The following individuals have accepted recognition from the Board of Directors of the BC Humanist Association for their significant contributions to Humanism and Humanist values in the province of British Columbia.
To nominate someone for an honorary membership, please contact the Board of Directors.
2 September 1918 - 28 April 1996
On December 5, 1993, on behalf of the BC Humanist Association, then president Herb Fears extended an honorary membership to Claire Culhane for her significant contributions in the area of the rights of the imprisoned and as a recorder of abuses in the criminal justice administration in her book No Longer Barred from Prison. The Association views her compassion and empathy toward all of humankind, not just the more fortunate, as admirable.
Ms. Culhane accepted the title on December 8 "with a sense of great humility." In a letter to the Association she stated:
It needs to be added only that whatever contribution I have been able to make on behalf of those less fortunate, in my view, is not a matter of virtue so much as a way of maintaining one's sanity in a world where we must never cease dissenting and never cease demanding answers from the powerful who are perpetrating the atrocities all about us.
She was named to the Order of Canada in 1995 for her lifetime efforts and volunteer work.
Lifetime member Glenn Hardie discussed the life of Claire Culhane in his discussion of Women in Humanism on September 2, 2012.
In early 2013, the Board of the BC Humanist Association extended an honoary membership to long-time Humanist Gary Bauslaugh for his work promoting Humanism, ethics, and justice. Gary was "very pleased" to accept the title on January 30, 2013.
Gary Bauslaugh is a writer and educator. He earned a PhD in Chemistry from McGill and has written for numerous publications including the Vancouver Sun, Skeptical Inquirer, and Humanist Perspectives, where he was the editor.
Gary has written extensively about the Canadian justice system, particularly in how it has dealt with assisted suicide and euthanasia. He covered the Evelyn Martens and Robert Latimer cases (see ethics-euthanasia.ca) and currently is writing about the related issue of jury independence.
He now lives in Victoria with his wife.
In January 2013, the Board of the BC Humanist Association offered an honorary membership to Dale Beyerstein, to recognize his commitment to freedom of inquiry and scientific skepticism through his work with the BC Skeptics and related organizations. Dale accepted on January 25, saying he was "honoured to be listed as an Honorary Member (if that’s not an obvious tautology)."
Dale Beyerstein was a founding member of the BC Skeptics and was an active member of the BC Humanist Association for many years.
In 1995, as a member of the BC Civil Liberties Association, he argued against creationism in the Abbotsford School District. Taking his fight to the Minister of Education, he was successful in ensuring that evolution and the curriculum would be taught in public schools.
Dale is currently a professor of philosophy at Langara College. He accepted an Honourary Membership in the BC Humanist Association in January 2013, recognizing his commitment to scientific skepticsm.