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 with Centennial Collge, and in 2018 started facilitating the End of Life Doula course virtually and in-person across Canada with Douglas College.
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 and learn from 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, and is currently enrolled in the University of Ottawa Graduate micro-program in Psychedelics and Spirituality.
Olga serves and has served as an advisor/board/committee member within a number of International, National and local organizations such as EduCanNation, a Canadian Cannabis Educators Association, End of Life Doula Association of Canada and the Association for Death Education and Counselling (ADEC) and continues to be a member in good standing with ADEC, RNAO, CNO and EOLDAC.