Meet Our Volunteer
I graduated from nursing in 1966 when abortion was still a criminal act. I knew about the humanity of the unborn but I can't say I took the opportunities offered me to defend it.
The Catholic Women's League at the military base in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba wanted some one to liaison with the local prolife group and I thought that doesn't seem too hard so I volunteered. That was in 1982.
That little yes (Jeremiah 20:7) has led to a spiritual growth in me that I never planned. It seemed natural to get involved in the Edmonton Prolife group when the family was transferred here in 1984.
My first involvement here was a candle light vigil at the U of A campus with my 12 year old daughter and my 1 year old baby. I was very nervous. It turned out to be an amazing experience surrounded by so many young people who shared the same values and candles. I forgot to bring candles. It was so well attended that Henry Morgentaler, who was to speak that night, had to go in the back way.
I volunteered to be on the boards of Edmonton Prolife and Campaign Life Coalition. In 1987 I coordinated the booth at Klondike Days with Mavis Benn from CLC. From that first vigil I have been involved in various roles throughout the years. I helped Irene Vanderveen and Hennie Vanderguten put on the national convention here in 1996.
It is not the jobs I've held or what I have done that is important. That little yes has led me to be educated in prolife and other moral issues, my eyes have been opened. I think before I was just drifting in life, never being really committed. Spiritually God has used prolife activities to set me on the path He wants for me. I have come to realize this is the battle between good and evil. I'm just a recruit in God's army. His will be the victory.
I have done things that helped the prolife cause but being prolife has done far more for me.