Jenna Tenn-Yuk: Amplifying Our Stories

On the first Wednesday of the month, we publish blog posts featuring members of our Generous Space Community. This week, we have a video for you to check out!

We were pleased to welcome Toronto-based Jenna Tenn-Yuk to offer a keynote at our West Coast Generous Space retreat earlier this month.  Jenna was our artist-in-residence at the Ontario Generous Space retreat when we first began to unpack the topic of intersectional justice.

With our retreat theme of "Amplify," inviting each one of us to find and use our voice to fill the space that only we can fill, we knew Jenna would help all of us take another step to own and amplify our own stories. Jenna says,

“Growing up queer, Christian and Chinese-Jamaican, I didn’t have any role models who looked like me or had similar lived experiences. I lived in silence and shame for a very long time. I had no idea it was possible to live an authentic and integrated life as a queer-Christian woman of colour until I learned the power that came from speaking my story.”

Check out some of Jenna's spoken-word poetry, thoughts on justice, and stories from her life in the video at the bottom!

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Jenna Tenn-Yuk is a writer, speaker, facilitator and performer who has spoken internationally at Harvard and The Walrus Talks. Her writing has appeared in BroadviewCBCHuffPostOttawa Citizen and Geez, among others. She is a graduate of Carleton University’s journalism program and has a master’s degree in gender studies from the U of Ottawa, where she lectured on spoken word and activism. Jenna was a Vancouver Biennale artist-in-residence and has given keynote talks on LGBTQ2S+ inclusion at Catholic high schools across Ontario. She believes in the power of storytelling to break silences, connect people and change the world around us. She lives in Toronto where she works as a writing coach at Firefly Creative Writing. Learn more about Jenna at jennatennyuk.com.


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