The Eramosa Institute

The Eramosa Institute, presenter of The Guelph Lecture — On Being Canadian, exists to promote and foster public dialogue on, and greater understanding of, ideas and issues of concern to Canadians. Still, we hope you haven’t come here looking for answers.  But if it’s questions you have, you’re in good company. Everyone involved with this fledgling organization thinks it’s important to ask questions about what’s going on in our society. Because before you can formulate a question, you have to be paying attention. Attention to what’s going on around you. Attention to what’s happening in other parts of the world.

You also have to be able to make distinctions. You have to distinguish between what is and what could be. Otherwise, what is there to question? What choices are we really able to make?  And, of course, choices imply values. We have to value one thing more than another before we will choose it. So what do we value about Canadian society? What does it mean to be Canadian?

Our first project, called The Guelph Lecture – On Being Canadian, attempts to create dialogue on this subject, and has a special interest in ensuring that young voices join the conversation.

The Eramosa Institute is a Charitable Organization that exists

  • to promote and foster public dialogue on, and greater understanding of, ideas and issues of concern to Canadians by supporting or organizing lectures, seminars and forums on topics relating to public policy, social justice and the humanities;

  • to conduct research on matters relating to public policy, social justice and the humanities; and to publish, disseminate or otherwise make publicly available the results of this research; and

  • to foster the exchange of such information with individuals, groups and with other research and educational institutions.

Initially, and possibly on an ongoing basis, the above activities will be organized and managed by volunteers. Eventually, staff may be hired, funding may be acquired, and the scope of activities may grow to include efforts designed

  • to advance or increase understanding of public policy and social justice issues and the humanities in Canada and internationally by supporting research or projects by meritorious individuals or organizations through awarding scholarships, fellowships, bursaries or grants that will assist them in preparing, completing or disseminating their work.

Organizing Committee and Volunteers

Joy Roberts (Chair), Valerie Hall (President), Shawn Van Sluys (Director), Taylor Moran (Community Coordinator), Thomas Aldridge, Michael Barnstijn, Sue Bennett, In’am Carere, Helene Duguay, Carmen Evans, Karen Farbridge,  Peter Grimaldi, Jeremy Luke Hill, Kristin Honey, Jaya James, Katie Junkin, Sandra Lastovic, Kyle Mackie, Louise MacCallum, Shannon McIntyre, Douglas McMullen, Christine Moran, John Moran, Claire Mussar, Judith Nasby, Amy Puthon, Larry Shantz, Jonathan VanderSteen, Tarah Walsh, Marva Wisdom.

As a not-for-profit organization, a great deal of the behind the scenes work is done by dedicated volunteers.  If you would like to help out with the Guelph Lecture — On Being Canadian please contact Taylor Moran. taylor@theguelphlecture.com