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My name is Ian Anderson, and I’m a full-time missionary with CCO at UBC. I started out university in Engineering, and then realized the error of my ways and converted to Kinesiology ;-D, finishing my degree in April 2010.  I’m the second oldest in a home-schooling family with 6 kids. Aside from that, I was basically raised as a lot of Catholic boys are: I received my first Communion, went to Confession when my parents did, was an altar server, and got Confirmed when I was 12. I also liked to read a lot, especially stories about saints and heroes...

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My call to staff began five years after my “adult” decision to live my faith at 15 years old. Following that great initial transformation, my time was filled with a variety of things that I was doing for my faith. Helping with retreats, youth groups, and diocesan youth events filled in the time that wasn’t taken up with school and sports. While some of these things were indeed “missionary” in nature, I had yet to discover my true missionary heart. I did these things simply because they were the next “holy” thing to do. When I graduated high school and...

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Growing up feeling in control was very important to me, especially as I watched my Dad loose control to alcohol and drug addiction.  There were a lot of things in my family that were out of my control as my parents separated and my Mom and I left the small town that I had lived in all my life to move to the city.  I responded to all these tumultuous times in my teen years by seeking to keep control of everything else in my power.  I worked hard in school and by the time grade 11 started I had...

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  On February 9th I received a tearful call from a UBC student.  The voice on the other end of the line was clearly upset and emotional; she had phoned to tell me that, Trevor, the man in the SUB passed away.  I was moved by this student’s compassion and mercy.  Trevor was a homeless man who had a regular spot in the UBC Student Union Building. I couldn’t help wonder how many students walked passed him every day and didn’t even know his name.  How many of them would even notice his absence.  I was so surprised at what I witnessed...

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