The Jack Bell Foundation was founded in 1987 to deliver its first innovative project "Dying with Dignity Advocacy" and the "Living Will". Under the direction of Jack Bell and the Board of Directors, The Foundation has worked on many public interest projects including launching Canada's first and only large-scale organized public ride-sharing fleet program that operated from 1992 - 2017 and also a ridematching carpooling website "" from 2005-2018.

Jack Bell (1913-2006)

Jack Bell

Photo: Peter Battistoni, Vancouver Sun

From humble beginnings, Jack Bell rose to become a very successful innovator and businessman in the peat moss and cranberry industries.

He is best known and loved for his philanthropic contributions to the Jack Bell Research Centre and Health Science Centre at Vancouver General Hospital, the University of British Columbia's Jack Bell School of Social Work and the The First Nations Longhouse, Friends of Schizophrenia Society, the Salvation Army, the Downtown East Side Residents Society, and the Jack Bell Foundation.

His honours include Freeman of the City of Vancouver; an Honorary Doctorate from the University of British Columbia; The Golden Jubilee Medal; The Order of British Columbia; and, The Order of Canada.

Living Will

A "Living Will" is a document intended to dictate the health treatment preferences of its author should they become mentally incapable.

However, Living Wills are not recognized in British Columbia.

Instead, BC legislation provides the individual with a "Representation Agreement" that is sometimes paired with an "Enduring Power of Attorney".

A "Representation Agreement" allows you to appoint someone to make financial, legal, health and personal care decisions for you if you can't. The Representation Agreement addresses all powers of attorney – health care, financial and property – in one document.

A representation agreement has no effect unless it is registered by the registrar in accordance with the regulations in the act. However, a proxy may exercise the authority in the agreement even before it is registered if it is necessary to protect the patient's interests.

Helpful Resources:

It’s Your Choice: Personal Planning Tools
published by the Public Guardian and Trustee of BC

Nidus Personal Planning Resource Centre and Registry
published by Nidus Personal Planning Resource Centre, charitable non-profit