May 9, 2016 Newsletter

A number of years ago, I was fortunate enough to have a job that took me to Fort McMurray for a week to teach science workshops at local schools.

What struck me about the town was the incredible contrast between the wild beauty of the surrounding boreal forest and the massive tailings ponds of the oil sands only a short drive north.

So when I watched the scenes over this past week of tens of thousands of people forced to flee their homes in the face of this fire, my heart sank.

This is why I'm proud to announce that the BCHA has launched a fundraising initiative to do our small part for the people of Fort McMurray and neighbouring communities. We've secured a pledge to match up to $5000 in donations to the Canadian Red Cross for relief efforts - all of which will be matched by the Government of Canada.

So please visit and give a little bit to help those who were forced to leave everything behind.

In freethought

Ian Bushfield, Executive Director

Officiants and Aron Ra

Autumn Reinhardt-Simpson leads Humanist Officiant Training

On Saturday, six Humanists attended our first Officiant training seminar. We're hoping these initial trainees will soon be fanning out across the province to provide meaningful secular ceremonies. If this pilot is successful, we'll look to organize another seminar in the fall or next spring.

Aron Ra in Vancouver

Thirty humanists, skeptics and atheists also welcomed Aron Ra to town on Saturday evening. He also took a bit of time out of his tour to appear on the Left At The Valley podcast.

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Upcoming Events

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Adopt-a-Clinic Blood Drive

Sat, May 14, 2016 at 11 AM
Oak Street Clinic, Vancouver

Put your Humanist values in action by giving blood! Spaces have been booked.

Pat O'Brien & Jonathan Chan - Meeting of the Minds

Sun, May 15, 2016 at 10 AM
Oakridge Seniors Centre, Vancouver

An atheist and a Christian host a panel where issues of the day are explored from radically different worldviews.

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Dr Ahmed Hussein - Dual fluid nuclear fission reactor design

Sun, May 22, 2016 at 10 AM
Oakridge Seniors' Centre, Vancouver

A continuation of a talk on how a new nuclear reactor design can be more economical and safer compared to current technology.

Interfaith Friendship Picnic

Sat, May 28, 2016 at 11:30 AM
Hawthorne Park, Surrey

Join diverse members of the community for interfaith dialogue, cooperation and healing. There will family activities and space to hang out.

See all upcoming events.

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