Meet the interns: Emily Johnson

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

I grew up in a pro-life household, so I always kind of knew about the topic. As I got older and began to learn more about the statistics and science, I was floored that people could know this and not do anything about it. So I decided to do something, and when CCBR came through Ottawa in the summer of 2014 I did my first activism projects. There was no turning back once I actually saw minds being changed by what we were doing, and I’ve been involved ever since.

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When did you first come into contact with CCBR?

I first heard about CCBR when a family friend began working for them, but I didn't volunteer with them until 2014 when they came to Ottawa with their interns at the time.

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

I’m a very quiet, shy person, and I like to avoid conflict, so engaging with complete strangers on such a controversial topic is always a little bit daunting for me. 

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

I’m always looking to improve my knowledge and skills to be a loving, and effective pro-life ambassador. I can’t wait to receive training on so many different points, as well as getting to know more likeminded people!

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

Two years ago, in 2015, I did the CCBR two month internship and it was absolutely amazing! By far one of the best things I’ve done. It surpassed every one of my expectations. It was so good, that I decided to do it again this year! 

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

Honestly, William Wilberforce has always been a huge inspiration for me. And when I learned about him during my last internship, he was only more inspiring! He was fighting an issue that was much more rooted in their culture and he was able to change that. Seeing the cultural change that he and his small team were able to make gives me hope and encouragement for the work that I take part in.
If you were a coloured animal, what would you be?

This is probably the hardest question on this whole form! I think I’d be a blue jungle cat.

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

Ice cream all the way!