Events

British Columbia is one of Canada's least religious provinces and the BC Humanist Association is committed to building the Humanist community in cities and towns across the province. Together with our local affiliate communities, we host regular meetings across BC.

Groups who affiliate with us receive support to help connect with Humanists and atheists in their area and become part of a network of non-religious people across the province. Email us to find out more about affiliation.

Find out about other freethought groups and podcasts across BC, Canada and internationally.

  • Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 10:00 AM
    Oakridge Seniors Centre in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Sunday Meeting: John Nightingale - Vancouver Aquarium

    Aurora

    Dr John Nightingale is President and CEO of the Vancouver Aquarium.

    In March the Vancouver Park Board voted to end the display of cetaceans at the Vancouver  Aquarium. We'll hear from Dr Nightingale about why the Aquarium has whales and dolphins in captivity, its research programs and what this change could mean for the future.

    All are welcome to attend. Join us at 10 am for BYO coffee, tea, and socializing. At 10:30 am we start our presentation and discuss topics of interest to our members.

    The BC Humanist Association was formed in 1984 and we have a regular attendance of over 30 people at our Sunday meetings.

    Click here for more details on how to find the Centre.

  • Tuesday, May 02, 2017 at 07:00 PM
    Goldis' Home in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Book Club: It can’t happen here by Sinclair Lewis

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    "The novel that foreshadowed Donald Trump’s authoritarian appeal."—Salon

    It Can’t Happen Here
     is the only one of Sinclair Lewis’s later novels to match the power of Main Street, Babbitt, and Arrowsmith. A cautionary tale about the fragility of democracy, it is an alarming, eerily timeless look at how fascism could take hold in America. Written during the Great Depression, when the country was largely oblivious to Hitler’s aggression, it juxtaposes sharp political satire with the chillingly realistic rise of a president who becomes a dictator to save the nation from welfare cheats, sex, crime, and a liberal press. Called “a message to thinking Americans” by the Springfield Republican when it was published in 1935, It Can’t Happen Here is a shockingly prescient novel that remains as fresh and contemporary as today’s news.

    Find on Amazon.

    Unless otherwise noted, the BC Humanist book club will be held on the first Tuesday of every month at a members home.

    Please suggest books for upcoming months and invite anyone who may be interested.

    Most books are available at the Vancouver Public Library or local book stores or through the BC Humanist Association.

  • Sunday, May 07, 2017 at 10:00 AM
    Oakridge Seniors Centre in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Annual General Meeting - 2017

    You must be a member to vote at the AGM - check or renew your membership now.

    Our 2017 Annual General Meeting will be held on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 10:30 AM at the Oakridge Seniors' Centre in Vancouver. Doors open at 10:00 AM for coffee and muffins courtesy of our Board of Directors.

    2016 was a big year for the BC Humanist Association. In the past year, we've:

    • completed our sponsorship application for a Syrian refugee family;
    • ended Bible distribution in two more school districts;
    • presented to governments on assisted dying, secular addictions recovery programs and charity law;
    • helped launch a Humanist community in Nanaimo; and
    • started planning for how the organization should use our recent $100,000 bequest.

    Draft Constitution and Bylaws

    The Government of BC has introduced a new Societies Act. This means that we need to update our constitution and bylaws to remain compliant. Our board has been hard at work on drafting these new documents to present for approval at the AGM. We need 75% of the votes passed in attendance to approve these new documents.

    Please review these documents in advance and highlight any concerns or questions to us by email. There will not be time to consider these in a line-by-line fashion at the meeting.

    Under the new Societies Act we must transition our governing documents by November 28, 2018.

    Draft Constitution

    Draft Bylaws

    Read our blog outlining the major changes being proposed.

    More about the Societies Act transition.

    Board of Directors Elections

    At our AGM, we will elect a new Board of Directors. The Board consists of 5-8 Directors, who are elected for two-year terms. The Board meets every two months to oversee the governance of the Association and to set strategy.

    If you'd like to run for the board, or just to know more, please let us know.

    Under the new Societies Act, and our proposed bylaws, to be eligible for election you must:

    • be at least 18 years old;
    • be a member of the BCHA for 6 months prior to the election (ie since Nov 7, 2016);
    • not found by any court to be incapable of managing your own affairs;
    • not be an undischarged bankrupt; and
    • not been convicted of an offence in connection with the promotion, formation, or management of a corporation or unincorporated entity, or of an offence involved fraud, unless the court orders otherwise, five years have elapsed since any fine, imprisonment or probation, or a pardon was granted.

    Our proposed bylaws do permit one person aged 16 or 17 to be elected as a youth representative.

    If you are unsure of when you became a member, email us.

    As candidates put their names forward, their profiles will be published here.

    Candidates Statements

    J B Bell

    I’m a past President of BCHA, with experience on several non-profit and co-op boards advocating for voices that often go unheard. I have a B.A. in Justice Studies from Royal Roads University.

    If elected, I plan to engage BCHA with the broader community by advocating for Humanist values; increasing the reach of our message; and broadening the kinds of people we include.

    This means continuing our successful fight against the historical influence of religion in school, and opposing new encroachments that would advantage one religion over another or against non-religious views.

    This means finding new wellsprings of freethought outside academic circles, fostering reason and inquiry in schools and listening to communities we may not have in the past.

    This means welcoming, not merely tolerating, new members who are outside our predominantly white, middle-class, straight and otherwise normative population. We can have a place of sharp debate and inquiry without calling into question the very right to exist of LGBT people, immigrants, people of colour, and people with fewer economic privileges.

    We are on the edge of a major societal shift, which I believe is make-or-break for the future hopes of an expansive, magnanimous movement to secure the well-being of all.

    Helio Da Costa

    Even though I have been in Canada for 43 years, I am originally from Brazil, therefore being born  under a humanist motto, since the Brazilian flag contains the dictum “Order and Progress” from the Positivism of August Comte, who can be considered a precursor of Humanism. My personal journey into Humanism reflects in general lines the positivistic evolution from the theological to the metaphysical and finally positive or scientific stage.

    I am a staunch supporter of secularism and specially interested in this topic.

    From the point of view of experience in being a member of organisational Boards, for eight years I was a Trustee of the North Vancouver District Public Library as well as a member of InterLINK, a federation of eighteen autonomous public libraries in B.C. Moreover, I have been presiding officer and held other offices in fraternal organisations.

    Academically, I received a B.A. (Magna cum Laude) and a M.L.S. (First Class). Having lived in different countries and knowledgeable in several languages, I am able to do research using many different sources.

    Contributing to Humanism and helping ridding society from the shackles of superstition is my goal.

    Other candidates

    The following people have also expressed their interest in standing for the Board:

    • Donna Barker
    • Colin Crabbe (standing for re-election)
    • Nigel Fish
    • Gail Miller

    Dan Hanna and Ana D'Archangelo were elected in 2016 and are next up for re-election in 2018.

    Regular business

    As with all AGMs, we will also hear reports from our current board and from our Executive Director.

    Click here to see the draft AGM agenda

    A copy of our current constitution and bylaws and the minutes of our past AGMs can be found on our website.

    Your membership must be current to be eligible to vote and to stand for the board.

    Check if you're currently a member of the BC Humanist Association

    Click here for more details on how to find the Centre.

  • Sunday, May 14, 2017 at 10:00 AM
    Oakridge Seniors Centre in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Sunday Meeting: Gurpreet Singh

    Details to be confirmed.

    All are welcome to attend. Join us at 10 am for BYO coffee, tea, and socializing. At 10:30 am we start our presentation and discuss topics of interest to our members.

    The BC Humanist Association was formed in 1984 and we have a regular attendance of over 30 people at our Sunday meetings.

    Click here for more details on how to find the Centre.

  • Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 10:00 AM
    Oakridge Seniors Centre in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Sunday Meeting

    Details to be confirmed.

    All are welcome to attend. Join us at 10 am for BYO coffee, tea, and socializing. At 10:30 am we start our presentation and discuss topics of interest to our members.

    The BC Humanist Association was formed in 1984 and we have a regular attendance of over 30 people at our Sunday meetings.

    Click here for more details on how to find the Centre.

  • Sunday, May 28, 2017 at 10:00 AM
    Oakridge Seniors Centre in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Sunday Meeting

    Details to be confirmed.

    All are welcome to attend. Join us at 10 am for BYO coffee, tea, and socializing. At 10:30 am we start our presentation and discuss topics of interest to our members.

    The BC Humanist Association was formed in 1984 and we have a regular attendance of over 30 people at our Sunday meetings.

    Click here for more details on how to find the Centre.

  • Tuesday, June 06, 2017 at 07:00 PM
    Goldis' Home in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Book Club: 50 Popular beliefs people think are true by Guy Harrison

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    Maybe you know someone who swears by the reliability of psychics or who is in regular contact with angels. Or perhaps you're trying to find a nice way of dissuading someone from wasting money on a homeopathy cure. Or you met someone at a party who insisted the Holocaust never happened or that no one ever walked on the moon. How do you find a gently persuasive way of steering people away from unfounded beliefs, bogus cures, conspiracy theories, and the like? 

    This down-to-earth, entertaining exploration of commonly held extraordinary claims will help you set the record straight. The author, a veteran journalist, has not only surveyed a vast body of literature, but has also interviewed leading scientists, explored "the most haunted house in America," frolicked in the inviting waters of the Bermuda Triangle, and even talked to a "contrite Roswell alien." He is not out simply to debunk unfounded beliefs. Wherever possible, he presents alternative scientific explanations, which in most cases are even more fascinating than the wildest speculation. 

    For example, stories about UFOs and alien abductions lack good evidence, but science gives us plenty of reasons to keep exploring outer space for evidence that life exists elsewhere in the vast universe. The proof for Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster may be nonexistent, but scientists are regularly discovering new species, some of which are truly stranger than fiction.

    Stressing the excitement of scientific discovery and the legitimate mysteries and wonder inherent in reality, this book invites readers to share the joys of rational thinking and the skeptical approach to evaluating our extraordinary world.

    Find it on Amazon.

    Unless otherwise noted, the BC Humanist book club will be held on the first Tuesday of every month at a members home.

    Please suggest books for upcoming months and invite anyone who may be interested.

    Most books are available at the Vancouver Public Library or local book stores or through the BC Humanist Association.

  • Tuesday, July 04, 2017 at 07:00 PM
    Goldis' Home in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Book Club

     

     

    Unless otherwise noted, the BC Humanist book club will be held on the first Tuesday of every month at a members home.

    Please suggest books for upcoming months and invite anyone who may be interested.

    Most books are available at the Vancouver Public Library or local book stores or through the BC Humanist Association.

  • Tuesday, August 01, 2017 at 07:00 PM
    Goldis' Home in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Book Club

     

     

    Unless otherwise noted, the BC Humanist book club will be held on the first Tuesday of every month at a members home.

    Please suggest books for upcoming months and invite anyone who may be interested.

    Most books are available at the Vancouver Public Library or local book stores or through the BC Humanist Association.

  • Tuesday, September 05, 2017 at 07:00 PM
    Goldis' Home in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Book Club

     

     

    Unless otherwise noted, the BC Humanist book club will be held on the first Tuesday of every month at a members home.

    Please suggest books for upcoming months and invite anyone who may be interested.

    Most books are available at the Vancouver Public Library or local book stores or through the BC Humanist Association.



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