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This summer Tenth is hosting a monthly ‘Learning Series.’ These sessions will aim to explore current social issues through a faith perspective. Practitioners from our Tenth community will share their knowledge and lived experiences on topics such as justice, race, mental health, and social media use for children. 

Come join us on July 28th from 7:30-9pm, for our Learning Series discussion on ‘Being Black & The Church."

Our panelists will be:

June Francis (Kits)

Originally from Jamaica, June earned her BSc (first class Honours from the University of the West Indies) and later moved to Canada where she earned her MBA (Schulich School of Business, York University). June completed her PhD in the United States (University of Washington) later earning a LLB from the UK (BPP School of Law). Her research and academic writing focus on race, racism, diversity, inter-culturality, leadership and participatory engagement approaches with vulnerable and excluded groups. She is an Associate Professor in Beedie School of Business (SFU) and is the Co-Founder of The Co-Laboratorio project that works to strengthen inclusion of marginalized voices in decision making. A former player with the Jamaican netball national squad, June has coached the BC netball team to the Canadian national tournament. She has three children and two adorable grandchildren.  

Lizzy Ojo (Evening)

Originally from Edmonton, Lizzy graduated from UBC Sauder with a BCom (Marketing) in 2018. Upon graduation, She then joined PepsiCo’s Sales Leadership Program and eventually managed the 50-person merchandising team responsible for servicing accounts across the Lower Mainland. She is currently the Communications Coordinator for Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries, promoting their resources surrounding the intersection of faith and mental health. When she’s not working, Lizzy can be found salsa dancing, skiing, weightlifting, or reading.  

Kweku Mensah (Mount Pleasant)

Kweku was born in Ghana, West Africa moved to London, England at the age of​ six with his family, where he grew up. An accountant by vocation, Kweku has a BA(Hons) in Financial Studies from the University of Hertfordshire in England, where he met his wife-to-be, Zianaba. Kweku and Zianaba moved to Vancouver in 2009 to experience life on the other side of the world as part of a work transfer and have called Vancouver home ever since. Their family of two soon became four with two daughters. When not catching up on football, Kweku spends time with his family travelling, hiking and playing board games.  


Let’s explore the connections of faith and the black experience in the church together. We hope to see you there.

Future topics:

Faith & Kids and Social Media (August 25)