Executive Director - Ian Bushfield
Ian Bushfield has been involved in the BC Humanist Association since 2009 and aside for two years in the UK he has been the Executive Director since 2012. He has a background in physics and non-profit management and grew up in Alberta. In 2017 he joined the BC Civil Liberties Association's Board of Directors.
Board of Directors
The 2019-20 Board consists of:
J B Bell, President
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 BA in Justice Studies from Royal Roads University.
At present I'm a Psychology Major at SFU after having been a chef and kitchen manager for many years. Raised in four provinces and the Yukon, and in Evangelical churches, I became an atheist at the first opportunity. Over the years I've volunteered and more recently advocated for SOGI support in the municipal school trustee and Council elections. Discovering the Humanists gave me a opportunity to engage in social justice causes and to advocate for those who have been marginalised while allowing me to flourish as an individual in a welcoming environment. As a Board member, I look forward to helping others have a similar experience of affirmation and purpose.
Colin Crabbe, Treasurer
Nigel Fish, Vice-President
Dan Hanna, Secretary
I was born and raised mostly in the Vancouver Eastside, until I joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1971. I have lived in various places from Ottawa, Inuvik, Masset, Alert NWT, and then Toronto. After getting my BAA in Admin & Information Management, my partner and I moved back to Vancouver in 1997. We worked for the Federal Public Service until we retired in May 2015.
About five years ago I realized I was an agnostic in terms of what I know, an atheist in relation to supernatural forces, and a humanist in how I approach living my life in this world. I am very interested in understanding this world we live in, especially the people. This has led me to learn about the many diverse religions and philosophies that so many people orient their lives around. I believe “understanding,” not agreement is essential to improving this world.
Life is also about having fun. I enjoy learning to play my guitar (I’m a work in progress for sure), cooking and baking (aloo gobi to rustic no-kneed bread), reading all sorts of books, and contributing to worthy causes (like the BC Humanist Association – YEAH!).
I’m a professor in the Department of Zoology at the University of British Columbia, where I research and teach in animal physiology and biochemistry. As someone who was raised in a very religious community in small town Ontario, discovering Atheism was an important first step for my eventual path towards becoming a biology professor. I have lived on both coasts in Canada, and after a few years as a faculty member in the US, am very glad to be back in British Columbia. I have extensive experience working with several scientific societies, and am looking forward to bringing that experience to the BCHA.
I live in lovely Nelson, BC and earn my living through consulting with non-profit and government organizations - mostly in strategic planning, community consultations and board development. I’ve spent time in grassroots and board member roles for decades - working for things I believe in, mostly related to human rights and social justice. Much of this has been through Amnesty International. I also worked for many years for the International and Canadian Red Cross. I visit my grown children when I can, read voraciously, walk every day, enjoy eating (maybe too much) and paddle my canoe when Kootenay Lake is calm and I can find the time.