Taylor Hyatt obtained an Honours B.A. in Linguistics – with minors in Communications & Psychology – from Carleton University. In her final year of school, she worked as an assistant to Member of Parliament Garnett Genuis. Canada’s assisted suicide legislation was being written at that time. Ms. Hyatt was responsible for proofreading Mr. Genuis’ comments and amendments to Bill C-14, as well as finding witnesses to speak before the Physician-Assisted Dying Committee.
Ms. Hyatt has a life-long interest in bioethical issues, especially those relating to the end of life and people with disabilities. This interest grew out of her personal experience with disability. Ms. Hyatt began to advocate publicly on disability rights issues when she moved to Ottawa to attend university. There, she joined the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition. Since then, her articles and interviews have appeared on CBC, Global News, and the Ottawa Citizen.
Ms. Hyatt currently serves as the Policy Analyst and Outreach Director of Toujours Vivant-Not Dead Yet (TVNDY). TVNDY is a project of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities, expanding the reach of CCD’s Ending-of-Life Ethics Committee.
Ms. Hyatt still lives in Ottawa, but needs to move to a bigger apartment if she wants to fulfill her dream of sharing her home with a cat. She can be reached at email@example.com.