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 www.redcross.ca/bchumanist and give a little bit to help those who were forced to leave everything behind.
Ian Bushfield, Executive Director
Officiants and Aron Ra
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.
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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