Our Featured Humanist - Jody Perrin, in memoriam
In July 2018, the Humanist Association of Toronto and many other Toronto communities lost a great ally and friend when Jody Perrin died.
Jody will be widely remembered within HAT as a long time member, Steering Committee member, Book Club organizer, Coordinator and regular participant at The Forum.
The following are some thoughts from Our Community about Jody:
I first met Jody when I joined HAT in 2008 and immediately felt drawn to him. His thoughtful aura, luminous intelligence, compassionate ethic, sometime whimsical sense of humour and the genuineness of his convictions became obvious to all who got to know him. Knowing Jody Perrin made the world feel a better and safer place and this hopeful rendering remains with me even now. – Cornelia
I will remember him as a fine example of human warmth. -Moses
I will always remember Jody for the passion and assertiveness he had when presenting his ideas. - Silvia
I remember him well as someone who strongly fought the corner of Indigenous rights, LGBTQ2S and Trans rights, secular spiritualism and the emotional side of life. Jody instilled in me the need for Humanists to balance the rational, intellectual side with the empathetic, personal and human side. - Richard
My takeaway is that he was a sensitive soul. He appeared to be soft spoken, but then again, I never saw him let loose. I suspect he could be a lot of fun at parties. He had a nice smile. I am glad to have known him. – Mike C.
There was a service for Jody at The Church of the Holy Trinity Anglican church on the afternoon of Oct 14th. Jody volunteered there on the People's Presence desk where the duty was to welcome tourists, visitors and the many homeless people who sheltered in the Church or came in for a cup of coffee. Jody attended the services and a number of fellow parishioners attended the service to pay their respects. Also attending were people representing many of Jody's communities. The Distress Center people (many of whom Jody trained and mentored) spoke of an amazing ability to deeply listen and feel and help those who called for help. Jody loved this work and was perfectly suited to do it. His friends witnessed Jody's commitment to social issues, especially LGBTQ2S rights, Indigenous justice and homelessness. He bemoaned the state of a world obsessed by the rational and disconnected from the emotional. A Long Term illness survivor from a group Jody attended spoke of a keen sense of humour and huge inner strength. Mindfulness group, coffee group, LGBTQ2S community, relatives and close personal friends were all represented and had their stories to tell. None seemed to have the full story of the complex, multi-faceted person Jody was but all noted the indelible mark he left on them.
If there were a sketch artist who could create a composite drawing of a person’s character from their friends’ recollections, Jody’s drawing would be bright, warm and unmistakably humanist.
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