Meet the interns: Tikvah Gilman

What motivated you to join the pro-life movement? What continues to motivate you?

In the summer of 2014 there was a war between Hamas and Israel. Protests were being done all over the world by people who wanted peace. One day I was reading an article about a particular protest in Calgary, Alberta. The protest was peaceful until the anti-protesters came to the scene. They started chanting, “Death to the Jews,” and they were doing the Hitler salute, pushing the Jewish people down to the ground, and spitting on them. It was painful realizing that there were people in my own country who wanted me and my family to be dead just because we were Jewish. I felt so small. So angry. I didn’t get it. A couple of days later I was going to the GTA to volunteer with CCBR doing activism. I didn’t want to go. I didn’t feel like stepping outside of my comfort zone. I never enjoyed speaking to people about controversial subjects. As I sat thinking about my people, the Jewish people, I couldn’t help but think of the 300 pre-born babies who were being killed that day and who would be killed the next day, and the next. Then this thought came to me, “If people were coming to kill me and my family, wouldn’t I want someone to get in the way between us and them? This is what I need to do for the pre-born. I need to get in the way between the pre-born children and those who want to end their life.” That is what motivated me that week of activism and that thought continues to motivate me.

When did you first come into contact with CCBR?

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I first heard of CCBR through my sister in 2012 when she did the summer internship.

What made you choose this organization? 

CCBR gives excellent training and their projects are very effective. I also must say their staff are pretty great people. 

If you had to name your greatest challenge in joining the pro-life movement, what would it be? 

Probably the fact that I don’t really like controversy. :) 

What do you hope you will learn from CCBR this summer? 

I hope to become a more effective and compassionate pro-life ambassador, and learn how to train others to do the same. 

What has been your best experience in the pro-life movement so far? Why?

I have had some pretty great experiences with the pro-life movement but hands down my best experience would have been last summer when I did CCBR’s high-school internship! Every day I got to witness hearts and minds being changed and lives being saved. And I got to do it alongside some of the most selfless, loving, wonderful people out there. 

Who in history inspires you to believe you can make a change? Why? 

So many people inspire me! However, the first one that comes to mind is Martin Luther King Jr. He was a leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He stood up and took action for what is right even though it wasn’t going to be safe or easy. I want to be like him.

If you were a coloured animal, what would you be?

I would be a Pink Pony.

You'll be doing activism outside all summer, so this one's important: ice cream or slushies?

I am going to have to go with slushies because a slushie is happiness in a cup.