Founded in 2005, the Halton-Peel Humanist Community (HPHC) is a community group that advocates separation of government and religion. We are affiliated with Humanist Canada, which is a non-profit charitable organization, and are a member organization of Humanists International (formerly the International Humanist and Ethical Union) .

We support the search for meaning in a non-supernatural world. Science, reason and compassion are at the heart of this secular world view. We work toward secular and rational approaches to law, ethics, and social welfare.

Our brochure in both English and French can also be downloaded below.

English Brochure [165 kb]

French Brochure [163 kb]

  • To promote a secular society in which the independence of civic governance from religious influence is a fundamental tenet of public affairs.
  • To promote rational dialogue and thought in the formation of public policy.
  • To defend the rights of Humanists, Secularists, Atheists and Freethinkers and to oppose any attempts to impose religious-based laws and beliefs on the general population.
  • To support the right of individuals to decide their own futures in accordance with their belief systems and without interference from religion or other dogma so long as their activities do not interfere with the ability of others to enjoy their rights.

Religion is not necessary to lead moral and meaningful lives. The Halton-Peel Humanist community, with members members throughout those two regions, is guided by several important principles, including the acceptance of personal and collective responsibility, the application of critical thinking, respect for others and actions that are fair, honest and cooperative.

It is time for the non-religious to make their voices heard.

The Halton-Peel Humanist Community and affiliated regional Humanist groups provide Atheists/Agnostics and other freethinkers with an extensive network of people who share their philosophy and support their way of life. This includes monthly discussions, socializing, officiant services for weddings and funerals, and outreach programs such as non-religious support for Humanist and other atheist and agnostic hospital patients.

By mobilizing our human resource network, skills and funds, we are an effective vehicle for initiating socio-political reform in Ontario. We actively campaign for civil rights issues dealing with marriage, health, employment, education and social welfare. For example, we are actively involved with the One School System Network in Ontario seeking to eliminate the public funding of religious education.

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We hold regular events and meetings. More information can be found in our Group

2020-21 Executive Board Members

George Cordahi
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Born in Egypt to observant Syrian Orthodox parents, then joined siblings in Canada as a teen. Seeds of freethought germinated while still in Egypt, but sprouted in my early twenties from reading Ayn Rand. While never a follower of Ayn Rand she must be credited for clearing cobwebs from my mind.
Kelly Bogart
vice-pres AT hp-hc DOT ca
I have been an atheist since birth. I have a deep appreciation for what mankind has achieved through science and reason. I believe all ideas should be open to criticism.
Richard Dowsett
treasurer AT hp-hc DOT ca
Supporter of Humanism as a positive, ethical life-stance and lens through which I view the world. Community and Communication are fundamental to happiness and peace; bad things begin where community and communication end. Striving to be Open, Honest & Authentic.
Jerry Bakker
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Over the years I have worked and became friends with people from around the world. I would ask questions about their cultures and religions because I am interested in how others live their lives. But I was also questioning my Catholic upbringing and looking for something that reflected my personal values without all the things I objected to in the church. My search led to Humanism
John Setterfield
Membership Coordinator and Event Organizer
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Born in Toronto, raised in Brampton. My parents were very active in the U.C. of C. but allowed me to come to my own conclusions about religion. I embraced Secular Humanism in the mid 2000s and have been a member of HPHC since 2015.
Kostas Tsembelis
eratosthenes AT hp-hc DOT ca
Born in Greece at the height of the military junta, he remained a human rights proponent ever since. At the age of 19, he left Greece for the UK and got a First Class degree in astrophysics and a PhD in space sciences. In 2006 he crossed the Pond and now lives in Ottawa. His turn to irreligion was very gradual but in the end, logic prevailed. Like many new atheists he went through a phase of being very polemic to theism and religion but now tends to leave theists in peace unless they want to impose their views on him and, especially, on the legal framework of the country. This is where he makes his stand. "I expect and demand equal rights and freedom of expression and beliefs for all."
Donald Funston
Born in Canada, baptized Presbyterian, parted company with religion and gods at eighteen when it became clear to me that the Genesis creation story, among others in the Bible, were not credible..
Cameron Soltys
Born in London, Ontario and raised Roman Catholic until he made the mistake of trying to learn more about his faith through reading the Bible. Now a proud Humanist working towards a better world through science-based decision making.

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