Events

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

Our affiliation program is set out in our Local Groups Policy. 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.

Attendees at events are expected to adhere to our Code of Conduct.

Local groups


  • Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 09:30 AM
    Quality Foods meeting room in Courtenay, BC, Canada

    Comox Humanists AGM & Flight from reason

    With members from the Comox Valley and Campbell River, the Comox Valley Humanists meet at 9:30 am on the last Saturday of each month. Drop-ins are welcome.  If you would like to attend a meeting or find out more about the group, please email cvhumanists@gmail.com. Check current meeting schedule at cvhumanists.org

  • Sunday, November 26, 2017 at 10:00 AM
    Oakridge Seniors Centre in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Sunday Meeting: Sonia Milbradt - The new BC curriculum

    The Government of BC has recently introduced a revised curriculum for all students that moves an emphasis from content to competencies. What does this mean for teachers and science education?

    Sonia Milbradt is a high school science teacher in Burnaby. She has a MSc in Physics from Simon Fraser University and a BEd from UBC. From 2013-2015 she taught in England.

    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. Our events are independent of the Seniors' Centre and are open to people of all ages and backgrounds.

  • Sunday, December 03, 2017 at 10:00 AM
    Oakridge Seniors Centre in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Sunday Meeting: Dr Eddie Win - Myanmar and the Rohingya

    Dr Kanbawaza (Ba or Eddie) Win is a Burmese Canadian and political scientist. During his years in Burma he witnessed students shot at point-blank range during protests against the junta in 1962. He took part in the 8888 Movement and is an active supporter of democracy and federalism in Myanmar.

    Dr Win will cover the modern history of Burma leading to the current crisis facing the Rohingya people.

    All are welcome to attend. This presentation will start promptly at 10.

    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. Our events are independent of the Seniors' Centre and are open to people of all ages and backgrounds.

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

    Book Club: The Allure of Toxic Leaders by Jean Lipman-Blumen

    Why We Follow Destructive Bosses and Corrupt Politicians--and How We Can Survive Them

    Toxic leaders, both political, like Slobodan Milosevic, and corporate, like Enron's Ken Lay, have always been with us, and many books have been written to explain what makes them tick. Here leadership scholar Jean Lipman-Blumen explains what makes the followers tick, exploring why people will tolerate--and remain loyal to--leaders who are destructive to their organizations, their employees, or their nations. Why do we knowingly follow, seldom unseat, frequently prefer, and sometimes even create toxic leaders? Lipman-Blumen argues that these leaders appeal to our deepest needs, playing on our anxieties and fears, on our yearnings for security, high self-esteem, and significance, and on our desire for noble enterprises and immortality. She also explores how followers inadvertently keep themselves in line by a set of insidious control myths that they internalize. For example, the belief that the leader must necessarily be in a position to "know more" than the followers often stills their objections. In addition, outside forces--such as economic depressions, political upheavals, or a crisis in a company--can increase our anxiety and our longing for charismatic leaders. Lipman-Blumen shows how followers can learn critical lessons for the future and survive in the meantime. She discusses how to confront, reform, undermine, blow the whistle on, or oust a toxic leader. And she suggests how we can diminish our need for strong leaders, identify "reluctant leaders" among competent followers, and even nurture the leader within ourselves. Toxic leaders charm, manipulate, mistreat, weaken, and ultimately devastate their followers. The Allure of Toxic Leaders tells us how to recognize these leaders before it's too late.

    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, December 10, 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. Our events are independent of the Seniors' Centre and are open to people of all ages and backgrounds.

  • Sunday, December 17, 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. Our events are independent of the Seniors' Centre and are open to people of all ages and backgrounds.

  • Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 06:00 PM · $50.00 CAD · 14 rsvps
    Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Winter Solstice Dinner

    The BC Humanist Association's 2017 Winter Solstice Dinner will be held on December 21 at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts.

    The venue is conveniently located next to Granville Island. There are free parking stalls reserved under the building (access off 2nd Ave), otherwise the number 50 bus stops nearby and there is a Mobi station if you choose to bike.

    Come for a delicious three course dinner, mingling with friends and a silent auction in support of the BCHA's work. Drinks are extra.

    Space is limited, so buy your tickets early.

    Menu

    To be confirmed 

    Vegetarians options will be available

  • Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 09:30 AM
    Quality Foods meeting room in Courtenay, BC, Canada

    Joel Kositsky - Science and pseudoscience

    With members from the Comox Valley and Campbell River, the Comox Valley Humanists meet at 9:30 am on the last Saturday of each month. Drop-ins are welcome.  If you would like to attend a meeting or find out more about the group, please email cvhumanists@gmail.com. Check current meeting schedule at cvhumanists.org

  • Tuesday, February 06, 2018 at 07:00 PM
    Goldis' Home in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Book Club: The Atheist Muslim by Ali A Rizvi

    A Journey from Religion to Reason 

    In much of the Muslim world, religion is the central foundation upon which family, community, morality, and identity are built. The inextricable embedment of religion in Muslim culture has forced a new generation of non-believing Muslims to face the heavy costs of abandoning their parents’ religion: disowned by their families, marginalized from their communities, imprisoned, or even sentenced to death by their governments.

    Struggling to reconcile the Muslim society he was living in as a scientist and physician and the religion he was being raised in, Ali A. Rizvi eventually loses his faith. Discovering that he is not alone, he moves to North America and promises to use his new freedom of speech to represent the voices that are usually quashed before reaching the mainstream media—the Atheist Muslim.

    In The Atheist Muslim, we follow Rizvi as he finds himself caught between two narrative voices he cannot relate to: extreme Islam and anti-Muslim bigotry in a post-9/11 world. The Atheist Muslim recounts the journey that allows Rizvi to criticize Islam—as one should be able to criticize any set of ideas—without demonizing his entire people. Emotionally and intellectually compelling, his personal story outlines the challenges of modern Islam and the factors that could help lead it toward a substantive, progressive reformation.

    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.

  • Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 10:00 AM
    Greater Vancouver Food Bank Warehouse in Vancouver, BC, Canada

    Group Sorting @ Food Bank

    I volunteer at the food bank and lead groups, a whole lot of which are church groups. Unsurprisingly, I have not seen any non-religious representation. Time to step up our game!

    The tasks depend on the most urgent need at the time, but may include: - Sorting and boxing food - Checking for open packages and dents - Checking “Best Before” and “Expiry Dates” - Sorting and packing produce - Sorting baby items and packing emergency bags - Any additional tasks that need to be completed.

    Free street parking is available but is limited as there are other businesses around. Carpooling is recommended.

    Please wear clothing you don’t mind getting dirty and wear closed-toe shoes that are comfortable.

    There are light snacks and drinks provided.



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