Meet the interns: Adriana Westerhof
What motivated you to join the pro-life movement? What continues to motivate you?
Growing up in a Christian family I always felt like I was somehow part of the pro-life movement through activities like life-chain and listening to pro-life speakers. However, my perspective and motivation completely changed when I joined Western Lifeline, the pro-life club at Western University this past year. Here I saw the passion the other group members had for the pro-life movement and was truly confronted with how we can actually make a difference, even as young students. I am motivated by my experience of going to the late-term abortion clinic in Florida this past February with the CCBR team. Being there was such a powerful experience and made abortion that much more real for me.
When did you first come into contact with CCBR?
I was first introduced to the CCBR in September of this past year through Oriyana Hrycyshyn and Maria McCann who are both members of Western Lifeline.
What made you choose this organization?
I chose CCBR because of how effective their strategies are at changing minds and hearts and because of the passionate people I have met from the organization.
If you had to name your greatest challenge in joining the pro-life movement, what would it be?
My greatest challenge in joining the pro-life movement is probably feeling inadequate as to really being able to make a difference and represent the cause well.
What do you hope you will learn from CCBR this summer?
I hope to learn how to be a better advocate for the pre-born, both to people who are not pro-life, but also to those who are pro-life but do not necessarily feel motivated to do anything about it.
What has been your best experience in the pro-life movement so far? Why?
My best experience in the pro-life movement has definitely been GAP because it has allowed me to grow so much both in terms of my passion for the movement as well as in my knowledge of how to be a better advocate.
Who in history inspires you to believe you can make a change? Why?
I am inspired by William Wilberforce, a social reformer who worked with a small group of highly-motivated individuals to make slavery unthinkable, and in doing so, illegal. He motivates me because he makes me realize that even though the pro-life movement may not seem large or powerful, it doesn’t mean that it can’t be effective. He gives me confidence that this generation can be the one to make abortion unthinkable.
If you were a coloured animal, what would you be?
I would be a purple penguin.
You'll be doing activism outside all summer, so this one's important: ice cream or slushies?
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