My name is Angell Lu-lebel and I am a fourth year student at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. I was born and raised in Vancouver and its surrounding area. I am currently completing a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology with a minor in Biochemistry. Over the years, my faith has slowly become more important to me, and it is slowly starting to change my beliefs and the way I live my life. It is important to me to find ways to express this. In my free time, I enjoy playing music and sports, as well as baking and reading.
As a person with a disability, certain aspects of life are not always easy. You may experience ignorance, isolation from those around you, and a general and systematic lack of understanding by others about your abilities and what you can accomplish. This type of behavior leads to fear, and fear often leads to avoidance. This type of avoidance has shown itself most prevalently in today’s society through the increased number of children who are aborted because they have a disability. Abortion is an issue which is close to my heart because I know how it feels to be unwanted, disliked and seen as a burden to society. I hope my small voice can add to the larger movement that is striving to make a difference in this area.
Recently, in france, a TV commercial was banned that featured children with Down’s syndrome having happy and productive lives. The reason stated was that the public showing of the ad would “likely disturb the consciences of women who had lawfully made different personal life choices.” This begs the question, why must others be denied […]
With the election of the new Canadian government, late last year, euthanasia and assisted suicide have become hotly debated topics. The current laws have been struck down and are being redrafted in order to include some form of medical aid in dying. In a recent article, certain high-ranking officials from the college of medicine […]
Fifteen years ago, the United States experienced a horrific act of violence as terrorists flew planes in to the world trade center and the pentagon. Countless lives were lost and many families will forever have wounds. This cycle of violence has not ceased in recent years. In the past year alone, there have been terror […]
On February 6, 2015, the law prohibiting assisted suicide in Canada was struck down with the declaration that it was unconstitutional. Its validity was been suspended for the next 12 months and doctors have been able to assist terminally ill patients in taking their lives if they so wish. WE have clearly done something wrong. I […]
Martin Pistorius, a young man in South Africa, recently told his story about waking up after being in what doctors thought was a vegetative state. When he was 12 years old, he developed meningitis which eventually caused him to lose all his mobility. The doctors told his parents to take him home because they thought […]
sexual and reproductive rights give freedom and empowerment to women and it is the only way they can achieve their goals, or at least, so we’ve all heard. this was a topic in a panel facilitated by Sweden during CSw59. Forced marriage, the idea that women should have as many children as physically possible, […]
This week, the international youth coalition is participating in the united nations conference regarding the commission on the status of women. one of the major themes is concerning gender-based violence and the strategies which can be implemented in order to greatly reduce its frequency. You might be saying to yourself, well, it’s the 21st century, doesn’t […]
We often hear about discrimination in various forms whether it be racism, sexism or simply downright degradation. We like to think we have made progress with the civil rights movement, fairer wages and more multicultural society but the truth is, we still have a long way to go. A lot of the changes we see […]
As the title suggests, it is a common practice that Christians should strive to love their enemies and pray for them. This seems like an odd concept in the modern time when belittling others and revenge are very common practices. But this is Christ’s command: “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate […]
I recently attended a one day women’s retreat, where the speaker, Dr. Josephine Lombardy gave some insight on the topic “knowing perfect love”. Love, that 4-lettered word that arouses a host of complex feelings and responses in us, a word whose definition we are not even certain about sometimes. Hollywood has portrayed love as a […]