Meet the interns: Kristian Shortridge

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

I joined the pro-life movement at the beginning of high school as soon as I learned what abortion really was. Until that time I had never even heard of abortion, but as soon as I became aware I knew I had to do what I could to end the culture of death.

When did you first come into contact with CCBR? 

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I encountered CCBR through a good friend of mine in my first year at UBC. She had done several internships with CCBR and was working in a part time position with them. She always spoke very highly of the organization and eventually I had to find out for myself!

What made you choose this organization?  

CCBR shares the same values as myself in all aspects of the pro-life movement. They focus on education and awareness over legislation and spread their message with love and truth.

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

I hope to increase my own abilities and experience with activism to bring back to the Vancouver area. I also hope to work more closely with the CCBR staff to create a plan for my home province of BC, as it is in desperate need of more of this type of activism, as well as the ever present goal of saving lives with each conversation, and how to do so more effectively.

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

My best experience with the pro-life movement has to be the Florida GAP trip. Through CCBR we were able to reach several campuses in Florida while growing as individuals and meeting other passionate activists. In one week I had more training, more conversations, and more testimonies than I had in 2 years of activism on my own campus.

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

St. Paul inspires me in that aspect because he brought the Christian faith to the gentiles. He changed the landscape of his time by preaching the word of God, even in what at the time was a hostile world that challenged his faith consistently throughout his ministry.

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

I suppose I would be a Raven, and if it needs a colour I’d say white, to contrast the norm.

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

Ice cream all the way!