In-Sight Journal Interview
In-Sight: Independent Interview-Based Journal published an interview with Eric Adriaans in 2015. The interview was published in two parts and has subsequently been published by Scott Jacobsen in Conatus News and Medium.
Creative writing and journaling has always been an extremely important part of my self-development. Writing allows me to work out my thoughts and try on new ways to communicate. In my poetry, I’ve explored what I think may be new rhyme structures while retaining a deep respect and appreciation for highly formalised structures like sonnets or haiku. I suppose it is the challenge of expressing an idea or creating an image within a pre-determined structure that appeals to me. So often people think they want to do something that is “outside the box” when they may not even know what they can do inside the box.
Freedom of Expression
During my brief (2014-2016) and fascinating service as National Executive Director of Centre For Inquiry Canada I was honoured to be invited to serve on the external advisory committee to Canada’s Office of Religious Freedom (now Office of Human Rights Freedoms and Inclusion) and led several initiatives to oppose Canada’s blasphemous libel law. As a poet and writer, I remain deeply interested in matters of freedom of expression – and opposed to blasphemy laws. I expect Canada’s blasphemy law to finally come to an end in 2018.
“It is time the Canadian government actively opposed blasphemy laws and the brutality and violence they precipitate,” said Eric Adriaans, national executive director of the CFI, in a statement. Keeping Canada’s law, he says, undercuts any credibility Canada has in denouncing blasphemy laws abroad.
Mr. Adriaans agrees. “We defend and promote everybody’s right to discuss, criticize and ridicule ideas and beliefs, even when this offends other people,” he said. “We have rights, our beliefs do not.”
I worked with a great team of volunteers to produce several mission-oriented brand assets for CFI Canada. Key features included this brief introductory video and a small collection of organization logos.
During my time at the Canadian Red Cross Society (2006-2014), a considerable portion of my time was spent with the organization’s community support programs such as meals on wheels, health equipment loans and accessible transportation. In 2010, I completed NAFA’s Certified Automotive Fleet Manager Program.
Although Adriaans had a truck license, which gave him credibility around training and driver issues, he knew he needed fleet-specific expertise, particularly around the legislative changes pertaining to accessibility, to enhance his 20 years of non-profit experience.
“The credibility is tied less to the letters after your name than to the knowledge acquired through the CAFM program,” says Adriaans, whose community support services include Meals on Wheels, senior and accessible transportation and the health equipment loan program.