What an amazing year we’ve had! We’d like to thank all our students, staff, and supporters for being part of what has been a blessed year of life-affirming, life-saving work at NCLN!
We’d like to share with you some highlights from the last 12 months of campus outreach in Canada (not in any particular order):
Some Personal Highlights:
- Central Campus Coordinator Clarissa Luluquisin – now Mrs. Clarissa Canaria – got married on May 10th.
- NCLN Board members and former staff Theresa Gilbert and Sarah Hall gave birth to baby boys.
- Western Campus Coordinator, Anastasia Pearse, graduated from Trinity Western University with a Masters degree in Leadership in November.
Campus Movement Highlights:
- Students run successful clubs tables during both the winter and fall semesters, sometimes dealing with red tape because of groundless complaints lodged against them (Waterloo, Niagara), sometimes facing protesters (York), and sometimes having vandals throw used kitty litter at them and steal their fetal models (UVic).
- SNMAC Tours reach thousands of students in B.C. and Ontario with the message of hope and healing
- To mark the 26th anniversary of the R. v. Morgentaler decision, NCLN teamed up with Campaign Life Coalition for a social media campaign to raise awareness of the anniversary and of the opposition of today’s youth to the status quo on abortion. The #SurvivedMorgentaler campaign resonated with students and other young Canadians and reached thousands of people via social media.
- NCLN took an active part in the #No2Niki social media campaign, after MP Niki Ashton introduced a motion that would declare that access to abortion is a “fundamental question of equality and human rights, both in Canada and around the world.” Through videos, Twitter, and many letters to politicians, the campaign gained traction. The NDP did not end up putting the motion to a vote after all.
- Students participated in their local March for Life, as well as dinners hosted by NCLN in Victoria and Ottawa. NCLN staff in Ottawa performed a parody about clubs based on the movie Frozen. Even those unable to attend in person were able to support the March through social media, as part of the #WhyWeMarch campaign.
- NCLN’s first ever Summer Semester engaged students in B.C. and Ontario in training and activism through the summer months. This also included the popular #CommodityCulture events, featuring presentations on the linkages between abortion, pornography, and rape culture on Canadian campuses.
- The 2014 Symposium motivated students to become a generation of patriots as students were encouraged to build their pro-life leadership skills and move our culture from one of apathy to action.
- Abortion Debates, coordinated with NCLN, attracted students across Canada. In Ontario students hosted debates between Maaike Rosendal of CCBR and a late-term abortionists. In B.C. debates between Stephanie Gray and pro-choice opponents even garnered international attention thanks to protesters trying to shut down the debate at the University of Victoria.
Our staff and board at NCLN are looking forward to what 2015 will bring!