Friday, September 12, 2014

A Weekend You'll Remember

Last year I attended the National Campus Life Network Symposium, which was not only extremely informative, but also very fun. It was the best use of a weekend I can remember. The days were filled with speakers, workshops and opportunities to network with other participants. I was thoroughly impressed by how much I learned. I have attended many retreats and conferences in the past, and can honestly say that few have been as rewarding as the NCLN Symposium.

NCLN Symposium 2013/2014 Attendees from left to right:
Kasia Lach, Mark Dumbrique,
Christine Helferty, Daniel Cumming, Evan Cassidy
We were taught how to defend the pro-life position, and effectively communicate it to others. I learned about the rights individuals and clubs have on campus. I also learned about things I did not expect, such as human psychology and the history of the pro-life movement. We learned about different pro-life groups, the work that they do, and the different opportunities that are available to share the pro-life message. It was at the symposium where I first heard about a trip to Florida for the Genocide Awareness Project (GAP) that I ended up attending last February.

It was not all presentations either. Ever played a game of giant Dutch Blitz? Throughout the weekend there were social opportunities where you could meet other pro-lifers from across the country.  To this day, I have kept in touch with friends I met there.

            I would highly recommend the NCLN symposium to anyone looking to learn more.  It is a great way to become better equipped to defend the pro-life position, meet some amazing people, enjoy good food and have fun while you are at it. What better way to spend a weekend?

By: Evan Cassidy, Attendee of the NCLN Symposium 2013/2014

Friday, May 16, 2014

End the Protest

May 8th marked the annual March for Life. Canadians across the country marched through many cities including Victoria, Edmonton, St. John’s, and of course, outside the steps of Parliament Hill to be voices for those who have not been given the opportunity to speak. Queen’s Alive members and alumni were among the thousands in Ottawa. I was one of the privileged members to be witnessing on the hill too. The day had perfect weather for the march – no mud, no rain, just sun. In fact, it seemed much like a big family reunion. Many people from across Canada travel to Ottawa and look forward to the march as an opportunity to see pro-lifers they have met over the years. Looking around, it wasn’t difficult to see that most people were enjoying the opportunity to reconnect. I found myself similarly enjoying the smiles of pro-life advocates I have met in the past such as CCBR (Canadian Center for Bio-Ethical Reform) worker Stephanie Grey and NCLN (National Campus Life Network) staff members Rebecca Richmond and Kathleen Dunn as the day came to a close. But I was soon reminded that this shouldn’t be how it is.

Why do we have the March for Life? Why are we all meeting on Parliament Hill and stopping traffic and upsetting public transit systems? I was reminded at the NCLN banquet on Thursday evening that the only reason we are all joined together on the hill is because women are being traumatized and babies are being killed in this nation that we call ‘free’. How many more children will our country sacrifice to abortion? How many more men and women will we subject to lost fatherhood and motherhood? The protest exists because the injustice exists. I have often told people that the March for Life is one of my favourite events of the year. It is – and I hope I never have to attend it again as a protest, but rather as a celebration of our country’s decision to eradicate the injustice.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

2014-2015 Executive Council

Welcome to our new Queen's Alive Executive!
From left to right:
Maggie McMahon - Treasurer
Ashley Vandermeer - Events Coordinator
Christine Helferty - President
Jonathan Conte - Vice-President
Alessia Dolcetti - Secretary

Friday, April 26, 2013

Executive Update

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Stephen Gellner has stepped down from the role of Treasurer and Stephanie Dresch has been selected to take his place.

Welcome, Stephanie, onto the Queen's Alive Executive!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Executive 2013-2014

Congratulations to our new Executive Club for 2013-2014:
President -Catherine Helferty
Vice President -Ashley Vandermeer
Secretary -Christine Helferty
Treasurer -Stephen Gellner
It is going to be a wonderful year for Queen's Alive!

From left to right: Christine, Catherine, Stephen, and Ashley

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Executive Elections

As the year draws to a close, we've got our Executive Elections coming up.  Join us on March 25 at 7:30pm in Kingston Hall 205 for our last general meeting of the year.  We will elect our new executive team and discuss plans for the March for Life in May.  See you there!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Successful Debate

Queen's Alive hosted a euthanasia debate on March 13, 2013.  We had a great turn-out for the lively discussion.  For those who weren't able to make it out, we recorded the evening's proceedings.  You can find the debate at the following youtube link.  Enjoy!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Upcoming Debate

End-of-life issues are important!

On Wednesday, March 13, Queen's Alive, will be hosting a debate: "Should assisted suicide and/or voluntary euthanasia be decriminalized in Canada?"  Arguing the pro-life position will be Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition.  Debating him will be Udo Sch√ľklenk, PhD, who is a professor in the Department of Philosophy at Queen’s University and holds an Ontario Research Chair in Bioethics.  The debate is open to the public and will take place in the Biosciences Complex (116 Barrie Street) Room 1101, at 7:30pm.  There is no admission cost.  Please attend to show us your support!

Find the facebook event here, and invite your friends!