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Humanists, Atheists, & Agnostics of Manitoba

Today’s HAAM (Humanists, Atheists, & Agnostics of Manitoba) is just the latest of several Humanist organizations in Manitoba going back to the 1920s, with the Winnipeg Rationalist Society, and later, Marshall J. Gauvin’s Winnipeg Humanist Society. The current organization began around 1992 and was originally known as the Humanist Association of Winnipeg. Many of our original members came together through their association with the Unitarian Universalist Church, and for a while, meetings were held there.

Today’s HAAM (Humanists, Atheists, & Agnostics of Manitoba) is just the latest of several Humanist organizations in Manitoba going back to the 1920s, with the Winnipeg Rationalist Society, and later, Marshall J. Gauvin’s Winnipeg Humanist Society.

The current organization began around 1992 and was originally known as the Humanist Association of Winnipeg. Many of our original members came together through their association with the Unitarian Universalist Church, and for a while, meetings were held there. Our first president was Cecil Drummond Muldrew (1923 – 2004). Cec (as he was known) is listed by the Manitoba Historical Society as one of our Memorable Manitobans. Other founding members were Len Evans (long-time MLA for Brandon East) and Barrie Webster. In the mid 90s, the name was changed to Humanist Association of Manitoba, since not all members lived in Winnipeg. Cec was followed as president by Helen Friesen, Barrie Webster, Jeffrey Olsson, Donna Harris, and now Pat Morrow.

HAAM has come a long way since its inception. Back then, meetings were generally just a few people getting together socially to talk about the issues of the day. Today, HAAM has a solid membership base, and with the advent of social media, a broad range of supporters from around the province, the country, and even internationally.

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