Attracting new members

Please answer the following questions.
As a member/former member or prospective member of the QSHA, I would come to meetings if…………………….

If you have stopped attending, what would bring you back?…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Mail answers to Eric, our President  Email

Our new officers elected at the last AGM are:

Eric Thomas, President

Doug Strong, Vice President

Luba Young, Treasurer

Joanne Burns, Secretary.

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The Annual General Meeting onf the Quinte Secular Humanists will be held on Sunday September 25th at Room P 22, Loyalist College, Old Pioneer building. Wallbridge-Loyalist Road, Belleville at 1.30 p.m.

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Next monthly meeting is at Loyalist College Sunday June 26th

On the challenge of inclusiveness.
How to deal with a changing future because escalating feelings about a difference of opinion often does not provide positive result.
Place: Loyalist College, Pioneer Building Room P10.
Time: 1.30 p.m Sunday 26th June
“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”
S.G. Tallentyre, The Friends of Voltaire
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“Bad science: Myth and Methodology”


This is the topic of the next QSHA meeting to be held at Room P10, Loyalist College, Admin building, Wallbridge Loyalist Rd, Belleville.  Sunday 22nd May at 1.30 p.m.- 3.30 p.m. Free coffee and cookies.

Bad science

Talk and discussion led by Clare Sabin

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Open House. Everyone welcome!

We are hosting an open house with free coffee and cookies at the Belleville Public Library, 2nd floor meeting room.

Saturday April 23rd. 1.00 p.m till 4.30 p.m.

Members of the QSHA will be present to answer questions from the general public on what Humanism means, and what we stand for.  There will be a display and brochures etc.


Looking forward to meeting everyone!


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Are there limits to our accommodation for freedom of religion?

This will be discussed at the next meeting, especially with regard to the controversial news about the rights to wear a niqab (eyes only showing) in the citizenship swearing-in ceremony.

This was also discussed in a an episode of Steve Paiken Agenda on TVO about a month ago. “The limits of accommodationism”

The meeting will be at Loyalist College Admin Building, Room P22. 1.30 p.m on Sunday 26th April 2015. See you there. All welcome -Muslims included. Free coffee and sometimes cookies as well.

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Canada still has a blasphemy law

The IHEU (International Humanist & Ethical Union) of which Humanist-Canada is a voting member, will begin its worldwide campaign against blasphemy laws tomorrow morning. Yes, of course, we are part of it. Ireland, Canada and New-Zealand will have, sooner or later, to come clean on this subject. Western blasphemy laws are currently been used by theocracies to justify the unjustifiable such as the torture and/or execution of people for what they think and say.

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During the discussion at the last QSHA Annual General Meeting, the topic of chaplaincy was brought up. Age Smies had apparently also discussed this at the Humanist Canada meeting.
It is understood that people who are seriously ill or dying in hospital have access to priests, pastors or imams if they are religious, but what if they are not? Who is there to comfort them and hold their hand if there are no relatives or they live too far away? We could possibly provide a secular “chaplain” to fill this role.

We will need to contact the hospital auxilliary to find out what is required in a “Chaplain”. If some of our members are also officiants for deaths, births and marriages, could they not also be chaplains? Perhaps at least a one day training session with a certificate to indicate passing the course, would be a good plan. Some counselling skills would be required. Helping someone come to terms with death without the possibility of an afterlife could be one of the services provided, but just being a friend and someone to talk to might be all that is necessary.

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Justin Trottier speaks at Dagmar Gontard’s memorial

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Dagmar Gontard-Zelinkova’s memorial was held at the Art Gallery of Bancroft on October 19th 2014. Our president, Eric Thomas (Seen from the rear) was invited to speak on behalf of the Quinte Secular Humanist Association and Justin Trottier gave a presentation on behalf of the Canadian Secular Alliance in which he showed a video of Dagmar where he interviewed her in relation to her work in trying to prevent Christian prayers being held at council meetings in Ontario.

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Dagmar died August 12th 2014


Dagmar Gontard-Zelinkova died at her residence on Baptiste Lake, on August 12, 2014.


Having lived in various countries on three continents, Dagmar considered herself a citizen of the world. Locally, she was involved with Baptiste Lake Association and Art Gallery of Bancroft. Dagmar was a freethinker and involved with various free-thought associations in Canada and abroad.  She was also a passionate and active humanist and secularist. Daughter of a physician and wife of a physician, she was interested in bioethics. Upon her arrival to Toronto in the eighties, she discovered a recently founded association, Dying With Dignity (DWD), and quickly became a member and eventually served for a few years on its board. Dagmar’s last public event, which was organized in Bancroft on October 26th, 2013, was about DWD. Memorial donations to DWD, FAREWELL FOUNDATION or Humanist Association of Canada would be gratefully appreciated.


Igor and Alexis BALLEZ, sons

She was an active member of the QHSA and will be greatly missed.

Memorial and slides of her life in Africa will be held at Bancroft Art Gallery in Bancroft, Ontario at 1 p.m. 19th October.

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