Written by Rebecca Richmond, Executive Director
“I just wish I could do this full-time.” The thought kept popping into my head as an undergraduate student several years ago. I had become involved in founding and leading – thanks to some peer pressure – the pro-life club at the University of Ottawa. The realization of how important it was to reach out to our peers with the pro-life message had somehow made my paralyzing shyness less paralyzing and was shifting my plans, my priorities, and my future.
And so, upon my graduation in 2010, I was recruited to work with National Campus Life Network as the Executive Director. I was doing campus pro-life outreach full-time. I was no longer reaching one campus but helping students across Canada reach their campuses too. One year on staff turned into two and somehow turned into five.
Five years of working with incredible staff members and board members – past and present. These women and men constantly inspire me with their dedication, their talents, and their passion. They have challenged me, encouraged me, and journeyed with me as we’ve navigated the challenges and opportunities of the Student Pro-Life Movement. I am very excited to see Anastasia Pearse take on the direction of NCLN, bringing her determination and enthusiasm to the organization and the movement in a new way. Although I’ll be leaving staff, I look forward to continued involvement with this wonderful organization.
Five years of working with the most amazing students in the country. Students who make sacrifices on a daily basis with their time, as they balance multiple commitments with their life-saving work. Students who persevere and are bold and courageous even when facing censorship, discrimination or opposition on campus. Students who speak the truth with great love and great compassion, who are becoming – and are already – the nation’s great pro-life leaders. Students who graduate and go on to lead in pro-life organizations, in their fields and in their families.
As a student, I experienced how critical the support of NCLN and its staff was to the success of our pro-life club and my growth as a leader. After five years on staff with NCLN, I believe even more strongly in the importance of pro-life campus outreach and the essential way that National Campus Life Network equips students to be leaders at universities across Canada.
I have seen firsthand the difficulties that the university environment can present. But I have also seen firsthand how much hope there is on campuses, and how student leaders and NCLN are making a real difference in real lives and in the future of our nation. I believe in universities – and I’m going to return to university now. I believe in students – and I’m going to be a student once again. It will be incredibly difficult to leave this staff team, but I am looking forward to returning to university to pursue graduate studies. Universities produce Canada’s next generation of leaders – I intend to be one of them.
I will be stepping down from the Executive Director position on July 31st and officially leaving staff on August 31st. I am very grateful for the encouragement and support of NCLN’s staff and board during this time of transition, and I look forward to my continued involvement in this incredible organization.
Will you help me support NCLN in its incredible work? I am becoming a monthly donor. Would you consider a monthly or one-time donation in order to support us through this time of transition?