Founder / Executive Director, Visions of Science Network for Learning, Toronto, ON. Born: Dominica.
Francis Jeffers created, Visions of Science Network for Learning to promote the awareness of achievements in sciences, and to encourage Black and other under-represented youth to aspire to careers in science, mathematics and technology. Since 1991, youth in Grades 6-12 in Toronto and Hamilton have benefited from lectures, exhibits, annual symposiums, annual science fairs and workshops to stimulate interest. A network of community science clubs have since been created.
Community: Curator of the International African Inventors Museum and the Canadian Multicultural Inventors Museum. These are the largest mobile African and multi-cultural museums in the world which tour and display items created by African people worldwide and other diverse communities in Canada.
Previously: Association of Black Professionals in Science & Technology; African Canadian Heritage Association; African Relief Committee in Canada.
Other: Works at Sanofi Pasteur; previously at Connaught Laboratories (since 1979).
Honours: Includes the Harry Jerome Award (2003); June Veecock Leadership Award, CBTU (2004); Alumni Award, UTSC and BSA (2004); ACAA (2001).
Education: Biochemistry, University of Toronto (1979).
Credo: For our people, we must have undying love.
Favourite book? The Autobiography of Malcom X by Alex Haley.
Favourite quotes? “For our people, we must have undying love.” & “We must educate ourselves for the benefit of our people.” – Both quotes given to me by Brother Kwame Toure (a.k.a. Stokley Carmichael).
Given the chance, what would you do that you haven’t done yet? Travel around the world and build a worldwide African science club network.
Who inspires you? Malcolm X, Steve Biko, Marcus Garvey; my father, N.A.N. Jeffers.
Why do you what you do? For the love of African people and the reconstruction of the global African world.