrible deaths, she did her own research and motivated by what she learned, by the memories of the suffering of her husband and her father as they died, and the suicides of three dying friends, she joined EOLC.
Maryan promoted her End of Life Choice Bill, developed and put into the Parliamentary ballot in the first half of 2012, but it was never drawn in advance of election year 2014. Since then she has debated end of life choice issues up and down the country, even after leaving Parliament in 2014.
Dr Jack Havill
Jack is a retired Intensive Care Medicine Specialist. He has spent time as Dean of the Joint Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine (Australia and NZ), Head of Waikato Clinical School and on the Waikato Hospital Board. He was made an Officer of NZ Order of Merit - services to medical research and medicine.
He is an ex-President of the EOLC Society and, having seen many deaths in less than desirable circumstances, and recognises the need for the EOLC Act.