SELENA SPENCER - ROLE MODEL & AMBASSADOR
CHURCH LEADER & ADMINISTRATOR
Officially Inducted into the “National Wall of Role Models” on June 7, 2014 ( See full list www.BlackCanadianAwards.com )
Tell us a little bit more about yourself?
I am a Christian woman who is passionate about life & people. Recently ordained a Minister of Religion and now referred to as Rev. Selena Spencer. I am also a single mother of a beautiful twelve year old girl. I am a graduate of York University and I completed my BA in Political Science. I am currently completing my studies through my home church to receive my ordination as a Minister of the gospel. Outside of my day job as a Registration Assistant at York University, I am the Executive Director of Church of God Deliverance Centre. I am also the Sunday School Superintendent and one of the Sunday School teachers as well as the Praise & Worship leader for our church. I also have started my own organization called Divine Purpose Inc. where I hold different events for youth, women, men & the families. I am a self motivated individual who is determined to succeed in reaching my goals. I love music, singing and dancing and I am determined to live my best life now. I want my time here on earth to be dynamic and inspirational to others.
Tell us something not many people know about you?
Most people don't know that I also play the drums. I am not a professional but I play in my church band when needed. I also used to worship dance.
What would you like to be remembered for?
Changing lives in a positive way & bringing souls to Christ.
How did you get to where you are now and what more should we expect?
Through studying in school as well as studying my bible. Also prayer and hard work. You should expect to see me doing seminars, public speaking, opening up a centre for people to receive free counselling, training, workshops etc.
How do you balance work, family, friends and leisure?
Through my faith and understanding that there has to be a balance in order for me to be successful and effective in every area of my life. I understand that as they say "Rome wasn't built in a day" so I schedule my life in a way that allows me to divide my time and energy out evenly without spreading myself too thin. I put God first and everything else falls into place.
What's your favorite food, book, music and movie?
My favourite food specifically is lasagna, favourite book is the Bible, favourite music is Gospel & R&B, favourite movie is 300 & Braveheart.
Should & do Blacks support black music, events and businesses?
Yes, blacks should support black music, events and businesses. We do support but not as much as we should. I believe that our support for each other is increasing, but does need to grow at a faster and stronger pace.
What's your experience as a Black person in Canada?
My experience has been challenging but also life changing. I have experienced prejudice, discrimination as well as racism. The problem is that at times I find in Canada it done covertly which is why sometimes it still continues. I believe the greatest solution is for us not to be afraid of speaking up on the issues and supporting each other in the black community when the matter arises. We need to teach the younger generation how to fight for their rights and what they believe in, in a non-violent manner. We need to educate them as well as ourselves so that we can defeat these challenges through wisdom and knowledge. We have to stop turning a blind eye to these issues and start opening our eyes and try to make a positive society for ourselves and our children. In doing so, we can ensure that they will not endure some of the negative experiences that we did.
With that being said, I still love Canada. I was born and raised here and I believe that as long as you work really hard here you can be very successful despite the challenges of being a black female Canadian.
Are there as many opportunities for Blacks in Canada that can produce role models and institutions like TD Jakes, Beyonce, Tyler Perry, Obama, BET, etc:
I do not believe there as as many opportunities because of the covert levels of discrimination, prejudice and racism that exists in Canada. Also because of the fact that many of us in the black community need to support each other more and work together as a unit. We as black Canadians tend to compete against each other too much in a negative way. We need to support each other’s events financially and physically. We need to worry less about whether someone else is going to succeed more than us and look at each other’s success as success for our entire community. When I see another black person succeed in what they are passionate about doing I feel as though I have succeeded as well. Once we get to this level we will see more role models just like TD Jakes, Tyler Perry, Obama and Michelle.