Clifford Garrard, B.A., M.Sc., served in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Caribbean and the USA, as student, overseas development volunteer and, for 32 years, Foreign Service officer. Work included environmental affairs, foreign aid, political-intelligence assessments and, in Northern Ireland, conflict resolution within the peace process. Past Director, Canada’s Middle East Relations division, he was Canada’s representative on the Joint Intelligence Committee, UK Cabinet Office, and is on the Advisory Council, Population Matters, PIC’s British vis à vis.
Tony Advokaat, B.A. (Honour’s, French & German), studied at the U. of Munich. He taught high school in Ontario, then joined the Foreign Service. Japanese language training was followed by a lengthy Canadian Embassy, Tokyo, tour and subsequent assignments in Ottawa, Saudi Arabia and Germany from where he retired after 35 years service.
Sheila Ayala is a long-time Canadian Humanists member, serving for several years as its Senior Administrator until 2005. She worked on the Charter of Rights & Freedoms petition, handled Humanist media relations, and campaigned against Sharia law in Ontario. She also served on Board of Secular Ontario. PIC duties include maintaining membership data and correspondence, and, as Treasurer, recording/managing finances.
Cindy Graham, B.A., (Political Science), Dalhousie University; School of Media & Design, Algonquin College (Professional Writing program, including speech writing, social media & desktop publishing, power-point presentations, media releases, web & print-based writing for target audiences). Dean’s Honours List, Best Blog Honourable Mention for “Repratriating the Ex-Pat” on returning to Canada after living 12 years in Japan. While there co-coordinated fundraising project to aid relief for victims of 2011 Tohoku earthquake. Researcher, Dovercourt Editorial Services, Ottawa; Researcher & Contributor, Vanier Institute of the Family. PIC duties include producing monthly Newsletter, timely/significant items for Home Page website Newsroom & as a regular contributor to PIC’s Facebook & Twitter pages & its Blog.
David Horley, M.Sc., Queen’s University (MBA credits, York U.); Polymer Corporation ( R & D; Marketing); then Ontario Department, Trade & Development; then 30-year Foreign Service (Trade). Embassy assignments: Brussels; Washington, DC (World Bank & Inter American Development Bank, liaison); Zaire/Congo; Beijing, China; London, UK (Alternate Director, Cda & Morocco) European Bank for Reconstruction & Development. In retirement be was Hanoi (Resident Director, Oxfam Quebec) then, for 6 years (communications & policy) was on Board of National Assn. of Federal Retirees, Ottawa Branch.
Jon Legg, B.Eng., retired diplomat, graduated from two Canadian military colleges and McGill. He served in the Navy, then thirty-one year in the Foreign Affairs – six assignments abroad, plus study/visits to 35 countries with the National Defence College. After retiring he was President of a local community association and “Dialogue Canada”, a national unity group. He is a member of the Canadian Association for the Club of Rome and has been its Chairman.
Si Mills has 15 years experience as a graphic artist and web designer, working with a range of organisations and nonprofits including the World Cities Network and the International Health Partnership. Harnessing cutting-edge technologies, he strives to deliver clean, eye-catching, user-focussed websites that clearly communicate a business’ objective and mission. Based in the UK, he heads a freelance web design, development company (www.sjm-create.co.uk) and maintains a keen interest in sustainability-based projects and causes.
Raine Sumner has had a music career that brought critical acclaim. A versatile singer/songwriter, she produced an eclectic mixture of pop and dance/electronic songs and ballads with catchy melodies, up-tempo beats and sensitive lyrics. She toured extensively, her music being broadcast in the US, Canada and Europe and featured in independent film and TV. In addition to a deep, abiding commitment to population issues, she still creates music for causes believed in, recently a “Rise Up” video dedicated to protecting endangered elephants.
Osamu Wakabayashi, B.A. Honours, Commerce, University of Hakodate, Japan. A marketing consultant and web designer, he has worked with businesses, governments and nonprofits to “promote a more sustainable world”. At Natural Resources Canada, he travelled internationally to advance sustainable building and community development. In 2007, he was project leader demonstrating the first Net Zero Energy home in Japan. He owns a design company (www.zenideas.ca) that strives for “smart, bold and enduring visual identity and communications” with emphasis on simplicity to create visual media components that communicate to best effect.
Jo is a long-time, loyal member of PIC. She assists particularly in “hands on”, special projects, but also in ongoing research relating to website updating and outreach advocacy. Jo believes passionately that women world wide deserve the same reproductive rights and choices as are available to women in Canada, no more, no less.