Want to learn more about your Black family members, friends, colleagues, and clients? Join us for an enlightening panel discussion with Blacks from diverse geographic groups who will share their history, and how it has informed their lives and experiences. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and interact with the panelists.
Mary is the long-time organizer of Richmond’s Black History Month and a passionate community advocate. She is also a proud daughter, sister, mother, grandmother and friend to many.
Joann Ihuoma Anokwuru
Mrs. Joann Anokwuru, a resource teacher with the Vancouver School Board, British Columbia. A PhD candidate, at the faculty of education, UBC. Her research interest focuses on utilizing the narratives of Nigerian young adults with disabilities, their families, and special educators to inform the Nigerian educational system on ways to support inclusive education. Joann is working on four books. "Walking on Pebbles" (narratives of parents on what it is like parenting a child/child with disabilities), "Through our eyes" (narratives of educators around the world sharing their teaching stories). "Teaching one day at a time" (My memoir on teaching), and Words on Tablets (A collection of poems). She is the facilitator for the Acadia Park, Youth Initiative Program, Vancouver. She is the Principal Consulting Officer/Founder of Newland Educational Services Nigeria.
Warren is President of CUPE Local 15, a multi sector local servicing Vancouver, Richmond, and North Vancouver. He is the President of the CUPE BC K-12 Presidents’ Council and Chair of the CUPE BC Health Care Presidents’ Council and a long standing social justice advocate. Warren has certification as a family therapist, has worked in residential addictions programs and intensive child and youth care facilities for youth. His current employer is the Vancouver School Board where prior to being elected President of CUPE Local 15 he worked in indigenous education.
Athena Affan is a queer, Afro-Caribbean woman, living with gratitude on the unceded and stolen lands of the ʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamih), and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations. For over a decade she has worked in nonprofit organizations providing one to one support to survivors of violence and trauma. She is also a guiding collective member of Fat Panic!: an alliance of people of all sizes who believe in a society in which no one is taught to hate their own or anyone else’s body, for any reason. She is a full-time student, a partner, a parent of two, and in her spare time, coordinates a book club reading fantasy and science fiction works by BIPOC authors.