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RCT EP 18: Fly By Design (Sheldon Halstead) "Still Flying"

Sheldon Halstead is the founder and owner of one of the GTA's most popular custom clothing, graphic design and clothing line companies known as Fly By Design. Fly By Design made headlines when both the Huffington Post and the NBA reached out to him when he released Playoff graphics during the 2016 NBA Playoffs. Fly By Design would hit another milestone when he released the "Canada has been great" hat line, a play on Donald Trump's "Make America great again" hats which caught the eye of the...


RCT EP 17: Amelia Graciela Torres "It's OK To Be A Work In Progress"

Amelia Graciela Torres is a Child and Youth Worker who currently works with both Vita Centre and Malton Neighbourhood Services. She not only counsels and runs programming for youth in the community but she weekly counsel’s young moms and provides practical and powerful workshops to help them develop into successful women. Growing up in Rexdale, Canada Amelia was no stranger to CYW's and in fact due to a bad confidentiality experience with a CYW this led her to pursuing the field herself...


RCT EP 16: Olivia Orvis-Bowers "Finding The Next Level of Success"

Olivia Orvis-Bowers is currently an Administrative Coordinator with the City of Brampton having just finished working with the City of Mississauga in various administrative roles for the past 7 years. Olivia has excelled in finding her next level of success and at the age of 23, she has earned positions that would have normally taken much longer to achieve. Born and raised in Mississauga, Olivia started working for government at the age of 16, which fostered her love to serve communities,...


RCT EP 15: Leo Bailey "The Best Is Yet To Come"

Leo Bailey is a Senior Manager of Digital Risk & Governance with RBC in downtown Toronto. From a young age Leo was fascinated with the pace of City Life mixed with his passion for the financial field where Leo says the trip downtown to work never gets dull. Born in Rexdale, Toronto, Leo spent most of his younger life in the Rex but moved to Malton in his grade 12 year. It was the move to Malton that caused him to realize the deep need around him which caused him to be a part of the founding...


RCT EP 14: Savy Jay "There's No Bunk Beds In Caskets"

Savy Jay Aka AJ, the Founder of $AVTEAM is a Malton Based Singer, Rapper, Songwriter and Music Producer who has been popping off in the Greater Toronto Area. With close to 9k Instagram followers, Savy Jay attributes his fame and success to both his YouTube Channel and Soundcloud followings. Born in Jamaica, Savy Jay moved to Canada where he would grow up and be raised in Malton, Mississauga. He notes that his success today didn't happen over night as he worked multiple side jobs to pay for...


RCT EP 13: Basir Ahmad BFX "If You're Not Living Your Brand You're Faking It"

Basir Ahmad aka BFX is the founder and photographer of BFX Photography and is the founder of Click Clique 6ix a page that features talented GTA Photographers. Unlike some creative’s, Basir thoroughly enjoys his 9-5 working as a Digital Marketing Associate/Graphic Designer for a corporate company in downtown Toronto. Born in Regent Park, Toronto but later moving to Brampton, Basir pursued a degree is Communication, Culture and Information Technology with a minor in political science and...


RCT EP 12: Jess Spagnolo "Don't Think of Yourself as Worthless, You Have Value"

Jess Spagnolo is a multi-talented visual artist/free lance painter and a professional singer, songwriter, and musician playing across Toronto and the GTA. Recently Jess launched some of her artwork on a site called Society 6 where you can turn your high res art into merchandise. Born in Toronto and being mixed, Jess navigated life being both Mexican and Italian, which allowed her to become more versatile in her ability to serve the world. At the age of 12 Jess suffered the loss of her...


RCT EP 11: Manvir Bhangu "It Might Take Some Time, But You'll Find Your Way"

Manvir Bhangu is the Founder and Executive Director of the non-profit organization, "Laadliyan", Celebrating Daughters. Recently, Manvir received an award from the Brampton Board of Trade as one of Brampton’s Top 40 under 40 for her outstanding work in her community. While Manvir balances her non-profit, by day she is a Newcomer Youth Settlement Worker for Malton Neighbourhood Services helping youth educationally, personally, and developmentally. Born in Toronto but having grown up in...


RCT EP 10: Shawayne Dunstan "- Find What's Calling You and GO Towards That"

Shawayne Dunstan is a spoken word artist/poet and is a published author with five books sold locally in the Greater Toronto Area and on Amazon. Shawayne fell in love with poetry when he was young and inspired by his school teacher and other influences, he decided to take his writing more seriously. Originally born in Kingston, Jamaica, Shawayne grew up in Toronto and North York but came to Malton in 2009. In 2017 Shawayne was awarded Mississauga's Young Citizen of the Year and now has 2 of...


RCT EP 9: Allison Morris "Being a Boss, Comes With a Cost"

Allison Morris is the CEO and Fashion Designer of the high-end fashion, sportswear, and street wear company known as N I Q U E. She is not limited to just this role as she also is currently working for Canada's sixth largest city as a Development Services Analyst and formerly held roles as a Committee of Adjustments Technician, a Planning Assistant, an Administrative Assistant, and a Customer Service Representative. Born to Jamaican parents, Allison was born in North York, Ontario but grew...


RCT EP 8: Cornel (DJ Big C) Davis "If you don't love it, don't do it"

Cornel Davis, aka DJ Big C, is a well-known multi-faceted DJ, MC, and Event Host within the Toronto and Greater Toronto Area event scene. He has coordinated 10,000 people + events such as the popular Jamaica Day Celebration, and was also the founder of the sound crew formerly known as M.A.D.E (Make a Difference Entertainment). His parents, originally from Kingston Jamaica, both met in Toronto where Big C was born however he grew up in Malton, Mississauga for the majority of his life. Before...


RCT EP 7: Sheldon Douglas "From Selling Chocolates to Selling Homes"

Sheldon Douglas is a real estate agent/sales representative who works for ReMAX West, under one of the most popular GTA real estate teams, The Brij Team. Sheldon tirelessly mixes his passion for helping people and his community with his ability to gauge an ever-changing real estate market to ensure his clients find the perfect home. Originally born in Toronto, Canada, in the Jane and Finch Area, Sheldon moved to Malton, Mississauga where he currently resides today. Before real estate,...


RCT EP 6: Omran Omaid "Meeting the Right People at the Right Time"

Omran Omaid is a creative content producer for one of the most popular ecommerce software companies known as Shopify, which serves over 600,000 businesses. Along with our guest from Episode 3, Omran is currently working on the popular web series "Courtside". Born in Afghanistan, Omran along with his family came to Canada when he was young and were assisted through the Red Door Family Shelter, which assists Families, Refugees and Women Who Are Fleeing Violence. Omran grew up in Flemingdon...


RCT EP 5: Riaz Mohammed "Life is Subjective"

Riaz Mohammed is a researcher and is currently a Doctor of Chiropractic Student at Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, one of the most prestigious Chiropractic schools in Canada, and arguably the world. At CMCC he is the Vice President of the Student Canadian Chiropractic Association and sits on student council. Originally from Parkdale, Toronto, Riaz moved to Malton, Mississauga where he would discover his passion to become a Chiropractic Doctor by meeting his current mentor in the...


RCT EP 4: Chris Opoku "TRUST the Process"

Chris Opoku is both the Youth and Communications Coordinator for one of the fastest growing non-profit community based agencies in the region of peel. He manages multi-site programs, supports youth development, and coordinates social media/websites among many other roles. Originally from Kumasi, Ghana, Chris grew up in Rexdale, eventually pursuing the recreation field. He was also a former Municipal Youth Engagement Coordinator among various roles with Canada's sixth largest municipality for...


RCT EP 3: Adrian Wallace "Late Nights and Sacrifices"

Adrian Wallace is the executive director and series creator of the popular GTA web series "Courtside". Growing up in Malton, Mississauga, he was inspired by his upbringing and the culture around him which led him to turn what was once a college assignment into one of the most popular web-series out there! Adrian is a graduate of Humber College where he earned two advanced diplomas in both Film and Television Production and Comedy Writing and Performance. Among many other skills, he is a...


RCT EP 2: Kara Lee Daley "Love Yourself, Don't Hate Yourself"

Kara Lee Daley is the Pastor, Administrator and Worship Leader for an inner city church in the downtown core of Toronto, Canada. Originally from Bathurst, New Brunswick, she graduated from Master's College and Seminary with a Bachelor of Theology in Cross-Cultural Studies and was ordained with the CAOG in 2012. Among many other skills, she is a graphic designer, a counsellor, and an aspiring author working on multiple projects at the moment. On this episode we talk about her process, being a...


RCT EP 1: Jonathon Mitchell "The Incubator of Dreams"

Jonathon Mitchell is a Provincial Youth Outreach worker that primarily works in Malton, Mississauga but serves thousands of youth across the Region of Peel in Ontario, Canada. He is a multi-talented professional, an entrepreneur having started his own clothing line "WSTND Apparel", a professional dancer, is Malton's STANDARD for fashion and most importantly a fellow #BeardGang Brother. On this episode we dive into his work ethic, his daily grind, fashion/culture, and how he persisted despite...


Real Community Talks: Introduction

Welcome to Real Community Talks, a video and audio podcast, dedicated to making real conversations with community influencers available to everyone. I am your host Matt Da Silva and I meet with some of the dopest influencers across the greater Toronto area who by the world standards may be micro level influencers but I know are doing macro level things. Stay tuned every Tuesday night as we dive into each guest’s life, talk process, and get to explore their unique story which moulded them...