VOLUNTEER
Do you want to help with one of our campaigns or to help organize one of our events? Or maybe you want to help establish a new Humanist group in your area?

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Prospective volunteers will be asked to provide some details on their work history and expected to agree to the SHC's policies including its privacy policy.

CURRENT NEEDS

We are currently seeking volunteers for a few specific roles. Let us know below if you'd like to apply for any of these positions.

TREASURER

General responsibilities of the Treasurer   


The treasurer will oversee the financial matters of the nonprofit in line with good practice and in
accordance with the governing document and legal requirements and report to the board of directors at regular intervals about the financial health of the organization.


The nonprofit board treasurer deals with the organization’s finances and makes important decisions regarding spending and investing. This role is a demanding and engaging one, with a lot of responsibility and opportunity to initiate change.

A nonprofit treasurer takes on the following responsibilities:

  • Reconciles bank accounts and produces financial statements, which they present at board meetings

  • Ensures tax-related documents and legal forms are filed on time, such as the documents required to maintain the organization’s tax-exempt status

  • Serves as chair of finance and financial officer of the organization

  • Manages, with the finance committee, the board’s review of and action on its financial responsibilities

  • Assists the chief executive or the chief financial officer in preparing the annual budget and presenting it to the board for approval

  • Reviews the annual audit and answers board members’ questions


Usually, a nonprofit board treasurer should be someone who already has experience in bookkeeping or accounting — but that’s not always necessary. A board treasurer may simply be someone who is highly trustworthy since they’ll be responsible for producing financial statements and handling the organization’s funds.

Requirements:

  • Lives in Calgary

  • Canadian citizen

  • 18 years or older

  • Paid membership

  • Self Motivated

  • Dedicated and Committed

  • Values discretion and confidentiality

7 Qualities Possessed by All Great NonProfit Treasurers:

  1. Critical Thinking - You should have the ability to appraise your organization's financial standing, policies, and procedures in order to make recommendations regarding the financial decisions that will be made.

  2. Aptitude for Organization - All good treasurers possess excellent organizational abilities. They work with accuracy and keep impeccable records.

  3. Strategic Planning - The ability to synthesize cause and effect scenarios (with regard to potential financial decisions the organization will make) is necessary for a treasurer to accelerate their organization's growth and future success.

  4. Creativity - When it comes to generating funds and cutting expenses, new ideas and creativity are key in an ever-changing and developing organization.

  5. Clear Communication - In one sense of the position, treasurers act as financial ambassadors on behalf of the rest of the board. It is essential that an organization's treasurer be able to communicate complex financial concepts in easy-to-understand, jargon-free, layman's terms.

  6. Basic Accounting Skills - If fortunate enough to do so, non-profit organizations would only select individuals with accounting skills on the level of a CFO or controller. Most often, however, nonprofit boards only expect their treasurers to have basic accounting skills and an aptitude to learn more.

  7. Knowledge of Your NonProfit Organization's Bylaws - A firm understanding of the organization's bylaws will ensure you maintain the finances to the standard of the organization's rules and those of your local, state, and federal government.

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CAMPAIGNS SUPPORT
We devote much of our time to campaigning and lobbying on behalf of the non-religious as well as for freedom of religion, belief, speech, thought, and expression more generally. We work for an open society and a secular province with no religious privilege or discrimination based on religion or belief.

 

We also campaign for a rational approach to public ethical issues in order to contribute to a public life where decisions are made on evidence rather than on the basis of irrational beliefs or religious doctrines.

 

We are looking for research support for our campaign work. Applicants should have strong written communication skills, demonstrate critical and analytical thinking and be proficient with social media. The commitment will vary but applicants should be able to provide at least 2 hours per week.

Education and Schools

We will campaign for an inclusive and secular education system – one publically funded school system which equally respects the rights and freedoms of pupils of all backgrounds. 

 

Our secular approach to education would see faith schools phased out and compulsory worship abolished to ensure that all publicly funded schools are equally welcoming to all children, regardless of their religious or nonreligious backgrounds, gender, orientation and ethenicities.

Separate Religion and Government

We will campaign for the separation of religion and gov. This includes ending Speaker prayers in the Legislature as a formal part of government business and diestablishing the government prayer breakfast.

In a secular democracy all citizens are equal before the law and parliament. No religious or political affiliation gives advantages or disadvantages and religious believers are citizens with the same rights and obligations as anyone else. In the 21st century no religion should be granted a privileged position.

 

Secularism is crucial to successful democratic governance across the world: this is just as true in the Alberta as it is in the Middle East. We campaign for a secular democracy with a separation of religion and gov, where everyone's human rights are respected equally.

Equality & Human Rights

We will campaign for the law and the administration of justice to be based on equality, respect for human rights, and on objective evidence. In a secular democracy everyone is equal before the law, regardless of religion, belief or non-belief.

We seek to ensure that human rights do not lose out to religious demands, and challenge inappropriate or discriminatory exemptions to equality law for religious groups.

Secular Healthcare

We will campaign for an inclusive and secular healthcare system. Our secular approach to healthcare would see the separate Catholic Healthcare System know as "Covenant Health," phased out.

 

The generally secular nature of our health services is what allows them to serve people of all faiths and none equally, and to welcome people of all faiths and none into the noble endeavour of healthcare. Secularism should be a professional standard, so that patient care not religious concerns always comes first.

We campaign to protect patients from the harm caused by the imposition on them of other people's religious values. We advocate for a secular approach to current major health issues. We are opposed to religious influences in medicine where these adversely affect the manner in which medical practice is performed. We support patient autonomy and challenge pro-religious discrimination particularly in those areas of medicine where reasonable personal choice is threatened.

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