2019 FAQ

DATE & TIME: May 25th, from 9:00am-4pm (registration opens at 8:30am)

LOCATION:  MCTAVISH ACADEMY OF ART – 1720 McTavish Road.  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 27th for a refund.

Tickets cancelled before by April 27th will receive a refund less a $10.00 service fee. After April 27th, all tickets are non-refundable.

If you need to transfer your ticket to someone else, you may do so by May 11th. After May 11th, 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 at the last minute. We will do all we can to provide a suitable replacement or substitution for that speaker/session. ​

Conference Location – McTavish Academy of Arts (MAOA)
We have chosen McTavish Academy of Art (MAOA) which resides in a former elementary school building in North Saanich. The 18,000 sq. foot space has been transformed into a vibrant and inclusive creative arts facility. It is a community-focused centre with lots of space and natural light.

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

Food and Beverage

We are pleased to partner with Island Culinary Service who are providing a Concession Tent. There will be a menu posted closer to the event which will include healthy lunch sandwich/wrap options, salads, and a selection of beverages for purchase.

You are also welcome to bring your own lunch and snacks along to enjoy outdoors on the picnic tables, in the orchard, or inside in the Grand Gallery.

There will be a Beverage Bar available with juice and smoothie options, and 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 only from 12 to 1.15 pm during the lunch hour, and is open to the general public from 1.30 to 3 pm.

The Community Showcase is in the Community Hall.

Parking and Directions

MAOA is located at 1720 McTavish Road, in North Saanich, BC.

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From the Swartz Bay Terminal, head south on BC-17 (Pat Bay Highway), take exit 26 for McTavish Road toward Victoria International Airport.  At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto McTavish Road. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit and sta on McTavish Road.  Continue on McTavish Road, across East Saanich Road at the traffic lights, and McTavish Academy of Art will be on your right hand side.

From Victoria, head north on BC-17 (Pat Bay Highway), toward Sidney/Ferries. Take exit 26 toward Victoria/Anacortes/San-Juan Island.  At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto McTavish Road.  At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and stay on McTavish Road. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit and stay on McTavish Road. Continue on McTavish Road, across East Saanich Road at the traffic lights, and McTavish Academy of Art will be on your right hand side.

Free parking is available at MAOA, and the surrounding area. We encourage car sharing.

Public Transportation information may be found here – https://mctavishacademy.ca/faq-items/bus-access/


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 folded resin 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?