Dec 5, 2016 Newsletter

I'm writing this week's newsletter to ask for your help.

At our latest Sunday meeting, one of our members told us about one of the new participants in her single mothers' support group. This woman is a single mother with a one year old child.

The young lady in question has just escaped an abusive relationship and has had to move into a bare apartment. She requires furnishings but she obviously can't afford it.

At the meeting we raised a bit of money to help but she's really looking for the basics to furnish her new apartment. If you have something you can spare, please email me at vicepresident@bchumanist.ca.

In Humanism


Gord Leslie
Vice-President

Solstice Dinner 2016

Thanks to everyone who came out to this year's (early) Winter Solstice Dinner. We had 37 people share dinner and company and the lovely Pacific Institute for Culinary Arts.

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And a special thanks to our silent auction donors: Shellina Velji, Carrie Chapman, The Drive Coffee Bar and Anna d'Archangelo. Because of their generosity, we raised almost $500 in the evening.

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And thanks to Glenn Hardie for these pictures of the evening.


 

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