Entries by cfiokanagan

Secular Values Can Be Islamic Values

I have some trepidation over publishing this article. I’m bound to upset some people. There will be some who think I’m too generous to Hassan and others like him who do not always denounce appalling beliefs held by members of their own community. And there will be others who think I’m being Islamophobic and bigoted […]

Baby Jesus Season

Baby Jesus Season will be here soon. In a few short weeks, people will head out to Christmas church services, concerts, plays, potlucks, perhaps even a carolling session — all of which will be focussed around the birth of the Saviour of the world, the Messiah, the King of kings, the Lord of lords. I used […]

Good Without God Winter Clothing Drive

As in past winters, CFI Okanagan recently held its Good Without God Winter Clothing (Etc) Drive. This year, we collected items for the Kelowna Women’s Shelter, the Boys & Girls Club Downtown Youth Centre, Inn From The Cold, and the Kelowna Community Food Bank. Donors were very generous and we collected a lot of stuff […]


Name: Lloyd Birthplace: Edmonton What type of work have you done? I’ve been a pool hall operator and restaurateur, a merchant mariner and an advocate in industrial relations. I’ve also taught in a private post-secondary facility. For the last ten years, I’ve been a researcher.  How do you identify yourself in terms of religion/spirituality? As […]

Blythe Nilson

Name: Blythe Nilson Birthplace: Regina, Saskatchewan What type of work have you done? I have worked as a college and university instructor/professor for over 25 years. When I was younger, I worked as a cashier in a drugstore and also as a waitress in a discotheque. How do you identify yourself in terms of religion/spirituality? […]

Richard Hammell

Name: Richard Hammell Birthplace: Thompson, Manitoba What type of work have you done? I’ve worked mostly as a fabricator, a mechanic, and an electrician. I’ve always ended up fixing things. That’s been the story of my life — fixing things. How would you identify yourself in terms of religion/spirituality? Anti-theist. What are some of your reasons […]

Johanna Faccini

Name: Johanna Faccini Birthplace: Colombia What type of work have you done? I’m a chemical engineer. I have a Master’s degree in environmental engineering, and I was teaching at a university when I was doing my Master’s. Now I am self-employed, and I work in water resources. I’ve also worked as an engineer in the food industry […]

Tania Kuehn

Name:  Tania Kuehn Birthplace: Winnipeg, Manitoba What type of work do you do? I’ve been working in support services (housekeeping, food services, laundry) with Interior Health for almost ten years. In 2012, I took a leave of absence from that job, and I spent most of the year working in a funeral home and crematorium — that […]

CFI Sewing Group

In the winter, a group of people who like to sew joined CFI Okanagan’s sewing group to make toys that would eventually find a good home, with children who would love them. We collected donations of fabric and shared tips, patterns, stuffing, and photos of our creations to help inspire one another. Some of us […]

Zena Ryder

Name: Zena Ryder Birthplace: Britain What type of work do you do?  As well as being the branch manager of CFI Okanagan, I’m working on a PhD in philosophy and raising my kids (including homeschooling one of them). I do other volunteer work too, most recently for for Fair Vote Canada and for the Green […]