2020 FAQ

DATE & TIME: May 23rd, from 9 am – 6 pm (registration opens at 8:30 am)

LOCATION:  MARY WINSPEAR CENTRE  – 2243 Beacon Ave, Sidney, BC V8L 1W9  View Map >>

CONTACT US: info@deathlymatters.ca

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Cancellation and Refund Policy

If you need to cancel for any reason please notify us by April 25th for a refund.

Tickets cancelled before by April 25th will receive a refund less a $10.00 service fee. After April 25th, all tickets are non-refundable.

If you need to transfer your ticket to someone else, you may do so by May 9th. After May 9th, all tickets are non-transferable. Please be sure that your replacement person has the confirmation of your ticket sale.

Cancellations and transfer requests must be in writing by email to info@deathlymatters.ca.

In the unlikely event that the conference is cancelled, we will refund all tickets.

All listed speakers are confirmed; however, we recognize that life events may sometimes prevent a speaker from participating.  We will do all we can to provide a suitable replacement or substitution for that speaker/session. ​

Conference Location – MARY WINSPEAR CENTRE

This year’s venue, the Mary Winspear Centre was chosen as it is a larger venue and allows for the expansion of the event and more beautiful souls to join in the conversation.  The  30,000 square foot, fully wheelchair-accessible Centre offers modern, fully-appointed facilities along with free parking.  It is a community-focused, not-for-profit centre, and is located within minutes of the Ferry Terminal and Airport. 

We acknowledge with gratitude that this event is being hosted on the ancestral lands of the Coast Salish WSANEC people.

Food and Beverage

We are pleased to include local Food Trucks this year who will provide food services during our 90 minute lunch period.  We are pleased to include Kattia’s Kitchen Authentic Mexican Food and Mama Rosie’s Filipino Cuisine. 

You are also welcome to bring your own lunch and snacks along to enjoy indoors in the Bodine Hall or outside on the surrounding lawns. 

There will be a Concession available with beverage and snack options including a selection of coffees and teas for purchase.

We encourage you to bring a refillable water bottle and/or reusable beverage container to fill and take with you to the presentations.


The Community Showcase is open to conference attendees during the 90 minute lunch period from 12 noon to 1.30 pm. 

The Community Showcase is located in the Bodine Hall and includes a Community Resource Table, a  variety of  individuals and organizations, and a Munro’s Book Table .

Parking and Directions

The Mary Winspear Centre  is located at 2243 Beacon Avenue in Sidney, BC.

View map below

Walk-on or drive on a state of the art ferry to Sidney from Vancouver via the BC Ferry Service and or direct bus connection via PCL transit with drop off at Beacon Avenue, just a few steps to the front door.

If you are travelling by ground from Victoria, drive North on Highway #17 and follow the signage to Sidney. Take the Sidney Exit (Right on Beacon Avenue) and look for the Mary Winspear Centre on your right hand side when entering Sidney from Highway #17.

Free parking is available at the Centre.

Public Transportation information may be found here – https://www.bctransit.com/victoria/schedules-and-maps


We are pleased to be using Eventbrite as our ticket provider this year –

REGISTER NOW We encourage you to bring your ticket, but we will have your name on our attendee list.

We will provide all attendees with a wristband that you can wear throughout the day in order to access presentations.

What to Expect and What to Bring

Seats are standard folding chairs. Feel free to bring a cushion or seat pad if you want to be more comfortable. You are also welcome to stand if that is more comfortable for your body.

Who should/can attend?
Those who are curious and interested in talking about death within a safe, open and comfortable community setting.

Those who are looking for alternatives to the current way our culture approaches death and dying.

Those who want to learn more about what services are available for people who are at end-of-life and/or for people caring for the dying.

We welcome anyone ages 13 and up to attend. We believe information, education and open conversation about death and dying should be available to everyone. We request that you use your own discretion when deciding to bring your children or young adults.

An event built from our hearts. Do you still have questions?