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!