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Who We Are

Together, we can do so much

At Humanist Canada, we strive to create a fair and equal society guided by critical thinking and compassion. We support the efforts of local and regional Humanist groups to advance education in scientific, academic, medical, and human rights fields. We are committed to putting Humanism into practice. Through our ceremonies, outreach, and education programs, we advance free thinking and freedom of choice throughout Canada.

We started out in 1954 as the Humanist Fellowship of Montreal and then became a national organization in 1968, led by our first president, Dr. Henry Morgentaler. For more than half a century, we have been a growing movement at the forefront of social change, involved in such social justice issues as reproductive choice, the right to die with dignity and the advancement of human rights.

In 1996, we were granted the authority to certify Humanist Officiants to perform marriage ceremonies in Ontario. Across the country, our Officiants conduct deeply meaningful ceremonies to recognize significant milestone events in people’s lives.

We are deeply committed to supporting grassroots Humanist activity, advancing Humanist education and increasing Humanist visibility through our national presence and online communications.

Humanist Canada is the operating name of the Humanist Association of Canada. We are a registered charitable organization.

Board of Directors

Martin Frith

Martin Frith

President

Martin has been a member of Humanist Canada since 1986 and an Officiant since 2002. He has long-been an advocate for civic and social engagement and believes that connecting with others, on the local, national and international level, is essential. His goal is to see Humanist Canada grow in membership and national influence and continue to be agents of change representing the ideals of reason, science, humanism and progress. He lives in Toronto, has a private practice in relationship counselling, grief and bereavement and is an active recreational athlete.

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Lloyd Hawkeye Robertson

Lloyd Hawkeye Robertson

Vice-President

Lloyd is a long-time member of Humanist Canada and a board member since 2014. He believes the organization plays an important role in the protection of secular and rational traditions. He has a private practice as a psychologist, is the Lead Psychologist with the Collaborative Centre for Justice and Safety at the University of Regina and has a history of being active in human rights and aboriginal organizations. He has published numerous articles in academic journals and in Humanist Perspectives. He has also advocated for individuals whose rights have been violated. He lives in Regina.

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Ruth Henrich

Ruth Henrich

Treasurer

Ruth first joined Humanist Canada over 10 years ago and has been a practicing Officiant since 2010. She has had several careers, including executive secretary, property manager and Bed and Breakfast owner and operator. As treasurer of Humanist Canada, she manages the financial procedures and policies and ensures full accountability for every dollar raised and spent. It is her goal to see Humanist Canada become a licensing body for Humanist ceremonies throughout Canada. She lives on Bruce Peninsula, Ontario.

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Michel Virard

Michel Virard

Secretary

Michel joined Humanist Canada in 2014 to directly link Association humaniste du Québec, the purely francophone organization he co-founded in 2005, with Humanist Canada. He envisions a Canada where interactions with local Humanist groups reach a higher level while the organization’s pertinence on the federal and international scene continues to expand. He spent his entire career as an electronic and computer science engineer and enjoys making video biographies of interesting individuals.

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Kathleen Johnson

Kathleen Johnson

Member

Kathleen is a proud mother of five children and was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. Her father was the first person of colour on the Calgary Police force, and her mother co-founded the Calgary Chapter of Congress of Black Women.  Kathleen holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Cultural Anthropology from Carleton University in Ottawa. As a life-long learner, she received a Paralegal Diploma from the Canadian Business College in Toronto. Her artistic pursuits led to many years working in Film and Television in Toronto until relocating back to Calgary in 2019.  Kathleen is currently on the board of Secular Humanists of Calgary and recently founded Black Nonbelievers of Canada. Once religious, Humanism is now a central focus and goal to promote in Alberta and Canada.

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Mike Miller

Mike Miller

Member

Mike lives in Surrey, BC and is committed to improving human rights. He has been a member of Amnesty International for ten years and the BC Humanists for the last five years. In 2019, Mike founded the Free Thought Humanists in Vancouver. Mike believes that individuals should not accept ideas proposed as truth without recourse to knowledge and reason. He strives to build his opinions based on facts, scientific inquiry, and logical principles, independent of logical fallacies or the intellectually limiting effects of authority, confirmation bias, cognitive bias, conventional wisdom, popular culture, prejudice, sectarianism, tradition, urban legend, and all other dogmas. Recently retired, Mike worked as a regional vice president for a distribution company. He is married to Gail Miller, who he met 42 years ago; they have two children who are successful adults.  Mike is an avid chess and bridge player. He enjoys reading the Economist due to its liberal world perspective and focuses on science and reason. Living in beautiful BC, he enjoys hiking regularly.

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Ric Glowienka

Ric Glowienka

Member

Ric joined Humanist Canada in 2016, became a Humanist Officiant in 2017 and joined the Humanist Canada board in 2019. The son of refugees, Ric came to Canada in 1957. A fascination with computing, Ric has spent 40 years working with organizations around the world, implementing leading-edge systems that prepare them for the information age we live in today. Ric has assisted companies such as Ford, Intel, and NASA and cities like New York, Boston, and Baltimore in leveraging technology to improve their efficiencies and meet evolving customer needs. Ric is a believer in life-long learning. His goal is to refocus Humanist Canada’s message and mission so more Canadian Humanists following their values will be compelled to join the organization. He lives in Ottawa and enjoys travel, music, art and architecture, and cycling the bike paths of the nation’s capital.

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Sassan Sanei

Sassan Sanei

Member

Sassan has been a Humanist ever since learning at young age that an egalitarian society must, by its very nature, be both secular and inclusive. He joined Humanist Canada in 2014 and performs bilingual Humanist ceremonies as an Officiant in southern Ontario. He takes an active role on social media and wedding forums to spread awareness of Humanism, the importance of ceremonies in our lives, and the freedom in Ontario to be married by an Officiant of your choice. His goal is to help every Canadian live their life freely and in accordance with their own values and belief without being compelled to participate in religious rituals or being restricted in their freedom by religious institutions to which they don’t even belong. An electrical engineer, Sassan is also the father of two children, a lifelong student of language and literature and an accomplished photographer.

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Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Scott Jacobsen

Member

Scott joined the Humanist Canada board in 2018 and was a member of the youth essay contest committee. An undergraduate student at Athabasca University, he is also the Editor-in-Chief of In-Sight Publishing, a publication he founded, and the Vice-President of Young Humanist International (YHI). He is an advocate for Humanist values and in his spare time plays piano, sings in a university choir and hosts weekly human rights calls for a multimedia publication.

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Sonia Mallet

Sonia Mallet

Member

Sonia joined Humanist Canada in 2016. An Acadian, Sonia, noticed how Anglophones and Francophones interpret the world differently, which extends to their approach and perspective of humanism. After working as a Translator for 25 years in various organizations, from a hospital to a newspaper and translation company, she went back to school in 2018. Sonia completed the Mental Health Recovery and Promotion program at the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC). She would like to specialize in mental health and end-of-life issues, including increasing secular options for funerals, memorials and celebrations of life. She has lived, worked and volunteered all over New Brunswick, where she’s from, and in Ottawa, Ontario and Nova Scotia (Antigonish and Yarmouth). Sonia is hoping to leverage her knowledge of the unique realities and issues faced by the Maritimes and rural Canada to inform new and existing programs and initiatives offered through Humanist Canada and increase membership in the Maritimes. She would also love to put to good use her grant proposal writing training she received at NSCC and her extensive research and communication experience for the benefit of Humanist Canada. Volunteering and being an advocate for reason, evidence-based treatments and humanist/secular values are essential parts of…

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