Meet the rest of the team who served with Toronto Right to Life this Summer! They were asked the same questions as Anna and Matthew, here’s what they said:
How do you explain what you do to your parents?
Filip: I explain that I work at a pro-life organization that provides education on the core life issues.
Rosamine: I share what I do both in the office and on the streets and explain that our goal is to raise awareness and provide education. They are mainly interested in the public outreach I do and enjoy hearing about it.
Jacob: I just tell them. They know I am an activist and grassroots supporter on many issues. This is just another thing to add to the list.
Who do you look like?
Filip: So far I’ve been told I look like Donald Trump Jr. But I definitely do not look remotely Serbian (which is my background) due to my tan skin.
Rosamine: People have told me that I look like Vanessa Hudgens or Shay Mitchell, although my co-workers say otherwise. I’m half Iranian and Filipino, so my background is hard to compare with a famous person.
Jacob: I’ve been told I don’t look like anybody. I enjoy being unique!
How do you think what you’re doing this summer will benefit you in the future?
Filip: Working at Toronto Right to Life is an amazing experience where I get to work behind the scenes of the pro-life movement. I very much enjoy organizing resources for high school students to use for their pro-life clubs, which is correlated to my area of academic study, which is public relations.
Rosamine: I’ve learned a variety of skills while working with TRTL, including communication and teamwork skills. Working with community outreach has taught me efficient techniques and methods in this area. Being involved in pro-life activism has also helped me to grow into an active pro-lifer and I can continue to be this no matter what else I do in the future.
Jacob: More grassroots experience and community outreach techniques will help me in activism that I do for the rest of my life. TRTL has also taught me good argument techniques, especially in pro-life apologetics. I look forward to take this with me as I engage the public.
When did you realize you wanted to be involved in helping to end abortion?
Filip: When I was in grade eleven I was very much attracted to the pro-life cause after learning about female gendercide in religion class and it soon became my favourite social justice cause. I also stumbled upon CCBR’s website, unmaskingchoice.ca, during that time which very much inspired me to make a change.
Rosamine: In grade 10, I was taught about the truth of abortion and the reasoning on why it was an immoral act that killed the life of an innocent human being. After being reminded of the reality of abortion during TRTL’s apologetics training, and being inspired by other passionate pro-lifers, it convicted me to also be a part of ending abortion.
Jacob: My high-school philosophy teacher taught the class pro-life education. I was disappointed about this as I wanted to learn about Plato, Aristotle and others. Now I realize how it has shaped my view on abortion. Knowing that there is no law limiting abortion in Canada makes me sick to my stomach.
What rules do you live by?
Filip: I believe in the law of attraction. “What we think, we become” – Buddha
Rosamine: “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” – Romans 12:21
Jacob: “As long as you’re going to be thinking anyway, think big.”
“Remember there is no such thing as an unrealistic goal – just unrealistic time frames.”
“When you are wronged repeatedly, the worst thing you can do is keep accepting it – fight back!”
What makes your day?
Filip: Hanging out with my friends and listening to music.
Rosamine: Having a good time with family and friends, listening to music, having deep talks, eating good food, beautiful scenery, and seeing acts of random kindness.
Jacob: Going home after a long day and being able to have a nap.
What did you want to be when you were a kid?
Filip: There was a time I wanted to be a teacher but my views on that have changed.
Rosamine: I wanted to be a veterinarian because I loved animals. I still love animals but I don’t see myself doing medical work in the future.
Jacob: Prime Minister. Always have and still do want to be.
What is one thing you would like to be remembered by/for?
Filip: I hope to be remembered for standing up for my beliefs, for my sense of humour and my funny tweets.
Rosamine: I strive to be remembered for being true to my beliefs, as a caring and joyful person, and for my amusing laugh.
Jacob: For changing Canadian society for the better.
What’s your favourite food combination?
Filip: I love pistachio ice-cream with pineapples.
Rosamine: Spaghetti with garlic bread and sliced cucumber and garlic mixed in plain yogurt on the side. Anna and I are spaghetti buddies.
Jacob: Lazeez on the Rocks – Rice, Chicken Shawarma, Garlic Sauce, Tahini Sauce and hot sauce.
Who is one of your hero’s?
Filip: My hero is Stephanie Gray, co-founder of the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform. Not just because of her inspirational talks, but after learning about the persecution she had to endure as a student at UBC. She founded UBC Lifeline in the late 90s when pro-life clubs were not common and she bravely organized the Genocide Awareness Project to be held on her campus which was met by student union officials destroying the display. After learning about how determined she was to hold to display every year it really put into perspective how important the pro-life cause is and that lives are on the line.
Rosamine: Alex Philip, my high school teacher and a speaker/advocate of a university organization I’m a part of, is one of my heroes. He has taught me so much, both through his endless knowledge and kindness towards others. He is fearless and always fights for what he believes in. He always remains hopeful, even in times of trouble. Today he is still a great influence in my life, as he encourages me to take steps of faith in everything that I do with much strength and endurance.
Jacob: Anyone who inspires me, and there are many. Jason Kenney will always be an inspiration.