Karen Lumley Kerr
Running for President
SEA Board history:
Vice President April 2013 – April 2014
President April 2014 – April 2018
Unfortunately, we didn’t get our goal of 20 committed SEA members signed up for marching in the parade by the deadline, however, we did get enough to man the booth for the day. So, if you volunteered to help with the booth we’ll be in touch once our application is approved with more news on shifts you can sign up for.
If you will really miss marching, the Unitarian Church has extended an invitation to march alongside with them (they have an atheist community within their congregation). Just let us know and we’ll pass on your info to them for their waiver forms.
A big thank you to our board member Mark T, for organizing our volunteer night at the food bank, and to all of you that came to help out. A two hour volunteer shift was easy and there is something for everyone, regardless of ability, to help with. Age limit for volunteering on your own is 14 years old, but one to one adult/kid ratio is allowed for kids 10 and over, so this makes it a great opportunity for family groups to get involved.
After our volunteer shift was over there was some chatter about doing this every 2 months or so as a group, so if you are interested watch for another event in the near future. In the meanwhile, you can also sign up to volunteer whenever you’d like by visiting their volunteer page.
TUESDAY, April 10, 2018 will be this year’s SEA Annual General Meeting (AGM), formally starting at 7:00 pm, Edmonton Clinic Health Academy at the U of A, Room ECHA 1-498. We will be there from 6:30pm onwards for anyone that requires a membership or needs to renew. Please note this is the SECOND Tuesday of the month, one week later than we usually meet.
Anyone interested is invited to attend; however, only paying members will be permitted to vote in the general election or on any other business.
If you are at all interested in running for the Board, please take a look at our explanation of the roles and responsibilities for each position, as well as some FAQs about joining the Board. This year all Executive positions and four Director positions will be voted on. Please bear in mind in order to run for President you have to have served on the board for at least one year (throughout the history of the group), so if you intend on running for this position in the future it is worth thinking about joining the board. In order to run for Treasurer you must have been a member in good standing for at least a year. You can email us to let us know that you’d like to run for a Board position (even if you will not be present at the meeting), ask another member to nominate you at the appropriate point during the meeting, or you may also self-nominate at the meeting.
If you would like to run for any of the board positions we also encourage you to send in your ”campaign”…including goals for the group and what skills you feel you will bring to the table. We will feature them on the website and facebook page prior to the AGM so people can make informed decisions regarding who they want to vote for.
If you would like to see 2017 BYLAWS, they can be found on the website, under “About”.
If you would like to propose changes for consideration at the AGM, they must be sent to the Board for distribution to the rest of the membership in advance of the meeting. Please try to have those into us before April 2nd, one week before the meeting.
We hope to have a large turnout as we will also be discussing the direction of the SEA, what types of events you are interested in and fundraising ideas. As per usual we will head to the pub afterwards for sustenance. See you there!
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.
UPCOMING EVENT OF INTEREST, hosted by the Centre for Constitutional Studies:
Debate: Alberta Should Have One Public School System, Not Two
For the Motion:
Former Minister of Education and Executive Director of the Public School Boards’ Association of Alberta
Against the Motion:
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.
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?
Join us on Saturday October 28th, 7pm for this special event!
University Campus, Alberta School of Business
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)
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.
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!