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 her life. In her spare time, Sonia loves to dance hoop, create new recipes and maintain the delicate balance of educating others about the dangers of pseudoscience and keeping her friends. She currently lives in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.