Box 953, Kirkland Lake, P2N 3L1
THE HISTORY OF KIRKLAND LAKE PRO-LIFE
Pro-Life began in 1974 through The Ministerial Association. George Duncan was the first President and Margaret Czuba was the Secretary/Treasurer. The second President was Margaret Czuba with Verna McGinnis as Secretary. The following Presidents were John MacDonald and Dennis Handy.
It was previously called Pro-Teck Life and always had an educational platform run by a board of four people: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer. Since the departure of Dennnis Handy in 1991, there had not been a President until 2005. Great strides were made in the early years and the results showed under the hard work of Margaret Czuba and others. There was a great deal of help from the clergy with Reverend Wilson of the Presbyterian Church, Reverend Spriggs of the Baptist Church, Reverand Steadman of the Brethern In Christ Church, Reverend Adams and his wife Grace from the Pentecostal Church, Father M.J. Scully, The Knights of Columbus and the Catholic Women's League of Holy Name Church.
In 1989 Dorthy Carston joined Pro-Life and shortly thereafter prepared a monthly newsletter for the members and the clergy.
The main function of the local pro-life group is educational.
Over the years many gifted speakers have been brought to Kirkland Lake to speak on Chastity, Euthanasia, Abortion and Adoption and what is happening at the United Nations concerning the assault on Life. Video presentations have also been shown at annual meetings. Letters have been written and Petitions presented to the Provincial and Federal members of Parliament. Ads have been purchased in the Local Newspaper and material provided to students for assignments.
DVD's and books have been donated to the local public library and highschool, brochures on Guardasil, and various pamphlets on STD's and other important life choices forwarded to the schools.
In 1985, BIRTHRIGHT, a service arm of the Pro-Life movement, began in Kirkland Lake under the umbrella group at Timmins. Claire Schonfeldt and Claire Conrad became involved in this area. They gave help to pregant girls with home placement, clothes, etc. Through this involvement they realized that education on development of a baby was needed. From this came their program "CELEBRATE LIFE" which started in 1990. On a yearly basis they would visit the English Catholic Schools in Kirkland Lake and Englehart area with their fetal models and their program. Pierrette and Mark Armstrong of Holy Name of Jesus Parish have been presenting this program for several years.
The Pro-Life Movement is the most caring, non-violent, ecumenical movement in existence, promoting the dignity and value of life from conception to natural death.
WE BELIEVE THAT LIFE IS THE FIRST HUMAN RIGHT.
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