Honouring Canada’s Lifeline presents first annual Logan Boulet Award to Randy and Shelly

Shelly and Randy are the 2020 recipients of the inaugural Logan Boulet Award distributed at this year’s Honouring Canada’s Lifeline, an annual recognition event hosted by Canadian Blood Services which celebrates exemplary donors, community leaders and volunteers for their generous contributions and commitment to Canada’s Lifeline.

The Logan Boulet Award recognizes organ donors and donor families, those who so selflessly share their stories, raising awareness about donation and the powerful impact it has for patients and their families in Canada. 

The Logan Boulet Award is named in honour of a young man who made the decision to be an organ donor just weeks before his tragic passing as a result of the tragic Humboldt Broncos bus crash in 2018. News of this donation inspired ‘The Logan Boulet Effect’, motivating 100,000 Canadians to register as organ and tissue donors in the weeks following.

Logan’s parents Bernadine and Toby Boulet participated in this year’s Honouring Canada’s Lifeline virtual event. Logan’s family continue to share their story, making an essential contribution to nationwide public awareness of organ and tissue donation.

Shelly was the first person in Nova Scotia to undergo medical assistance in dying and become an organ donor. At a time when many of us would look for privacy, Shelly and Randy opened up their lives to strangers so that they might learn more about end of life compassion and the gift of organ donation. She was passionate about educating health professionals and the public on all of these issues. Shelly and her family bravely and selflessly invited us to chronicle their journey over many months through her end of life process and subsequent organ donation. Her gifts saved three lives. Her story is told in the documentary, Her Last Project, which can be streamed on CBC GEM.  

“I think she’d be pleased that it’s getting out there, getting heard, having people talk about it,” shared Randy while reflecting on the documentary at the awards ceremony, “What it did was reinforce what [Shelly] had spent the past 10 years trying to teach me: ‘it’s not about you.’ Think of others, don’t think of yourself.”

In the face of tragedy, donation is a tiny light in the corner of a family’s grief. A tribute to families who have made the decision, whether that decision led to successful donation or not, that decision is a give of life and hope and deserves to be honoured.

Honouring Canada’s Lifeline (HCL) is an annual, national event recognizing some of the country’s most dedicated people at the heart of Canada’s Lifeline.

Each year, it takes hundreds of thousands of blood donors, stem cell donors, organ and tissue donors, financial donors, employees and volunteers — as well as thousands of community and corporate groups and partners — to save the lives of patients across Canada. Honouring Canada’s Lifeline is Canadian Blood Services’ opportunity to recognize the many contributors along that path.

Her Last Project now streaming on CBC Gem


Her Last Project, a film by Rosvita Dransfeld, is the extraordinary story of Dr. Shelly Sarwal, a physician from Halifax. Diagnosed with the incurable disorder multiple system atrophy, Dr. Sarwal chose to receive medical assistance in dying (MAID) and become an organ donor. In case you missed last night’s broadcast premiere on CBC, the film is now streaming on CBC Gem. Find out how to watch this remarkable film online here


Her Last Project selected for the Central Alberta Film Festival

Excited to announce that Her Last Project will screen at the fourth annual Central Alberta Film Festival on October 15, 2020. This year CAFF 2020 will be a socially distanced film festival taking place October, 14 -17, 2020 in Red Deer, Alberta.

“Her Last Project” has been nominated for Best Feature Documentary at CAFF 2020! The winner will be announce at an Awards Ceremony on Oct 17/2020.  

Tickets available online.

TV Broadcast Premiere of Her Last Project on CBC

Her Last Project: An extraordinary woman dedicates the last months of her life to educating others about dying with dignity and meaning.  October 15, 2020 on CBC

Article: Pioneering patient Shelly Sarwal was the first in Nova Scotia to donate organs after a planned death

Director’s Essay: With only months to live, this woman taught me about dying with dignity

Read more | CBC Docs: Point of View

Thank you, Winnipeg & Saskatoon

Her Last Project hit screens in Saskatoon and Winnipeg the week of Nov. 19-22. Thanks to our colleagues and friends at Saskatchewan Health Authority and Transplant Manitoba’s Gift of Life for inviting us and for organizing such great events. We’re grateful for your support in sharing Shelly’s powerful message.

Each screening was followed by an engaging panel discussion that brought together donation coordinators, donor family members, MAID team members and audience members. It was an opportunity to share and understand regional perspectives and personal experiences.

Keep an eye on herlastproject.ca for upcoming events and news. Resources and guidance for medical professionals supporting patients and families through end of life are available online.

If you’re interested in organizing a screening in your region or would like more information, please reach out through our Contact page.

Her Last Project to screen in Winnipeg, Nov. 20 & 21

Transplant Manitoba – Gift of Life, in partnership with Canadian Blood Services and Shared Health, is pleased to present the Manitoba screening of Her Last Project. The documentary follows the extraordinary journey of Dr. Shelly Sarwal, a physician from Halifax, Nova Scotia living with Multiple System Atrophy (MSA).

Dr. Sarwal chose Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) and included her wish to be an organ donor. As the first person in Nova Scotia to experience this medical journey, she dedicated the time she had left on this earth to educate health professionals and the general public about being in control of your death and creating a meaningful legacy through organ donation. Each screening will be followed by an expert panel including Gift of Life and Manitoba’s MAID team members.

There will be two screenings:

Her Last Project to screen in Saskatoon on Nov. 19

Join Canadian Blood Services and the Saskatchewan Health Authority Organ and Tissue Donation Program on November 19th at 6:30 pm in Room 1150 in the Health Sciences Building at the University of Saskatchewan for a screening of this film. After the film, a panel discussion with clinical experts will be held to discuss the film and its impact.

Reserve your seats at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/her-last-project-tickets-79610484101

Her Last Project is the extraordinary story of Dr. Shelly Sarwal, a physician from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Diagnosed with Multiple System Atrophy (MSA), an incurable disease, Shelly chose to undergo the recently legalized Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID) procedure and become an organ donor.

The documentary serves to honour Dr. Sarwal’s wish to bring valuable experience and insight about MAID and organ donation to the clinical community, to patients and to the general public.  Through this film and other medical curriculum and professional training, the producers are helping fulfill Dr. Shelly Sarwal’s final wish to document and share her story. 

Her Last Project teaches us to embrace and accept dying as an essential part of our lives and to stimulate greater conversation around organ and tissue donation as a part of quality end-of-life care.

For questions, contact the SHA Donation Program at SHA.DonationProgram@saskhealthauthority.ca

Her Last Project to screen at CCCF 2019

This year marks the fifth annual Deceased Organ Donation Symposium at the Critical Care Canada Forum in Toronto.

Presented by Canadian Blood Services, Trillium Gift of Life and the Canadian Donation and Transplantation Research Program (CDTRP), this two-day symposium held Nov. 11–12, 2019 promotes scientific research in organ donation and transplantation and its application to critical care practice. 

The program will feature a family perspective by Randy Tresidder, Dr. Sarwal’s husband, who will share his experience and perspectives on MAID and organ donation. The incredible story of Randy’s wife, Dr. Shelly Sarwal, is captured in the documentary film Her Last Project. 

Critical Care Canada Forum participants will have an opportunity to watch Her Last Project on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 12:30 pm. 

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