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Dara Parker: Executive Director, Qmunity (Part One)

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Abstract

Interview with Dara Parker. Executive director of Qmunity and co-president of the board (Vancouver) for the United Nations Association of Canada. She discusses: family geography, culture, and language; academic qualifications; skills and knowledge from volunteering;  previous work experience for present position; earning executive director position of Qmunity, media appearances in video and writing, and responsibilities of this public representation; definition and sub-populations contained within the umbrella term “queer”; queer sub-population numbers; import for unified services of Qmunity; most important provision of Qmunity to the queer community; importance of inclusive provisions by Qmunity; Reconciling Injustices in a Pluralistic Canada at Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue quote with international, national, and provincial context and possible futures; and ways to become involved with Qmunity or the queer community in general.

Keywords: binary, bisexual, British Columbia, Canada, Dara Parker, executive director, gender identity, non-profit, Qmunity, queer, sexual orientation, trans, United Nations, Vancouver.

Common Reference Style Listing

*No Access Dates.*

American Medical Association (AMA): Dara P. and Jacobsen S. Dara Parker: Executive Director, Qmunity (Part One). In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal [Online]. September 2015; 9(A). Available from: http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/09/01/dara-parker-executive-director-qmunity-british-columbias-p-part-one/.

American Psychological Association (APA, 6th Edition, 2010): Parker, D. & Jacobsen, S.D. (2015, September 1). Dara Parker: Executive Director, Qmunity (Part One)Retrieved from http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/09/01/dara-parker-executive-director-qmunity-british-columbias-p-part-one/.

Brazilian National Standards (ABNT): PARKER, D. & JACOBSEN, S. Dara Parker: Executive Director, Qmunity (Part One). In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal. 9.A, September. 2015. <http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/09/01/dara-parker-executive-director-qmunity-british-columbias-p-part-one/>.

Chicago/Turabian, Author-Date (16th Edition): Parker, Dara & Jacobsen, Scott. 2015. “Dara Parker: Executive Director, Qmunity (Part One).” In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal. 9.A. http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/09/01/dara-parker-executive-director-qmunity-british-columbias-p-part-one/.

Chicago/Turabian, Humanities (16th Edition): Parker, Dara & Jacobsen, Scott Dara Parker: Executive Director, Qmunity (Part One).” In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal. 9.A (September 2015). http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/09/01/dara-parker-executive-director-qmunity-british-columbias-p-part-one/.

Harvard: Parker, D. & Jacobsen, S. 2015, ‘Dara Parker: Executive Director, Qmunity (Part One)’, In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal, vol. 9.A. Available from: <http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/09/01/dara-parker-executive-director-qmunity-british-columbias-p-part-one/>.

Harvard, Australian: Parker, D. and Jacobsen, S. 2015, ‘Dara Parker: Executive Director, Qmunity (Part One)’, In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal, vol. 9.A., http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/09/01/dara-parker-executive-director-qmunity-british-columbias-p-part-one/.

Modern Language Association (MLA, 7th Edition, 2009): Parker, Dara, and Scott D. Jacobsen. “Dara Parker: Executive Director, Qmunity (Part One).” In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal 9.A (2015): September. 2015. Web. <http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/09/01/dara-parker-executive-director-qmunity-british-columbias-p-part-one/>.

Vancouver/ICMJE: Parker D. and Jacobsen S. Dara Parker: Executive Director, Qmunity (Part One) [Internet]. (2015, September); 9(A). Available from: http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/09/01/dara-parker-executive-director-qmunity-british-columbias-p-part-one/.

Dara Parker: Executive Director, Qmunity (Part One)

1. In terms of geography, culture, and language, where does your family background reside?

Geography, culture, and language, I am a Canadian born Anglophone who was raised in suburbia Toronto, and has been in Vancouver for the last ten and a half years.

2. You earned a partial Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in politics from University of Melbourne with its full completion from Queen’s University, a masters of planning in urban planning (international development) from The University of British Columbia, and a certificate of non-profit management executive from Duke University.[1],[2] What instigated the personal interest or need in these qualifications for personal and professional life?

I’m not sure if I was particularly strategic when thinking about a career path when choosing the formal education I’ve engaged in. The driving principle has always been to study things that I interested in.  And so that led to acquiring a bachelor of art, honours, in politics and drama, for my undergrad, and doing my masters in urban planning. And both of those were valuable educational experiences, but they certainly weren’t with the lens that one day I’d become the executive director of a queer non-profit. Although, I think certain aspects of those trainings were invaluable in leading me here. And then the most recent certificate in non-profit management was quite deliberate and in line with what I’m doing now.  I was awarded a fellowship this year to complete that non-profit management training, and then part of the fellowship I’ll be doing leadership training towards the end of the year.

3. You volunteered on the Board for Ship for World Youth and remain the Co-President of the Board (Vancouver) for the United Nations Association of Canada.[3],[4] What skills and knowledge did you gain from these experiences to date?

I think it’s incredibly valuable if you work in the non-profit if you also volunteer on the board of a non-profit because you can see what managing a non-profit looks like from both perspectives.  Being on the board of UNA Canada was particularly useful because it was an organization with a paid staff, and often gave me a glimpse into the perspective of my own board members at Qmunity would have.  And Additionally, I think it’s incredibly important to volunteer.  I have been a lifelong volunteer.  I think I started to volunteering when I was 15. And, for me, it’s personally important to give back to community, and that’s one of the ways that I can do that.

4. You worked for the Kids Help Phone (leadership director), Busabout, HAGGiS & Shamrocker Adventures (tour guide), Lesotho National Olympic Committee (Project manager), United Nations Association of Canada (Program Manager), City of Burnaby (Social Planner), UN-HABITAT United Nations Human Settlements Programme (Advisor), and Cuso International (Public Engagement Manager).[5],[6] Throughout this vast experience in numerous sectors for your career up to the present, how did these assist in the current position of executive director of Qmunity?[7],[8]

I think the common thread throughout my diverse career has been a commitment to social justice and social change.  As in that, positions have been quite different, certainly my work in non-profit helped prepare me for this role.  I think the value in working in multiple organizations is seeing multiple ways to doing things.  Some that work really well.  Some that you are able to throw out because they are not as effective.  So it was the combination of all of those experiences that led me to this role.

5. In addition, you earned the position of executive director of Qmunity.[9],[10],[11] You have numerous media appearances in video and writing too.[12],[13],[14],[15],[16],[17],[18],[19],[20],[21],[22],[23],[24],[25],[26],[27],[28],[29],[30],[31],[32],[33],[34],[35],[36],[37],[38],[39],[40],[41],[42],[43],[44],[45],[46],[47],[48],[49],[50],[51],[52],[53],[54],[55],[56],[57],[58],[59],[60],[61],[62],[63],[64],[65],[66],[67],[68],[69],[70],[71],[72],[73],[74],[75],[76]  What additional duties and responsibilities come with this prominent, public, and respected position connected to attention from the media?

Being an executive director of a small non-profit means that you wear a lot of hats, you are often looking at finance and human resources and program development and fundraising, and everything in between.  And of course, you are often the spokesperson for the organization. And for our organization, that means a lot of media engagement.  We’re a small organization, but we ae the unique umbrella organization for LGBTQ communities across BC.  And so we do get a lot of requests from media to comment on various issues, and to help highlight what contemporary concerns are for our queer communities.  So that’s part and parcel.  But most of the EDs that I know who are the spokespeople for the organization, depending on the issue that you are working on, that you may have more or less media attention on that issue.  And I think queer and trans issues continue to receive a decent amount of media coverage.

6. “Queer,” as a term, means “someone with a non-normative sexual orientation or gender identity.”[77] Within this umbrella term, according to the general mandate of Qmunity, what sub-populations become implicated in it?

We welcome everyone under the rainbow umbrella that identifies, queer or trans, so anyone with a non-normative sexual orientation or gender identity, as you noted.  Some of those identities within those communities would include gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, two-spirited, intersex, asexual, pansexual, gender, queer, and lots of word that we get to use to name ourselves.  And then, we’re also looking at the intersection of our gender identity and sexual orientation that we carry.  For instance, being a person of color, or having a disability, or being a newcomer, et cetera.

[1] See LinkedIn (2015). Dara Parker.

[2] See QueerBio.com (2015). Dara Parker.

[3] See LinkedIn (2015). Dara Parker.

[4] See QueerBio.com (2015). Dara Parker.

[5] See LinkedIn (2015). Dara Parker.

[6] See QueerBio.com (2015). Dara Parker.

[7] See LinkedIn (2015). Dara Parker.

[8] See QueerBio.com (2015). Dara Parker.

[9] See LinkedIn (2015). Dara Parker.

[10] See Qmunity (2015). Staff: Dara Parker.

[11] See QueerBio.com (2015). Dara Parker.

[12] See [SFU Centre for Dialogue] (2014, January 31). Dara Parker, Reconciling Injustices in a Pluralistic Canada.

[13] See YouTube (n.d.). Dara Parker.

[14] See [Dara Parker] (2013, September 26). Here’s The Deal Sept 25.

[15] See [Dara Parker] (2013, October 8). Here’s The Deal Oct 7.

[16] See [Dara Parker] (2013, October 24). Here’s The Deal Oct 23.

[17] See [Dara Parker] (2013, November 21). Here’s The Deal Nov 20.

[18] See [Dara Parker] (2013, December 6). Here’s The Deal Dec 4.

[19] See [Dara Parker] (2013, December 19). Here’s The Deal Dec 18.

[20] See [Dara Parker] (2014, January 16). Here’s The Deal Jan 15.

[21] See [Dara Parker] (2014, January 28). Here’s The Deal Jan 27.

[22] See [Dara Parker] (2014, February 13). Here’s The Deal Feb 12.

[23] See [Dara Parker] (2014, February 25). Here’s The Deal Feb 24.

[24] See [Dara Parker] (2014, March 11). Here’s The Deal Mar 10.

[25] See [Dara Parker] (2014, March 11). Here’s The Deal Feb 26.

[26] See [Dara Parker] (2014, March 28). Here’s The Deal.

[27] See [Dara Parker] (2015, January 15). Unfiltered January 9, 2015.

[28] See [Dara Parker] (2015, February 19). Inclusion Café at BC Housing.

[29] See VolunTourism.org (2008). 3Q’s.

[30] See The Vancouver Sun (2012, August 4). Video: The winding road back.

[31] See Robins, M. (2012, June 20). 20 Questions With QMUNITY’s Dara Parker.

[32] See Parker, D. (2000, September 19). A few thoughts on being a girl.

[33] See Twitter (2015). Dara Parker.

[34] See Parker, D. (2015, June 1). Have you forgotten already?.

[35] See Barsotti, N. (2012, November 25). Staff shakeup at Qmunity.

[36] See Takeuchi, C. (2013, December 20). Qmunity’s Dara Parker tackles homophobia against gay tenant in Vancouver.

[37] See Carney, L. (2013, August 29). Five Vancouver restaurant faves from QMUNITY’s Dara Parker.

[38] See Lewis, S. (2015, April 14). Qmunity to begin consultations on new queer community centre.

[39] See Lewis, S. (2013, April 16). Tight budget pushes Qmunity to plan programming changes.

[40] See Lewis, S. (2015, January 22). City still searching for new site for Qmunity centre.

[41] See Robins, M (2012, November 13). Spend 69 seconds with … Dara Parker.

[42] See Parker, D. (2015, April 2). Qmunity’s Dara Parker: Proving queerness a challenge for LGBT refugees in B.C..

[43] See Takeuchi, C. (2015, May 19). Speakers express challenges of being LGBT refugees and parents of trans children.

[44] See Parker, D. (2014, November 5). Qmunity’s Dara Parker: Three reasons why queer citizens should vote.

[45] See Lee, F (2012, September 28). Robust belief in inclusion brings globe trotter to West End QMUNITY.

[46] See Simon Fraser University Centre for Dialogue (2015, June 4). In the Media: Daily XTRA and The Georgia Straight Credit QMUNITY Consultation.

[47] See Positive Living Society of British Columbia (n.d.). Qmunity launches community consultations for new LGBT centre.

[48] See News Staff (2015, March 11). Hurtful messages from father after finding out son is gay raises questions on parental response.

[49] See WTC Café XXIV: LGBT2Q+ Café (2015, January 24). WTC Café XXIV: LGBT2Q+ Café.

[50] See Parker, D. (2013, August 3). It’s not safe for queer athletes at Sochi 2014 Olympics.

[51] See The Globe and Mail (2014, November 12). Transgender man files complaint against B.C. health ministry over surgical delay.

[52] See Mertl, S. (2014, September 23). Gay seniors fear going into care means going back in the closet: report.

[53] See Yuzda, L. (2015, March 25). Vancouver Police accused of failing to update discrimination policies.

[54] See admin (2013, February 27). Thank Q.

[55] See Chan, K. (2014, May 16). International Day Against Homophobia Breakfast Celebrates Being Gay and Grey.

[56] See Russell, R. (2013). Free to be me.

[57] See Janssen, M. (2015, May 27). Community Building 101.

[58] See Perelle, R. (2015, June 4). Qmunity centre consultation seems transparent and sincere.

[59] See News 1130 Staff (2015, June 26). Local gay community says SCOTUS ruling about same-sex marriage is ‘overwhelming’.

[60] See Filipenko, J. (2013). Aging with Uncertain.

[61] See CTV (2015, June 19). Business owner under fire.

[62] See Brocki, L. (2013, November 21). Vancouver city council approves 30-year vision for West End.

[63] See Fellows, O.Z. (2013, October 21). Davie Village aims to grow from gay roots. Retrieved from Davie Village aims to grow from gay roots.

[64] See Bernardo, M. (2015, June 26). Vancouver advocates cheer top US court ruling on same-sex marriage.

[65] See Dedyna, K. (2014, November 22). B.C. says ‘no one came forward’ for gender-alignment surgery.

[66] See Mui, M. (2013, October 17). Reprimanded teacher questioned whether parent was homophobic.

[67] See Schmunk, R. (2015, March 13). ‘This Is Worse Than Death’: B.C. Dad Reacts To His Son Coming Out.

[68] See Fumano, D. (2015, February 2). ‘A tragic day’: Ritch Dowrey, victim of violent 2009 West End gay bashing, dies.

[69] See Nursall, K. (2013, August 20). Anti-homophobia policies in schools reduce alcohol abuse for all students, UBC study finds.

[70] See Edmiston, J. (2013, July 25). ‘Heteronormative’ Burger Family no threat to LGBT, rights tribunal says after receiving ‘outrageous’ complaint.

[71] See Mietunnen, A. (2014, February 27). Community Voices: Responses to the West End Plan.

[72] See Chhibber, A. (2014, August 6). Canada: LGBs more at risk of teenage pregnancy, says British Columbia study.

[73] See Flock, E. (2013, August, 1). Russia’s Olympic Anti-Gay Threats Come After 2010’s ‘Gayest Olympics Ever’

[74] See Cassell, E. (2013, June 20). Canada marks 10 years of marriage equality ruling.

[75] See Ball D. (2015, August 5). Pregnancy a greater risk for lesbian, gay and bisexual B.C. teens, study finds.

[76] See Morris, K. (2014, August 11). Canadian Study Finds Gay and Lesbian Teens More Likely to Become Pregnant.

[77] See [Dara Parker] (2013, September 13). Here’s The Deal Sept 11.

Appendix I: Complete Reference Style Listing

*No Access Dates.*

Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD, 2nd Edition, 2003): Dara Parker & Scott Jacobsen, Executive Director, Qmunity (Part One), 2015(9) In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal, http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/09/01/dara-parker-executive-director-qmunity-british-columbias-p-part-one/.

American Anthropological Association (AAA, 2009): Cooijmans, Paul, and Scott D. Jacobsen 2015 Dara Parker: Executive Director, Qmunity (Part One). http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/09/01/dara-parker-executive-director-qmunity-british-columbias-p-part-one/.

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE): Cooijmans, P., & Jacobsen, S. (2015). Dara Parker: Executive Director, Qmunity (Part One). In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal. Retrieved from http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/09/01/dara-parker-executive-director-qmunity-british-columbias-p-part-one/.

American Chemical Society: Cooijmans, P.; Jacobsen, S. Dara Parker: Executive Director, Qmunity (Part One). http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/09/01/dara-parker-executive-director-qmunity-british-columbias-p-part-one/.

American Economic Association (AEA): Best, B., S. Jacobsen 2015. “Dara Parker: Executive Director, Qmunity (Part One).” In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal. http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/09/01/dara-parker-executive-director-qmunity-british-columbias-p-part-one/.

American Institute of Physics (AIP): Paul Cooijmans and Scott D. Jacobsen, “Dara Parker: Executive Director, Qmunity (Part One),” In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal, 1 September 2015, http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/09/01/dara-parker-executive-director-qmunity-british-columbias-p-part-one/

American Medical Association (AMA): Paul C. and Jacobsen S. Dara Parker: Executive Director, Qmunity (Part One). In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal [Online]. September 2015; 9(A). Available from: http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/09/01/dara-parker-executive-director-qmunity-british-columbias-p-part-one/.

American Meteorological Society (AMS): Cooijmans, P., and S. D. Jacobsen, 2015: Dara Parker: Executive Director, Qmunity (Part One). In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal, 9. [Available online at http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/09/01/dara-parker-executive-director-qmunity-british-columbias-p-part-one/.]

American Physiological Society (APS): Paul C, Jacobsen S. (2015). Dara Parker: Executive Director, Qmunity (Part One) [Online]. In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal. http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/09/01/dara-parker-executive-director-qmunity-british-columbias-p-part-one/.

American Political Science Association (APSA, 2006): Cooijmans, Paul, and Jacobsen, Scott. 2015. “Dara Parker: Executive Director, Qmunity (Part One).” In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal: 9 (A). http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/09/01/dara-parker-executive-director-qmunity-british-columbias-p-part-one/.

American Psychological Association (APA, 6th Edition, 2010): Cooijmans, P. & Jacobsen, S.D. (2015, September 1). Dara Parker: Executive Director, Qmunity (Part One)Retrieved from http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/09/01/dara-parker-executive-director-qmunity-british-columbias-p-part-one/.

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE, 2010): Cooijmans, P., and Jacobsen, S.D. (2015). “Dara Parker: Executive Director, Qmunity (Part One).” In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal, <http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/09/01/dara-parker-executive-director-qmunity-british-columbias-p-part-one/>.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME): Cooijmans, P. and Jacobsen, S., 2015, “Dara Parker: Executive Director, Qmunity (Part One),” In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal, from
http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/09/01/dara-parker-executive-director-qmunity-british-columbias-p-part-one/

American Sociological Association (ASA, 4th Edition): Cooijmans, Paul and Scott Jacobsen 2015. “Dara Parker: Executive Director, Qmunity (Part One).” In-Sight (9.A). Retrieved (http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/09/01/dara-parker-executive-director-qmunity-british-columbias-p-part-one/).

Basic Legal Citation (LII Edition, 2007): Paul Cooijmans & Scott Jacobsen, Dara Parker: Executive Director, Qmunity (Part One), 2015(9) In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal, http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/09/01/dara-parker-executive-director-qmunity-british-columbias-p-part-one/.

Brazilian National Standards (ABNT): COOIJMANS, P. & JACOBSEN, S. Dara Parker: Executive Director, Qmunity (Part One). In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal. 9.A, September. 2015. <http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/09/01/dara-parker-executive-director-qmunity-british-columbias-p-part-one/>.

Canadian Anthropology Society (CAS, 2014): Cooijmans, Paul, Scott Douglas Jacobsen 2015 Dara Parker: Executive Director, Qmunity (Part One). In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal. http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/09/01/dara-parker-executive-director-qmunity-british-columbias-p-part-one/.

Chicago/Turabian, Author-Date (16th Edition): Cooijmans, Paul & Jacobsen, Scott. 2015. “Dara Parker: Executive Director, Qmunity (Part One).” In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal. 9.A. http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/09/01/dara-parker-executive-director-qmunity-british-columbias-p-part-one/.

Chicago/Turabian, Humanities (16th Edition): Cooijmans, Paul & Jacobsen, Scott “Dara Parker: Executive Director, Qmunity (Part One).” In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal. 9.A (September 2015). http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/09/01/dara-parker-executive-director-qmunity-british-columbias-p-part-one/.

Council of Science Editors (CSE): Cooijmans P, Jacobsen S. Dara Parker: Executive Director, Qmunity (Part One). In-Sight [Internet]. 2015; Available from: http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/09/01/dara-parker-executive-director-qmunity-british-columbias-p-part-one/.

Entomological Society of America: Cooijmans, P., and S. Jacobsen 2015. Dara Parker: Executive Director, Qmunity (Part One). http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/09/01/dara-parker-executive-director-qmunity-british-columbias-p-part-one/

Harvard: Cooijmans, P. & Jacobsen, S. 2015, ‘Dara Parker: Executive Director, Qmunity (Part One)’, In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal, vol. 8.A. Available from: <http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/09/01/dara-parker-executive-director-qmunity-british-columbias-p-part-one/>.

Harvard, Australian: Cooijmans, P. and Jacobsen, S. 2015, ‘Dara Parker: Executive Director, Qmunity (Part One)’, In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal, vol. 9.A., http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/09/01/dara-parker-executive-director-qmunity-british-columbias-p-part-one/.

Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE): P. Cooijmans and S. Jacobsen, “Dara Parker: Executive Director, Qmunity (Part One),” In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal, vol. 9.A, September 2015. [Online]. Available: http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/09/01/dara-parker-executive-director-qmunity-british-columbias-p-part-one/.

Modern Language Association (MLA, 7th Edition, 2009): Cooijmans, Paul, and Scott D. Jacobsen. “Dara Parker: Executive Director, Qmunity (Part One).” In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal 9.A (2015):September. 2015. Web. <http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/09/01/dara-parker-executive-director-qmunity-british-columbias-p-part-one/>.

National Library of Medicine (2nd Edition, 2007): Cooijmans P, Jacobsen SD. Dara Parker: Executive Director, Qmunity (Part One). In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal [Internet]. 2015 September 1; 9(A). Available from: http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/09/01/dara-parker-executive-director-qmunity-british-columbias-p-part-one/

The Geological Society of America (GSA): Cooijmans, P., and Scott Jacobsen 2015, Dara Parker: Executive Director, Qmunity (Part One): http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/09/01/dara-parker-executive-director-qmunity-british-columbias-p-part-one/.

Vancouver/ICMJE: Cooijmans P. and Jacobsen S. Dara Parker: Executive Director, Qmunity (Part One) [Internet]. (2015, September); 9(A). Available from: http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/09/01/dara-parker-executive-director-qmunity-british-columbias-p-part-one/.

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Summer-Fall Transition Updates – 2015-09-01

Dear Readers,

Please see Ebooks and Issues tabs for novel productions: The Paul Cooijmans Interview [Academic] and Spring, Issue 8.A-8.B, Idea: Outliers and Outsiders (Part Four).

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The Flaws of High School

Biography

Ryan Eshaghi is a high school senior at University High School in Irvine, California. He is a nationally ranked debater, TEDx presenter, and always strives to find creative solutions to common problems. He is the CEO of his high school’s virtual enterprise team and a certified judge for California’s public debate program. He has won multiple youth business program accolades and has experience in marketing and sales. He is also the co-founder of startup company Flexbooth. Ryan hopes to shape his future around corporate responsibility and social entrepreneurship.

Abstract

The Flaws of High School contains Ryan’s critiques of his current high school experience and what he and other students believe are issues in the high school curriculum. This short article briefly goes over what the high school experience falls short of in doing and should encompass in the future. As adolescents, high school students are growing, changing, and becoming independent individuals, and this article hopes to highlight some of the areas where teens’ education could be advanced.

Keywords: adolescent years, basic life skills, creativity, critical thinking, high school, skills, student, self-learning, teacher, test.

Common Reference Style Listing

*No Access Dates.*

American Medical Association (AMA): Matin E. The Flaws of High School. In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal [Online]. August 2015; 8(A). Available from: http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/22/2387/.

American Psychological Association (APA, 6th Edition, 2010): Eshaghi, M. (2015, August 22). The Flaws of High SchoolRetrieved from http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/22/2387/.

Brazilian National Standards (ABNT): ESHAGHI, M. The Flaws of High School. In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal. 8.A, August. 2015. <http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/22/2387/>.

Chicago/Turabian, Author-Date (16th Edition): Eshaghi, Matin. 2015. “The Flaws of High School.” In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal. 8.A. http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/22/2387/.

Chicago/Turabian, Humanities (16th Edition): Eshaghi, Matin “The Flaws of High School.” In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal. 8.A (August 2015).  http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/22/2387/.

Harvard: Eshaghi, M. 2015, ‘The Flaws of High School’, In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal, vol. 8.A. Available from: <http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/22/2387/>.

Harvard, Australian: Eshaghi, M. 2015, ‘The Flaws of High School’, In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal, vol. 8.A., http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/22/2387/.

Modern Language Association (MLA, 7th Edition, 2009): Matin R. Eshaghi. “The Flaws of High School.” In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal 8.A (2015): August. 2015. Web. <http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/22/2387/>.

Vancouver/ICMJE: Eshaghi M. The Flaws of High School [Internet]. (2015, August); 8(A). Available from: http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/22/2387/.

The Flaws of High School

When it comes to high school, the typical student goes through a series of changes in which he/she strives to develop a sense of identity as a young adult. Before entering the enchanting and seemingly freedom-filled life of high school, I thought of high school as a new chapter in my life where I could explore life passions, create new friendships, discover new things, and create something of myself, where I would be proud of for the rest of my life. To my surprise, although somewhat true, I felt that my personal development was quite limited. I felt that my creativity was corrupted by the intense focus on grades and standards and the rules and regulations that high school is governed by. Yes there is the chess club, yes there is the magic club, oh and don’t forget there is Model United Nations and Junior State of America. But rarely do these extra-curricular activities offer life skills in an attempt to prepare students for the challenges that life presents them with. Memorizing the quadratic formula and the exact years in which subatomic particles were discovered do not represent the academic knowledge I need to have to be successful in my life. Memorizing facts like these basically tell students that in order to receive a good grade, they have to sit in a quiet room and memorize as much text as possible before completely dumping out most information soon after taking the test on it. I have nothing against “useful” knowledge; a knowledge that helps me to become a critical thinker and a problem solver, but deep down I know that memorizing factoids only give me the skills to pass the test and get a good grade. I like to be able to feel the real world and workplace challenges, make smarter decisions, and contribute to society with the activities that I am passionate about. High school provides a basic yet fundamental understanding of important academic knowledge but falls short of providing in-depth life skills essential for surviving in real-world scenarios. Learning life skills should start in high schools and not in colleges and definitely not in the workplace.

High school does not prepare you adequately to evaluate real life situations, calculate risks, deal with emotions, and wisely spend and invest your money once you start making it. It does not even remotely paint a realistic picture on how and why to choose a major in college and how that major will affect your career choices. High schools fail to offer a comprehensive curriculum that teaches one how to cope with emotions, relationships, fitness, career choices, losses, finances, etc. Math teaches you that you need x dollars to purchase y items, but it does not teach you how to evaluate the quality of the items. It doesn’t teach you that you may be better off buying a share of the sneaker company instead of the sneakers themselves. Math teaches you about numbers but it does not teach you about how to apply your “math knowledge” in life and when making personal financial decisions mixed with your emotions. And when we do work on word problems, there is always some sort of formula, always some sort of predetermined way of spitting out the information you are looking for. High school surely does not provide many tools for financial preparedness and the importance of why a student should start a retirement plan early. Economics teaches you economic reasoning and about the dynamics of financial markets, but since emotion plays a huge role in financial decisions, the class falls short. It doesn’t teach you why it is never too early to start saving and making financial decisions/plans that may affect you for the rest of your life. And classes like these should not only tell you the facts, but also how you, as a unique individual, can deal with your own emotions and behavior while dealing with the never changing information handed to you.

High school teachers are mainly concerned about students reaching standards and making the grade. They usually have a cookie cutter approach to teaching. They teach all the students the same way and either have no time or are not interested to pay attention to how students vary in their learning skills. If a student does poorly in his/her classes, the teacher rarely tries to find out the root of the problem by asking the student “why” they performed poorly. They don’t want to know about the student’s emotional challenges and how his/her family dynamic is. Teachers do not realize that having a deeper relationship with a student who is struggling academically may benefit both parties. Students will be more interested in learning about the topic at hand when they actually like that teacher and when they know that the teacher likes the same sports team as they do. Mutual interests are the fundamental stepping-stones to good relationships. Don’t get me wrong; some teachers are undeniably understanding and caring toward students, but many are not. If teachers learn how to treat students with empathy and respect rather than authoritative oppression, students will undoubtedly like them more and they will put more effort in learning the material. The relationship a student has with his/her teacher indeed contributes to that student’s interest in the subject; it may even leave long lasting impressions. Consequently, a student’s curiosity towards a particular topic should not be held back by a teacher.

Teachers should cultivate the love of learning in their students and should teach students how to teach themselves. Students need to become problem solvers and critical thinkers. And by problem solving I don’t mean graphing a set of solutions to a quadratic equation, or figuring out how Ernest Rutherford discovered alpha and beta rays. I’m talking about the simple stuff, the stuff you need to know to be independent.

Creativity is also a hit and miss when it comes to high school. It succeeds in the sense that critical thinking can be taught and learned in the classroom, derived from an academic topic (math, psychology, English, science, economics, etc.), but fails when it comes to real-world applications. How do you come up with ways to impress your boss if you want a promotion? How do you write an attention-grabbing resume? How can you apply for a business loan? What should you do if your best friend goes through a tough break-up or loss of a loved-one? Self-learning seems like the option here. And although personal experience is great, I think an introduction to the things we will see more commonly throughout our lives is necessary. Perhaps switch out the basic, necessary lessons (bills, mortgage, emotions, car payment, jobs, exercise, etc.) for the completely irrelevant, complex, and almost useless facts that students are tested on, information we will most likely never need to know ever again after high school.

Speaking of testing, testing is useless. No, I take that back, testing is important, but I don’t think the way students are tested makes much sense. Most tests measure memorization skills and not conceptual understanding of subjects. The goal is to make an “A” and not to learn the material because that ‘A’ results in a higher GPA. The goal is to have a high SAT score because a high SAT score means a better chance at admission to UC Berkeley. What if somehow, someway, there was a test that could evaluate a student’s ability to progress? What if we invested time and money in devising tests that could show a student’s learning ability and his/her potential for growth? Instead of a test so focused on pure memorizations, why not present students with case based tests with questions that require the use of information you learned in high school? These are just theoretical ideas. All I am saying is that we need an educational reform in high schools to enhance learning and to teach high school students not only the specifics of math and biology and history but also basic life skills that can help them do well in college and more importantly throughout the course of their life. Students must learn to expand their creativity and to not be confined to formulated methods of thinking. After all, our adolescent years are the ones where we really figure out who we are.

Appendix I: Complete Reference Style Listing

*No Access Dates.*

Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD, 2nd Edition, 2003): Matin Eshaghi, The Flaws of High School, 2015(8) In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal, http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/22/2387/.
American Anthropological Association (AAA, 2009): Matin R. Eshaghi 2015 The Flaws of High Schoolhttp://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/22/2387/.
American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE): Eshaghi, M. (2015). The Flaws of High School. In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal. Retrieved from http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/22/2387/.
American Chemical Society: Eshaghi, M. The Flaws of High School. http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/22/2387/.
American Economic Association (AEA): Eshaghi, M. 2015. “The Flaws of High School.” In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal. http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/22/2387/.
American Institute of Physics (AIP): Matin Eshaghi, “The Flaws of High School,” In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal, 22 August 2015, http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/22/2387/
American Medical Association (AMA): Matin E. The Flaws of High School. In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal [Online]. August 2015; 8(A). Available from: http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/22/2387/.
American Meteorological Society (AMS): Eshaghi, M., 2015: The Flaws of High School. In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal, 8. [Available online at http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/22/2387/.]
American Physiological Society (APS): Matin E.(2015). The Flaws of High School [Online]. In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal. http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/22/2387/.
American Political Science Association (APSA, 2006): Eshaghi, Matin. 2015. “The Flaws of High School.” In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal: 8 (A). http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/22/2387/.
American Psychological Association (APA, 6th Edition, 2010): Eshaghi, M. (2015, August 22). The Flaws of High SchoolRetrieved from http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/22/2387/.
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE, 2010): Eshaghi, M. (2015). “The Flaws of High School.” In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal, <http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/22/2387/>.
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME): Eshaghi, M., 2015, “The Flaws of High School,” In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal, from http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/22/2387/
American Sociological Association (ASA, 4th Edition): Eshaghi, Matin 2015. “The Flaws of High School.” In-Sight (8.A). Retrieved (http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/22/2387/).
Basic Legal Citation (LII Edition, 2007): Matin Eshaghi, The Flaws of High School, 2015(8) In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal, http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/22/2387/.
Brazilian National Standards (ABNT): ESHAGHI, P. The Flaws of High SchoolIn-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal. 8.A, August. 2015. <http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/22/2387/>.
Canadian Anthropology Society (CAS, 2014): Matin Ryan Eshaghi 2015 The Flaws of High School. In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal. http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/22/2387/.
Chicago/Turabian, Author-Date (16th Edition): Eshaghi, Matin. 2015. “The Flaws of High School.” In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal. 8.A. http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/22/2387/.
Chicago/Turabian, Humanities (16th Edition): Eshaghi, Matin “The Flaws of High School.” In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal. 8.A (July 2015). http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/22/2387/.
Council of Science Editors (CSE): Eshaghi M. The Flaws of High School. In-Sight [Internet]. 2015; Available from: http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/22/2387/.
Entomological Society of America: M. Eshaghi 2015. The Flaws of High School. http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/22/2387/
Harvard: Eshaghi, M. 2015, ‘The Flaws of High School’, In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal, vol. 8.A. Available from: <http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/22/2387/>.
Harvard, Australian: Eshaghi, M. 2015, ‘The Flaws of High School’, In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal, vol. 8.A., http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/22/2387/.
Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE): M. Eshaghi, “The Flaws of High School,” In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal, vol. 8.A, August 2015. [Online]. Available: http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/22/2387/.
Modern Language Association (MLA, 7th Edition, 2009): Matin R. Eshaghi. “The Flaws of High School.” In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal 8.A (2015): August. 2015. Web. <http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/22/2387/>.
National Library of Medicine (2nd Edition, 2007): Eshaghi M. The Flaws of High School. In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal [Internet]. 2015 August 15; 8(A). Available from: http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/22/2387/
The Geological Society of America (GSA): Matin Eshaghi 2015, The Flaws of High School: http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/22/2387/.
Vancouver/ICMJE: Eshaghi M. The Flaws of High School [Internet]. (2015, August); 8(A). Available from: http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/22/2387/.

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Eric Adriaans: National Executive Director, Center for Inquiry Canada/CFIC/CFI Canada (Part Two)

Mr. Eric Adriaans

*Complete footnotes, bibliographic references, and reference style listing, respectively, at the bottom*

ABSTRACT

Interview with Eric Adriaans. National Executive Director of the Center for Inquiry Canada (CFI Canada), and charitable sector leader, legislative drafting student, and writer. He discusses: work history up to the present with insights from the diverse and extensive experiences throughout professional work and leadership, and commentary on charitable sector work for those without religious affiliation; current earned position of national executive director of Center for Inquiry Canada, CFI Canada’s Statement of Values and its representation and general activities; duties and responsibilities which come from influence upon the public mind with an emphasis on the simultaneous holding of an important position in the educational charity sector; and the probable near and far future of CFI Canada.

Keywords: charitable sector, Center for Inquiry Canada, Eric Adriaans, humanism, leadership, National Executive Director, secularism, self-expression, skepticism.

*Incomplete, common reference style listing without access dates.*

American Medical Association (AMA): Eric A. and Jacobsen S. Eric Adriaans: National Executive Director, Center for Inquiry Canada/CFIC/CFI Canada (Part Two). In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal [Online]. August 2015; 8(A). Available from: http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/15/eric-adriaans-national-executive-director-center-for-inquiry-canadacficcfi-canada-part-two/.

American Psychological Association (APA, 6th Edition, 2010): Adriaans, E. & Jacobsen, S.D. (2015, August 15). Eric Adriaans: National Executive Director, Center for Inquiry Canada/CFIC/CFI Canada (Part Two)Retrieved from http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/15/eric-adriaans-national-executive-director-center-for-inquiry-canadacficcfi-canada-part-two/.

Brazilian National Standards (ABNT): ADRIAANS, E. & JACOBSEN, S. Eric Adriaans: National Executive Director, Center for Inquiry Canada/CFIC/CFI Canada (Part Two). In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal. 8.A, August. 2015. <http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/15/eric-adriaans-national-executive-director-center-for-inquiry-canadacficcfi-canada-part-two/>.

Chicago/Turabian, Author-Date (16th Edition): Adriaans, Eric & Jacobsen, Scott. 2015. “Eric Adriaans: National Executive Director, Center for Inquiry Canada/CFIC/CFI Canada (Part Two).” In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal. 8.A. http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/15/eric-adriaans-national-executive-director-center-for-inquiry-canadacficcfi-canada-part-two/.

Chicago/Turabian, Humanities (16th Edition): Adriaans, Eric & Jacobsen, Scott “Eric Adriaans: National Executive Director, Center for Inquiry Canada/CFIC/CFI Canada (Part Two).” In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal. 8.A (August 2015). http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/15/eric-adriaans-national-executive-director-center-for-inquiry-canadacficcfi-canada-part-two/.

Harvard: Adriaans, E. & Jacobsen, S. 2015, ‘Eric Adriaans: National Executive Director, Center for Inquiry Canada/CFIC/CFI Canada (Part Two)’, In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal, vol. 8.A. Available from: <http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/15/eric-adriaans-national-executive-director-center-for-inquiry-canadacficcfi-canada-part-two/>.

Harvard, Australian: Adriaans, E. and Jacobsen, S. 2015, ‘Eric Adriaans: National Executive Director, Center for Inquiry Canada/CFIC/CFI Canada (Part Two)’, In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal, vol. 8.A., http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/15/eric-adriaans-national-executive-director-center-for-inquiry-canadacficcfi-canada-part-two/.

Modern Language Association (MLA, 7th Edition, 2009): Adriaans, Eric, and Scott D. Jacobsen. “Eric Adriaans: National Executive Director, Center for Inquiry Canada/CFIC/CFI Canada (Part Two).” In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal 8.A (2015): August. 2015. Web. <http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/15/eric-adriaans-national-executive-director-center-for-inquiry-canadacficcfi-canada-part-two/>.

Vancouver/ICMJE: Adriaans E. and Jacobsen S. Eric Adriaans: National Executive Director, Center for Inquiry Canada/CFIC/CFI Canada (Part Two) [Internet]. (2015, August); 8(A). Available from: http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/15/eric-adriaans-national-executive-director-center-for-inquiry-canadacficcfi-canada-part-two/.

5. You worked for the Canadian Diabetes Association (District Coordinator, 1991-1997), The Kidney Foundation of Canada ((A) Executive Director, 1997-1999), The Arthritis Society (Associate Director, Ontario North & East, 1999-2001), Ottawa Humane Society (Manager, Development and Outreach, 2001-2002), Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (Director, Development & Finance, 2002-2005), Avocado Press (Director, Business Development, 2005), The Lung Association (Fundraising Coordinator, 2006), and the Canadian Red Cross Society (Director, Regional Operations, 2006-2014).[1],[2],[3],[4],[5],[6],[7],[8],[9] This work occurred in diverse areas including Thunder Bay, New Zealand, North Superior, Ottawa, and Western Ontario. With respect to these diverse and extensive experiences throughout professional work and leadership, what insights come to mind, and seem relevant, about the nature of the charitable sector, especially for those without religious affiliation?

The charitable sector is about making the world better – not accepting the status quo. It doesn’t matter where you live, things can be made better.  No charity I have ever worked for has said “OK, our job is done.”  Just as with science, any question or problem that is investigated brings up a host of new questions and problems.  Charitable organizations, big or small, will always need more resources and more time.

The charitable sector is the most socially productive counter-authoritarian undertaking I can think of.  Charities tell authorities, whether they are governments, media, religions, judiciaries, political parties, corporate forces or any other form of authority that they must not rest.  It is the charitable sector which pushes for human rights, education, health or any priority.

Charities are the community expression and engagement of non-religious people.  People get involved with issues that matter to them through charities.  Charities are the modern secular replacement for churches.   There’s nothing supernatural about showing up at a foodbank to help out, coaching a children’s sports team or protesting violence or bigotry.

6. Your earned the current position of national executive director of the Center for Inquiry Canada (CFI Canada) on March, 2014.[10],[11],[12],[13],[14] You drafted the Statement of Values, in addition to its revision, which, in part, states:

To educate and provide training to the public in the application of skeptical, secular, rational and humanistic enquiry through conferences, symposia, lectures, published works and the maintenance of a library…I. CFI Canada values people above ideas…the leading international voice for critical thinking, secularism, skepticism, humanism, and free-thought…III. CFI Canada values Humanism…IV. CFI Canada values skepticism; we strive to ensure that information or messages we circulate do not require the audience to accept it without validation of evidence…V. CFI Canada values science, rational thought and critical thinking…VI. CFI Canada values free thought…VII. CFI Canada values human rights…VIII. CFI Canada values education…IX. CFI Canada values the wellness of people…X. CFI Canada values excellence…XI. CFI Canada values transparency…XII .CFI Canada is an open and diverse community of individuals that embraces individuals regardless of sex/gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form.[15]

Of course, more information exists with thorough answers to relevant questions about humanistic values, for instance, in the CFI Canada Statement of Values and elsewhere.[16],[17],[18],[19],[20],[21] Regarding the representation and functions of CFI Canada, what does CFI Canada represent – in terms of direct and indirect constituents, and function as – in terms of its general activities, within the general population of Canada?

CFIC’s mission statement includes the term “secular humanist” as a key feature. It also includes key words like freethought and skepticism.  All of these words are charged with history and significance for the people who use them.  There are even degrees of identity politics associated with them.

Secular humanist is a very near synonym for atheist. Recently I have started to encourage the use of the phrase “Your Community For Science and Secularism” to feature the basic values of an evidence-based approach to matters such as education and healthcare and the separation of religion from governance of people.

Many people have assumed that CFIC is therefore an organization specifically for anyone who self-identifies as atheist, skeptic, agnostic, secularist, secular humanist, humanist, rational, free-thinker or rational.  To the extent of active members and volunteers, that is mostly true.

I argue, however, that the organization is for the majority of society, whether they view themselves as religious or not, because it is my perspective that all of society benefits when evidence-based practices are in place and when religious freedom and freedom from religion is assured.  I sense that CFIC represents the view of most Canadians, they just don’t know it yet.

I very much want people to move beyond arbitrary and partial labels which will never adequately describe any whole person and get to the work that is done to make the world a better and more satisfying place for more and more people.

7. You have numerous representations in the media.[22],[23],[24],[25],[26],[27],[28],[29],[30],[31],[32],[33],[34],[35],[36],[37],[38],[39],[40],[41],[42],[43] What duties and responsibilities come from influencing the public mind through the media – especially whilst holding an important position in an organization in the educational charity sector?

When I joined CFI Canada, I submitted a statement to the Board of Directors with some thoughts closely related to this question.  I’ll sample that earlier statement here (and modified slightly from my perspective prior to joining):

Thank you again for the opportunity to address CFI Canada on matters of leadership and community service. I greatly appreciate the thoughtful and conscientious approach you are taking; your approach demonstrates great care for CFI Canada’s current and future work….I have been asked me to clarify whether I would be comfortable leading CFI Canada in context of its atheist, free-thinking, reason and science-based perspectives and to comment on my confidence to act as an effective defender and advocate of CFI Canada’s tactics. I hope that I can now give you more perspective on who I am as an individual and demonstrates my position on these matters.

On a personal level my outlook is consistent with post-theism; I think the concept of god (or gods, as the case may be) is rooted in humanity’s ancient and overwhelmed past and not worth very much of my personal attention. When interacting with friends and family from day to day, I have usually maintained a position of polite agnosticism; I have always felt a greater motivation to accept others for who they are than to attempt to convince them that they should share my views. I feel this is a reflection of my fundamental belief in respect, tolerance, equality and diversity.

This is fine for me on a personal level. Except that there are people who continue to use the institutions of religion and the fundamental insecurities and fears of vulnerable people to cause harm and to promote their own interests at the expense of others. This is when the comfort of a post-theist perspective and interpersonal politeness are not adequate. When harms are done, we cannot waive the tactics, lies and illusions that are used by others. We can’t win with our hands tied.

As a leader of CFI Canada, I actively promote the values and principles of CFI Canada to achieve the objectives of the organization and to protect vulnerable persons. As a leader of CFI, I accept the responsibility to be the best example of the organization’s aims. I would present affirmation, aspiration and conviction in my work. As a leader of CFI Canada, my approach is as an inclusive secular humanist; I will employ the methods demanded by the situation or issue at hand.

People have a great attraction to confidence. Indeed, it seems to me that religious leaders (and other placebo purveyors) utilize this attraction to their advantage…or perhaps more pertinently, they exploit insecurity. To contrast this exploitation, I would present a credible, assertive and affirmative CFI Canada voice. My intent would be to educate, lead and inspire while exposing, opposing and preventing the harms perpetrated by purveyors of falsehood in religion, medicine and health, pseudo-science and other areas where people’s insecurity and vulnerability are exploited. Not only will I focus on demonstrating the confidence of the CFI Canada message, but I will also ensure that earning respect for this message is a top priority.

CFI Canada’s Secular Proverb Ad campaign is a good example of tactics and leadership. As I understand the situation, there are people who prevent atheist messages from being placed in public. This blockage is an anti-atheist act; it is an attempt to stifle and oppress. In a secular society, the law must protect the opinions and expression of all individuals and groups and groups like CFI Canada must pursue the rights confirmed in law. If any religious views may be publicly promoted, then all religious and non-religious views must be allowed. Tolerance and diversity demands that any views which do not promote the harm of others must be equally respected and promoted. This is a case where – to paraphrase Marshall McLuhan – the ability to use the medium is the message.

I encourage adoption of a Code of Conduct document as a very useful tool to establish and enable the organization’s principles and values. In the ever-more-complex society in which we live, a Code of Conduct provides individuals and organizations with guidance to foster the desired outcomes of the organization. A Code of Conduct allows the organization to secure the expressed commitment to tactics as well as core perspectives; A Code of Conduct also provides a tool for the organization to protect itself from inappropriate and/or inconsistent behaviour of staff or volunteers that could arise from time to time. A Code of Conduct is not an attempt to stifle free-thought but a realistic tool to guide and focus attention on the organization’s mission.

8. Insofar as the near and far future of personal and professional activities connected to CFI Canada concern themselves – and you, what direction seems most probable for the future of CFI Canada to you?[44]

CFI Canada is likely to continue to be a leader in identifying the most egregious harms of pseudoscience, religion and superstition and the most significant gaps in Canadian and international systems to bring those to public attention. CFIC may be expected to continue to grow and be more responsive to a diverse membership base and to be more sophisticated and creative in the solutions it develops.  The intelligence and talent of the organizations members and volunteers is simply too great not to have that result.  More diversity in the leadership in term of gender, culture, age and perspective will be obvious; the work of the organization will continue to be democratically driven by the membership.

In the near future I will be working toward the abolition of Canada’s blasphemy law, bringing and understanding of the dangers of superstitious thinking which create a situation where people with albinism are hunted for their body parts in Eastern Africa, and addressing health system issues here in Canada where pseudoscience or religion are threatening the health of people and the sustainability of the system.

In the longer run, I expect to see CFIC launch very significant targeted educational programs and to be the leverage organization known for its ability to partner and lead the Canadian secular and skeptical movement.

As regards, myself, I think I recognize my skills and my limitations.  Organizations need different types of leaders at different times in their history.  I will need to recognize when I am getting in the way of the organization’s will or ability to move forward.  It will be a tough thing to recognize but there will be a point that I need to hand the guidance of CFIC over to a different leader with an ability to carry the organization to a new and higher level.  Perhaps by then I will have learned and benefited sufficiently to be ready for a next opportunity.

[1] Please see LinkedIn (2015). Eric Adriaans: National Executive Director at Centre For Inquiry Canada.

[2] Please see Canadian Diabetes Association (2015). Canadian Diabetes Association.

[3] Please see The Kidney Foundation of Canada (2015). The Kidney Foundation of Canada.

[4] Please see The Arthritis Society (2015). The Arthritis Society.

[5] Please see Ottawa Humane Society (2015). Ottawa Humane Society.

[6] Please see Canadian Federation of Humane Societies (2015). Canadian Federation of Humane Societies.

[7] Please see Avocado Press (2015). Avocado Press.

[8] Please see The Lung Association (2015). The Lung Association.

[9] Please see Canadian Red Cross Society (2015). Canadian Red Cross Society.

[10] French title of Le Centre pour l’enquête.

[11] Please see CFI Canada (2015). About Us.

[12] Please see CFI Canada (2015). Contact Us.

[13] Please see CFI Canada (2015).

[14] Please see Adriaans, E. (2015, February 26). Centre for Inquiry Canada Statement of Values.

[15] Please see Adriaans, E. (2015, February 26). Centre for Inquiry Canada Statement of Values.

[16] Please see Adriaans, E. (2015, February 26). Centre for Inquiry Canada Statement of Values.

[17] For those with an interest in explicit statements of the principles undergirding humanism, the Humanist Manifesto I, Humanist Manifesto II, and Humanist Manifesto III, provide in depth information about values interrelated with those through the stipulation about section “III.” of the CFI Canada Statement of Values. Please see the next three footnotes for the versions of the humanist manifesto from 1933, 1973, and 2003, respectively, from the American Humanist Association.

[18] Please see American Humanist Association (2015). About The American Humanist Association.

[19] Please see American Humanist Association (2015). Humanist Manifesto I.

[20] Please see American Humanist Association (2015). Humanist Manifesto II.

[21] Please see American Humanist Association (2015). Humanist Manifesto III: Humanism and Its Aspirations.

[22] Please see CFI Canada (2015). Eric Adriaans appointed NED of CFI Canada.

[23] Please see Nasser, S. (2015, January 19). Blasphemy Is Still Illegal in Canada Even Though It’s 2015.

[24] Please see London Health Sciences Centre (2013, July 30). Lunching for a Cause: LHSC employee organizes fundraiser to help flood-ravaged Alberta.

[25] Please see Tucker, E. (2015, January 8). Charlie Hebdo attack prompts push to strike Canadian blasphemy law.

[26] Please see Nasser, S. (2015, January 8). Canada urged to seek release of journalist sentenced to flogging.

[27] Please see Abbass, V. (2014, February 10). Announcing CFI Canada’s New NED.

[28] Please see Nugent, M. (2015, February 12). Atheist Ireland meets with CFI Canada to announce charter of International Coalition Against Blasphemy Laws.

[29] Please see Beatty, G. (2015, April 30). God and Government.

[30] Please see Nasser, S. (2015, January 30). Atheist groups join forces to call for end of blasphemy laws around the world.

[31] Please see Chignall, S. (2015, march 27). Comments about atheism made by Duck Dynasty patriach show non-believers still face discrimination.

[32] Please see McGuire, S. (2014, December 27). CFI & Humanist Canada: Yey! ORF: Meh..

[33] Please see Advance, B. (2011, March 14). Donations pour in.

[34] Please see Laychak, G. (2015, April 1). Dawkins book denied distribution in Chilliwack schools.

[35] Please see CFI Canada (n.d.). Carl Sagan Day 20114 at CFI Canada!.

[36] Please see Nasser, S. (2015, January 24). In wake of Charlie Hebdo attacks, secularist groups to seek end of Canada’s blasphemy law.

[37] Please see Mehta, M. (2015, January 31). Atheist Groups Around the World Have Formed a Coalition To Eliminate Blasphemy Laws Everywhere.

[38] Please see CBC News (2015, April 17).Could the Canadian anthem be banned at NHL playoffs, jokes Naheed Nenshi.

[39] Please see Summer, S.A. (2006). THUNDER BAY RED CROSS MOVE TO CENTRAL LOCATION.

[40] Please see Gershman, J. (2015, January 8). Charlie Hebdo Attack Spurs Effort to Abolish Canada’s Blasphemy Law.

[41] Please see Government of Canada: External Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (2015, June 24). External Advisory Committee to the Office of Religious Freedom.

[42] Please see Teotonio, I. (2012, August 17). Recycling wheelchairs, medical devices proves challenging, but Red Cross can help.

[43] Please see Adamczyk, E. (2015, January 8). Canadian groups seek repeal of blasphemy law..

[44] Please see CFI Canada (2015). About Us.

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*Complete reference style listing without access dates.*

Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD, 2nd Edition, 2003): Eric Adriaans & Scott Jacobsen, Eric Adriaans: National Executive Director, Center for Inquiry Canada/CFIC/CFI Canada (Part Two), 2015(8) In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal, http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/15/eric-adriaans-national-executive-director-center-for-inquiry-canadacficcfi-canada-part-two/.

American Anthropological Association (AAA, 2009): Adriaans, Eric, and Scott D. Jacobsen 2015 Eric Adriaans: National Executive Director, Center for Inquiry Canada/CFIC/CFI Canada (Part Two). http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/15/eric-adriaans-national-executive-director-center-for-inquiry-canadacficcfi-canada-part-two/.

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE): Adriaans, E., & Jacobsen, S. (2015). Eric Adriaans: National Executive Director, Center for Inquiry Canada/CFIC/CFI Canada (Part Two). In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal. Retrieved from http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/15/eric-adriaans-national-executive-director-center-for-inquiry-canadacficcfi-canada-part-two/.

American Chemical Society: Adriaans, E.; Jacobsen, S. Eric Adriaans: National Executive Director, Center for Inquiry Canada/CFIC/CFI Canada (Part Two). http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/15/eric-adriaans-national-executive-director-center-for-inquiry-canadacficcfi-canada-part-two/.

American Economic Association (AEA): Adriaans, E., S. Jacobsen 2015. “Eric Adriaans: National Executive Director, Center for Inquiry Canada/CFIC/CFI Canada (Part two).” In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal. http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/15/eric-adriaans-national-executive-director-center-for-inquiry-canadacficcfi-canada-part-two/.

American Institute of Physics (AIP): Eric Adriaans and Scott D. Jacobsen, “Eric Adriaans: National Executive Director, Center for Inquiry Canada/CFIC/CFI Canada (Part Two),” In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal, 15 August 2015, http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/15/eric-adriaans-national-executive-director-center-for-inquiry-canadacficcfi-canada-part-two/

American Medical Association (AMA): Eric A. and Jacobsen S. Eric Adriaans: National Executive Director, Center for Inquiry Canada/CFIC/CFI Canada (Part Two). In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal [Online]. August 2015; 8(A). Available from: http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/15/eric-adriaans-national-executive-director-center-for-inquiry-canadacficcfi-canada-part-two/.

American Meteorological Society (AMS): Adriaans, E., and S. D. Jacobsen, 2015: Eric Adriaans: National Executive Director, Center for Inquiry Canada/CFIC/CFI Canada (Part Two). In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal, 8. [Available online at http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/15/eric-adriaans-national-executive-director-center-for-inquiry-canadacficcfi-canada-part-two/.]

American Physiological Society (APS): Eric A, Jacobsen S. (2015). Eric Adriaans: National Executive Director, Center for Inquiry Canada/CFIC/CFI Canada (Part Two) [Online]. In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal. http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/15/eric-adriaans-national-executive-director-center-for-inquiry-canadacficcfi-canada-part-two/.

American Political Science Association (APSA, 2006): Adriaans, Eric, and Jacobsen, Scott. 2015. “Eric Adriaans: National Executive Director, Center for Inquiry Canada/CFIC/CFI Canada (Part Two).” In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal: 8 (A). http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/15/eric-adriaans-national-executive-director-center-for-inquiry-canadacficcfi-canada-part-two/.

American Psychological Association (APA, 6th Edition, 2010): Adriaans, E. & Jacobsen, S.D. (2015, August 15). Eric Adriaans: National Executive Director, Center for Inquiry Canada/CFIC/CFI Canada (Part Two)Retrieved from http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/15/eric-adriaans-national-executive-director-center-for-inquiry-canadacficcfi-canada-part-two/.

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE, 2010): Adriaans, E., and Jacobsen, S.D. (2015). “Eric Adriaans: National Executive Director, Center for Inquiry Canada/CFIC/CFI Canada (Part Two).” In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal, <http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/15/eric-adriaans-national-executive-director-center-for-inquiry-canadacficcfi-canada-part-two/>.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME): Adriaans, E. and Jacobsen, S., 2015, “Eric Adriaans: National Executive Director, Center for Inquiry Canada/CFIC/CFI Canada (Part Two),” In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal, from
http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/15/eric-adriaans-national-executive-director-center-for-inquiry-canadacficcfi-canada-part-two/

American Sociological Association (ASA, 4th Edition): Adriaans, Eric and Scott Jacobsen 2015. “Eric Adriaans: National Executive Director, Center for Inquiry Canada/CFIC/CFI Canada (Part Two).” In-Sight (8.A). Retrieved (http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/15/eric-adriaans-national-executive-director-center-for-inquiry-canadacficcfi-canada-part-two/).

Basic Legal Citation (LII Edition, 2007): Eric Adriaans & Scott Jacobsen, Eric Adriaans: National Executive Director, Center for Inquiry Canada/CFIC/CFI Canada (Part Two), 2015(8) In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal, http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/15/eric-adriaans-national-executive-director-center-for-inquiry-canadacficcfi-canada-part-two/.

Brazilian National Standards (ABNT): Adriaans, E. & JACOBSEN, S. Eric Adriaans: National Executive Director, Center for Inquiry Canada/CFIC/CFI Canada (Part Two). In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal. 8.A, August. 2015. <http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/15/eric-adriaans-national-executive-director-center-for-inquiry-canadacficcfi-canada-part-two/>.

Canadian Anthropology Society (CAS, 2014): Adriaans, Eric, Scott Douglas Jacobsen 2015 Eric Adriaans: National Executive Director, Center for Inquiry Canada/CFIC/CFI Canada (Part Two). In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal. http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/15/eric-adriaans-national-executive-director-center-for-inquiry-canadacficcfi-canada-part-two/.

Chicago/Turabian, Author-Date (16th Edition): Adriaans, Eric & Jacobsen, Scott. 2015. “Eric Adriaans: National Executive Director, Center for Inquiry Canada/CFIC/CFI Canada (Part Two).” In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal. 8.A. http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/15/eric-adriaans-national-executive-director-center-for-inquiry-canadacficcfi-canada-part-two/.

Chicago/Turabian, Humanities (16th Edition): Adriaans, Eric & Jacobsen, Scott “Eric Adriaans: National Executive Director, Center for Inquiry Canada/CFIC/CFI Canada (Part Two).” In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal. 8.A (August 2015). http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/15/eric-adriaans-national-executive-director-center-for-inquiry-canadacficcfi-canada-part-two/.

Council of Science Editors (CSE): Adriaans E, Jacobsen S. Eric Adriaans: National Executive Director, Center for Inquiry Canada/CFIC/CFI Canada (Part Two). In-Sight [Internet]. 2015; Available from: http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/15/eric-adriaans-national-executive-director-center-for-inquiry-canadacficcfi-canada-part-two/.

Entomological Society of America: Adriaans, E., and S. Jacobsen 2015. Eric Adriaans: National Executive Director, Center for Inquiry Canada/CFIC/CFI Canada (Part Two). http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/15/eric-adriaans-national-executive-director-center-for-inquiry-canadacficcfi-canada-part-two/

Harvard: Adriaans, E. & Jacobsen, S. 2015, ‘Eric Adriaans: National Executive Director, Center for Inquiry Canada/CFIC/CFI Canada (Part Two)’, In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal, vol. 8.A. Available from: <http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/15/eric-adriaans-national-executive-director-center-for-inquiry-canadacficcfi-canada-part-two/>.

Harvard, Australian: Adriaans, E. and Jacobsen, S. 2015, ‘Eric Adriaans: National Executive Director, Center for Inquiry Canada/CFIC/CFI Canada (Part Two)’, In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal, vol. 8.A., http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/15/eric-adriaans-national-executive-director-center-for-inquiry-canadacficcfi-canada-part-two/.

Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE): E. Adriaans and S. Jacobsen, “Eric Adriaans: National Executive Director, Center for Inquiry Canada/CFIC/CFI Canada (Part Two),” In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal, vol. 8.A, August 2015. [Online]. Available: http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/15/eric-adriaans-national-executive-director-center-for-inquiry-canadacficcfi-canada-part-two/.

Modern Language Association (MLA, 7th Edition, 2009): Adriaans, Eric, and Scott D. Jacobsen. “Eric Adriaans: National Executive Director, Center for Inquiry Canada/CFIC/CFI Canada (Part Two).” In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal 8.A (2015): August. 2015. Web. <http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/15/eric-adriaans-national-executive-director-center-for-inquiry-canadacficcfi-canada-part-two/>.

National Library of Medicine (2nd Edition, 2007): Adriaans E, Jacobsen SD. Eric Adriaans: National Executive Director, Center for Inquiry Canada/CFIC/CFI Canada (Part Two). In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal [Internet]. 2015 August 15; 8(A). Available from: http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/15/eric-adriaans-national-executive-director-center-for-inquiry-canadacficcfi-canada-part-two/

The Geological Society of America (GSA): Adriaans, E., and Scott Jacobsen 2015, Eric Adriaans: National Executive Director, Center for Inquiry Canada/CFIC/CFI Canada (Part Two): http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/15/eric-adriaans-national-executive-director-center-for-inquiry-canadacficcfi-canada-part-two/.

Vancouver/ICMJE: Adriaans E. and Jacobsen S. Eric Adriaans: National Executive Director, Center for Inquiry Canada/CFIC/CFI Canada (Part Two) [Internet]. (2015, August); 8(A). Available from: http://in-sightjournal.com/2015/08/15/eric-adriaans-national-executive-director-center-for-inquiry-canadacficcfi-canada-part-two/.

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