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Media advisory - International Event Humanist of the Year Awards, plus Ex-United Church Minister who exposed Murders at residential schools will lead Anti-Genocide Rally, Discussions on the Threat of Fundamentalism Global Sustainability, Canada Well Being Act, and more...

 The Humanist Association of Canada (HAC) Ottawa, Teams up with BC and 
 North Puget Sound Humanists June 15-18 for the 30th Annual HAC Conference held for the first time in Vancouver
 
VANCOUVER, May 24 /CNW/ - June 15-18 2006, Secular Humanists, Philosophers, Politicians and Environmentalists from coast to coast will
gather in Vancouver, BC as the Humanist Association of Canada (HAC) Ottawa,
holds its 30th Annual conference for the first time in Vancouver, hosted by
the BC Humanist Association (BCHA), in collaboration with North Puget Sound
Humanists and Victoria & Sunshine Coast Humanists. Key Highlights include the
Humanist of the Year Awards Gala Dinner. This year the prestigious award goes
to Homa Arjomand, Dir. Intl. Campaign Against Sharia Courts.
 
VENUE: At the Coast Plaza Hotel on Comox at Beautiful English Bay Beach,
Guests will enjoy a variety of presentations and workshops including topics
that will emphasize the relevance of Humanism to the many challenges that
threaten today's world. A Yacht Cruise, Dinner and interactive sessions are a
part of the fun. Keynotes will be delivered by highly respected speakers
including;
 
 - MADELINE WELD, Ph.D., President, Global Population Concerns-Ottawa, &
Toxicology Evaluator with Health Canada.
 
    - KEVIN ANNETT, Author/Educator/ Radio Host, A former ordained Minister
in the United Church of Canada. Annett organized & founded the 'Truth
Commission into Genocide in Canada'. Kevin hosts 'Hidden from History', a
public affairs and human rights program on Vancouver Cooperative Radio. Annett
will lead a Rally June-17th on the Canadian Genocide
 
 - MIKE NICKERSON, Educator/Author, 'Canada Well-Being Measurement Act'-
Private Members Motion 385, passed by The House of Commons. Also the founder
of 'The Sustainability Project', a non-profit organization dedicated to the
well-being of the next seven generations.
 
 - DR. CHRIS DI CARLO, Instructor at the University of Ontario Institute
of Technology and Wilfrid Laurier University. His most recent book (soon to be
released) is entitled: 'How to Become a Really Good Pain in the Ass: A
Practical Guide to Thinking Critically'.
 
    BACKGROUND: This event was conceived to bring humanists together to
explore and seek to improve important social, political and environmental
issues on a community, national and international scale. HAC,
http://www.humanists.ca has been the umbrella organization for numerous
humanist groups across Canada for 30 yrs. BCHA is a Registered Non-Profit,
Secular, Educational organization, active in BC teaching ethics etc. - 25 yrs.
 
    For more details & on-line Registration go to http://www.bchumanist.ca
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