Karen

Feb 082018
 

Show Your Support for Pride!

As a group we march each year to show our support for LGBT+ community!
This year the Pride Parade is on June 9th, and parade participants usually have to arrive around 11am.

Unfortunately,  last year we had a poor showing for marchers and volunteer booth workers. We have come to the decision that if we don’t have enough commitment for 2018 we won’t be able to participate in both.

In order to apply to march in the Pride Parade we need a minimum of 20 committed SEA members plus one person willing to be a Pride Marshall (which will require a separate training event to attend).

In order to apply for a booth at Pride we need a minimum of 10 committed SEA members as volunteers for the day and we need at least 2 people willing to work the booth WHILE the parade is happening if we want to do both.   Generally the booth opens at 9am and runs until the festivities end at 7pm.

Please contact us via email or through facebook messenger to show your support and commit yourself to helping SEA have a strong presence at Pride this year.

Deadline for your reply is February 22nd

 

 Posted by at 12:42 PM
Feb 052018
 

UPCOMING EVENT OF INTEREST, hosted by the Centre for Constitutional Studies:
Debate:  Alberta Should Have One Public School System, Not Two

chicago-public-schools-lead.jpgFor the Motion: 
David King 
F
ormer Minister of Education and Executive Director of the Public School Boards’ Association of Alberta

Against the Motion:
JK Donlevy 
Professor, University of Calgary Werklund School of Education 

 

 

Thursday, February 8, 2018 
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
TELUS Centre – Auditorium (Rm 150)
University of Alberta (87 Ave & 111 St)

 


Join us for a spirited debate on whether Alberta should change its dual school system of public and separate schools to one public school system. What are the constitutional considerations?

This event is free and open to the public.

Register Here (to help us estimate attendance) 

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 Posted by at 11:15 AM
Nov 232017
 

Join the SEA in supporting OURIDEA.CA’s upcoming event.


Why do a Former Education Minister, Parent advocate, and former Catholic School Trustee believe it is time for a referendum on separate Catholic schools? Join Former Education Minister David King, Former Catholic School Trustee Patricia Grell and Public Education Advocate Luke Fevin for an evening of discussion and debate around the question:

What is the future of Catholic School Boards in Alberta? Continue reading »

 Posted by at 9:52 PM
Oct 242017
 

Join us on Saturday October 28th, 7pm for this special event!
University Campus, Alberta School of Business
Room 1-6

Dr Elliot Hanowski works at the University of Manitoba Libraries, and will be coming to talk to us about the History of Activist Atheism and Humanism in Canada. He is one of the founding members of the International Society for Historians of Atheism, Secularism and Humanism (ISHASH) which brings together historians worldwide who are contributing to this growing field. He is also an editor with the journal Secularism and Nonreligion.

Free event, although ticket-by-donation would be appreciated (suggested: $5 students and SEA Members, $10 everyone else)

 

 Posted by at 9:40 AM
Sep 082017
 

The Society of Edmonton Atheists has submitted a letter of support to review and amend the current Bill C-14 legislation on your behalf.  We would urge anyone that feels strongly that advanced directives, severe mental illness, or mature minors who would fulfill the requirements for MAID if they were older, should be included under this legislation, to also submit personal stories of support.

From the Dying With Dignity website:

Dying With Dignity Canada has called for the CCA to consult Canadians directly about how the current assisted dying framework affects their right to choice. Unfortunately, the CCA has opted only to consult “groups and organizations affected by, or involved in MAID.” Submissions may only be 1,000 words long, which is not enough space to detail how the federal assisted dying rules unfairly discriminate against particular groups of suffering Canadians.

However, there is no limit on the amount of “evidence” (such as academic research, historical documents, traditional knowledge and court decisions) that can be included as attachments. This got us thinking: Don’t the personal stories of our supporters count as evidence? Of course they do. In fact, the experiences of individuals who have cared for someone who was denied choice, or who fear they may be denied their right to choice themselves, should be at the heart of any major policy discussion about the future of assisted dying in Canada.

Voice Your Choice by Sept. 15!   Submit it by email to consultation@dyingwithdignity.ca.

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 Posted by at 8:57 AM
Sep 072017
 

It’s back to school time and we cleared out all my kids closets to find a few bags worth of clothes they have outgrown.  I’m offering to collect that old shirt that you have meaning to donate or that pair of jeans that don’t fit anymore and you want to give away on Sunday night at our Coffee Night event.  Coffee Night is usually the 2nd Sunday of the month, at the Second Cup at Oliver Square from 7pm – 9pmish (sometimes 10pm).  Come when you can, you don’t have to be there right at 7pm.

Where will you be donating the clothing?
I’ll be taking our donations to Big Sisters and Big Brothers of Edmonton


So, why Big Sisters/Big Brothers? 
This non-profit has always been a favourite of mine, their mentoring program really can change the lives of the youth involved.   At 16 years old I called to volunteer, to be told I had to wait until I was older. Literally, on my 18th birthday, I called back and went through all their mentor training, and was matched up with a lovely young girl who shared interests in singing and acting with me.  We were matched up for 7 years until she finally became too old to be a ”little” anymore.   To this day we are still friends and in 2010 I attended her wedding!

Does it have to be kids clothes?
Nope, I believe they use what they require for lower-income families in their own organization, but the rest is sold to thrift stores at a set price per weight, so all sizes of clothing are fine.  You can even donate items in good condition like shoes, drapes, linen, toys, books and games!

 Posted by at 10:54 AM
Sep 042017
 

Hey gang!

Tonight we have our regular round table event, and the room has just been confirmed as room 1-125.

We’ll be taking a special donation towards the kickstarter for Not My Father’s Child, which only has a few days left of fundraising.   If you can’t make it to our event,  feel free to click the link and donate.
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1317569247/not-my-fathers-child

See you tonight (Tuesday) at 7pm!

 Posted by at 10:42 PM
Jul 192017
 

Unfortunately, life has kept me ridiculously busy for the past month (kids home from school, family moving, renovations etc) and preparations for tonight’s counter-apolgetics aren’t up to scratch.  I’ve been trying to catch up today but time has run away with me and I don’t feel it would be worth anyone’s time to come for the small amount I’ve managed to get prepared.

Tonight’s meeting is going to be postponed until after the summer, apologies to those of you who have to change plans.

I know that the Greater Edmonton Skeptics Society have a pub night this evening, perhaps drop by to say hello to them. You have to be part of their facebook group to see the event.   https://www.facebook.com/events/132242654031660/

 Posted by at 2:48 PM
Jun 222017
 

Sadly, a founding member of the SEA (member 001!), our friend, Michael Vester passed away on Sunday, June 18th. Michael was instrumental in starting the group, getting it incorporated as a non-profit, was the very first SEA President, and was the driving force behind our first few years marching and having a booth at the Edmonton Pride Parade.   In 2010 he was voted in as the first lifetime member due to this involvement in creating the group and he was always a strong supporter of the group both financially and with his time.

If you were new to the group, when you met Michael you were sure to hear the story of how he was raised an atheist but was taken to Sunday School as a child (the nuns ensured he was thoroughly turned away from religion) and that he was a ”third generation atheist”.

Continue reading »

 Posted by at 4:33 PM