This post was written for Youth Protecting Youth by
YPYExec. It does not necessarily represent the views of NCLN.
By Kamilah Thorpe
I took this picture of my desk last year at around New Year’s time. I took it out of humour because I couldn’t help but laugh at the extent to which my desk had fallen into disarray. It was so extreme that I felt I had to capture it. But the main reason I took it was to remind me never to let such a mess happen again.
Last night when I was sorting through photos on my desktop and came across it again, I was struck by a rather philosophical idea: Why do we make New Year’s resolutions? Why is it so necessary for us to feel like we have a fresh start—a new chance to change for the better?
I think one reason is that we feel the need to learn from the past and move on.
And the beautiful thing about life is that every New Year—every day really—we get a fresh start to take a snap shot of what went wrong and put it behind us, moving towards a better future.
In my experience being a part of YPY, but also in many other outreach and service-related things I’ve done, I have met many people who suffer the pain caused by choices that they had made in the past. I would venture to say that some of the deepest pain I have seen has been the pain experienced by women who have lost their children.
Abortion is a tragedy in that it ends the life of a child, but it is also a tragedy for that child’s mother. The choice to have an abortion is very often a choice that is accompanied by hurt, rejection, and fear, regardless of the quick relief that it might bring to an extremely stressful situation.
This last year has left thousands of women hurting from abortion and I sincerely hope that each one receives the love and support that she needs to heal. I truly hope that this New Year can be one of healing and new life for every woman who has had to experience the trauma of abortion.
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Whether you’re returning to university for another year, starting university for the first time, or watching kids, grandkids or relatives begin their year, it’s an exciting time. Remember that NCLN is here to support the pro-life message on universities and colleges by supporting the amazing students who are leaders for life on campus.
Here’s a reminder of what we can do for you:
- Personalized Support: Interested in starting a club or nervous about taking on a leadership role? Our Campus Coordinators will meet up for you in-person or by phone/Skype to help you go through the process of starting or running a club. We’re available on Skype, Facebook, Twitter, text message, email and smoke signals. (Okay, maybe not the smoke signals…)
- Training: Have you booked an NCLN staff member to provide your club with training this fall? We will come to your campus to offer presentations on how to dialogue and defend the pro-life position as well as on effective strategies for on-campus activism.
- Our Annual National Symposium: This is THE essential training event for pro-life students in Canada. All clubs should be sending leaders to bring back training, resources, connections and inspiration to their campuses. For more information, check out our website: www.ncln.ca/symposium
- Resources designed for campus: Need amazing pro-life resources to distribute to your peers? Take a look at what we offer and let us know what you need.
- Guides and Manuals: Wondering how to lead your pro-life club or how to run effective activities? Email your campus coordinator to get a copy of our club manual as well as guides such as:
-Hosting Silent No More Awareness Campaign on campus
-Hosting a Guest Speaker or Debate
-Running Clubs Days/Tabling
- Encouragement and Connections: Don’t forget to connect with us on social media so as to stay up to date on events and news and to be connected with the broader Campus Student Movement in Canada and internationally.
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Don’t hesitate to contact us!:
Rebecca Richmond, Executive Director – firstname.lastname@example.org – Skype: rebecca.grace.richmond
Sara Hall, Maritime Campus Coordinator – email@example.com – Skype: sara.nhall
Anastasia Pearse, Western Campus Coordinatorwesterncanada@ncln.ca – Skype: anastasia.pearse
Clarissa Luluquisin, Central Campus Coordinator – firstname.lastname@example.org – Skype: clar.lulu
Kathleen Dunn, Director of Digital Media and Promotions – email@example.com – Skype: kathleen_dunn
We are here for YOU!