Olga Nikolajev - Canada
Olga is a death educator, certified in Thanatology, the study of death, dying, loss and grief. She is a dying well advocate, nurse educator, cannabis educator and grief counselor with over 25 years of professional experience as a registered nurse in various health care settings, including hospice palliative care. Her educational history includes a degree in Anthropology and Psychology, a Master’s degree in Religion and Culture, an interdisciplinary certificate in palliative care, along with her recent Cannabis Science certificate. Olga has been involved in national, provincial and local efforts to shift the way we view and approach our dying experience, death and grief, including how we care for each other at the end of life. She served as one of the founding faculty members for the Virtual School for Community Deathcare in Canada and is currently facilitating on-line Thanatology program courses through Centennial College, and the on-line End of Life Doula course through Douglas College across Canada.
Olga is also the founder and director of DyingMatters.ca a Death Education social enterprise and is the founder and current administrator of the Death Doula Ontario Network.
Ross Wilson - Canada
Since the day Ross was born, he was groomed to take over the family hair business. As the next in line of a hair empire, Ross travelled the world attending hair shows, hands on classes and worked in some of the top salons and barbershops across Canada and US. On November 20th, 2017 Ross lost his mother to a long but courageous battle with Cancer. At this moment he realized that all the money, wealth and success he strived for couldn’t save his mother. From that moment on Ross removed himself from the family business and became a true minimalist in all aspects. After the loss of his mother, Ross became an End Of Life Doula and a Hospice Chaplain. He witnessed with his own mothers death, the importance of having one's dignity honoured and respected. This lead him to dedicate his life to providing that level of service and dignified support to the growing homeless population in Canada. In March 2021, Ross created the non-profit organization called “Bardo Network” which provides end of life care and services to Hospice Shelters and homeless shelters across Canada.