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Introducing the 2016 TRTL Intern Team: Anna G. and Matthew B.

Meet Anna and Matthew! They are two out of five interns serving on the 2016 TRTL Summer Intern Team. They’re passionate about social justice, human rights and providing pro-life education to Toronto and the GTA. Read on to find out more about them:

How do you explain what you do to your parents?

Anna: Because they are very pro-life, my parents are interested in the details of the pro-life movement and enjoy hearing as much as they can about my work, especially any part of it that involves activism.

Matthew: I tell them what I do… no reason not to tell them.

Who do you look like?

Anna: When I was little everyone told me I looked like Abigail Breslin in Kit Kittredge: An American Girl.

Matthew: When I was younger, I was told I looked like the kid from Mr. Bean’s Holiday (though I may disagree).

How do you think what you’re doing this summer will benefit you in the future?

Anna: I think that I will become involved in the pro-life club in university, so the street outreach and dialogue training I’ve done this summer will probably be very helpful.

Matthew: I think this summer will help encourage me to do more work associated with pro-life activities. I have absorbed more knowledge over this internship about the pro-life movement and hope that this information will be transferable to the student club at the University of Toronto. Through this summer I have also met many pro-lifers of other organizations and student clubs who I look forward to meet with them again. Overall this internship will make me more comfortable with the pro-life movement.

When did you realize you wanted to be involved in helping to end abortion?

Anna: When I first heard Toronto Right to Life’s apologetics seminar, I felt convicted to be a part of helping to end abortion.

Matthew: I realized I wanted to be involved in ending abortion in my first year of university after I had attended a few club meetings and an apologetic training session. Since then, I have been striving to learn how to defend against abortion in any scenario.

What rules do you live by?

Anna: I try to live by the words of a poem called “My Creed” by Howard A. Walter. My favourite lines are: “I would be true, for there are those who trust me; / I would be pure, for there are those who care; / I would be strong, for there is much to suffer; / I would be brave, for there is much to dare.

Matthew: Never do worse than yesterday.

What makes your day?

Anna: Seeing my friends, baking, reading a good book while drinking tea, dancing, being outside somewhere pretty, and lots of other things.

Matthew: Going for a run on a sunny day, and receiving a compliment for pro-life work.

What did you want to be when you were a kid?

Anna: I really wanted to be an archeologist.

Matthew: I think I wished to be a baseball player, though the word “were” seems to assume I’m not a kid any more…

What is one thing you would like to be remembered by/for?

Anna: Hopefully I will be remembered as a good, kind person who stood up for what she believed in. Honestly though, being remembered by future generations is not really a goal of mine.

Matthew: Someone who always made an effort to have a conversation about anything.

What’s your favourite food combination?

Anna: Spaghetti and garlic bread.

Matthew: There are many, but on a pizza: Bacon, green olives and anchovies.

Who is one of your heroes?

Anna: Both my grandmas are my heroes. One was a social worker who has worked in the pro-life movement in Ottawa for many years and the other adopted sixteen children who otherwise would likely have stayed in foster care until adulthood.

Matthew: Any outspoken pro-lifer!