As you may have heard, CFI Canada/Ontario lost their directors. They have found someone to step in for a little while until they find someone permanent. What kind of qualities do we want in our CFI directors?
I think he should be strikingly handsome. He should be well educated. He should be patient. He should be drama free. In fact, drama should confuse him as it is an inefficient time sink. He should love science! He should love science fiction! He should be a great educator and think education is really important. He should enjoy long walks on the beach as well as long pedantic talks about philosophy. He should have experience debating people in a calm and polite manner. He should have a solid philosophy about what he believes in. He should dress well, but not too hip…it might scare away the old traditional white dudes.
Oh but most of all… He should have a wife/partner who is wonderful, pretty and outspoken. :D
I think they found the perfect guy in….*drum roll* John Xu!!
(Who I also happen to be marrying in … 25 days. Shit!)
Today CFI announced that John will be taking the wheel for a little while until they find a permanent person for the job. I think John will do wonderfully at this job. Because he is so wonderful. Here is the official press release:
CFI Appoints John Xu as Acting Toronto Director at our National Office
The Board of Directors of CFI Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of John Xu as Acting Director of CFI Canada’s Toronto Branch.
John has been involved with CFI since 2007, and brings a great deal of experience in the freethought movement to the position. We are grateful to John for stepping in to this important role. (See below for an introductory message from John).
We would also like to thank former Toronto Branch Director Jaimy Warner, who has graciously offered to help to reacquaint John with the position, and to participate in the search for a permanent Toronto Executive Director.
Board of Directors
Centre for Inquiry, Canada
A Message from John Xu
My name is John Xu, and I am honoured and excited to be offered the position of Acting Director at the Centre for Inquiry Toronto. I have had a long history here at the Centre, first getting involved in 2007 as a volunteer. That was the first time I discovered people who not only shared my worldview, but are also enthusiastic about creating a community of reason. CFI Canada is where I met some of my best and most interesting friends, and It has always felt like home to me.
CFI inspired me to co-found a freethinker student group at York University, which is still alive and well today. Through the help of CFI Canada donors, I was able to attend a Secularism conference in New York.
Since I first came to the Centre, I have occupied the positions of volunteer, intern and assistant director. I have also been involved in other related initiatives such as the Freethought Association of Canada and the Canadian Secular Alliance.
I have always been very grateful to CFI and what it has done for me, and I would like to give back to the community. CFI Toronto has been in transition, and I will be seeking to return the branch to its accustomed productivity.
Working with the truly excellent volunteers here at the Centre, I will uphold the values CFI Canada represents and carry the torch until a permanent director for CFI Toronto is found.