Olga Nikolajev is an End-of-Life Nurse educator, published author, dying well advocate, cannabis educator and End of Life Doula mentor with over 25 years of professional experience as a registered nurse in various health care settings, including hospice palliative care. Olga has been involved in national, provincial and local community 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 and beyond. Since 2017, Olga has facilitated on-line Certificate Thanatology program courses, and in 2018 started facilitating the End of Life Doula course virtually and in-person across Canada.
Olga is the founder and director of DyingMatters.ca a death awareness and educational business, and is the founder and director of the Death Doula Ontario Network which she founded in June 2020. Olga has been honoured to share her end-of-life knowledge with over 700 participants/students and is most proud of creating a “safe & brave space” for personal stories exploring our struggles with grief and end of life care.
Olga has a diploma in Nursing with a Certificate in Multidisciplinary Palliative Care, a Master’s degree in Religion and Culture, Certificate in Cannabis Science, and Cannabis Competent Nurse. Olga continues to educate herself in the area of Thanatology, Psychology and Spirituality.
Olga also serves as an advisor on a number of International, National and local committees and boards, such as EduCanNation, a Canadian Cannabis Educators Association, and the Association for Death Educators and Counsellors (ADEC) and continues to be a member in good standing with ADEC, RNAO and EOLDAC.