Facilitated by Adam Benn.
Contact 416-324-4100 x 5283 / abenn(at)sherbourne.on.ca for more
Essence is a youth-centred group where queer,
trans and/or questioning youth gather to uncover, discover and
recover our deeper selves. Come learn, socialize and share wisdom
through workshops, guest speakers and discussions about different
non-denominational and queer-positive ideas and practicies of
sprituality, faith and community.
Adam is a black and queer activist, born and raised in Toronto,
Canada. He has had the privilege of working with youth in many
communities across Toronto, including Malvern, Perth-Randolph,
Davenport-Perth, Jane and Finch, Blake-Jones and Regent Park.
Currently, he is working with LGBTTI2SAQQ youth in both the Black
Queer Youth and Alphabet Soup groups at SOY.
Growing up, Adam was exposed and submersed in the Catholic and
Lutheran faiths. Curiosity around uncovering the “truth” led to
exploration of his spirituality through other faiths, such as Islam
and Wicca. After completing his undergrad, he continued this
exploration in England while working at a Tibetan Buddhist retreat
centre. This exposure to multiple faiths and beliefs has allowed him
to uncover different elements of spirituality, and learn more about
himself as a person and as a human being. This diversity has taught
him to view spirituality as a deeply personal and individual
experience that is to be honoured and respected.
As a self-proclaimed “conflict worker”, Adam completed his Honours
Bachelors of Art at McMaster University in Anthropology and Peace
Studies. He is currently completing his Masters of Arts in Conflict
Analysis and Management at Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC.
His interests include reading, writing, movies, music, meditation
and fitness. Adam is also Certified Personal Trainer