Matt has a wealth of experience representing both the public and private sector with positions in the Private Security Field, Public Sector Administration, and is currently a Municipal Youth Engagement Coordinator with Canada's sixth largest city. His focus is on both holistic community development and capacity building of individuals within priority neighbourhoods. In 2016, he graduated with a Double Major in Criminology and Political Sciences with a Minor in Canadian Studies from the University of Toronto. He is currently a Masters of Public Policy Administration and Law (M.P.P.A.L.) candidate with York University.
Matt also spent 3 years as first the Marketing Director and later on the Vice Chair of a local community festival growing the event from initially 1000 to 7000 guests in the latter years of his role.
He is passionate about encouraging youth and young adults in their pursuit of their goals by equipping them with life skills, best practices, and advice on how to navigate education, one's personal life, and the work force. Matt firmly believes in the idea of seeing people for their potential of becoming and not solely where they currently are today.
August 28th, 2019 | 29 mins 52 secs
Our host had the awesome opportunity to return to his old stomping grounds and deliver a talk on Identity and purpose to the boys and girls clubs of Lincoln M. Alexander Secondary School!
July 3rd, 2019 | 22 mins 43 secs
This week, our host, Matt Da Silva sits down with us and shares some strategies on how he
tackles crippling fear and anxiety in his life.
June 26th, 2019 | Season 2 | 1 hr 8 mins
Oshane Howards is a professional Free Lancer and a commercial, fashion Photographer, videographer and creative Director.
June 12th, 2019 | Season 2 | 48 mins 33 secs
Sam Demma is a Youth Speaker who travels the country speaking to multiple students about the power of Small Consistent Actions. Most recently he delivered that talk on the renowned TEDx stage.
On this episode we talk about how Sam's identity in soccer was crushed when he was injured three times, the power teachers have to change a student's life, his recent TEDx talk, and how big change can result from small consistent actions.
June 4th, 2019 | Season 2 | 59 mins 13 secs
Khaled Iwamura is the founder of QuickBite News, a media company comprised of insauga.com, inbrampton.com and inhalton.com which is now one of the largest digital only media companies in Canada. On this episode we talk insauga origin stories, how he had to sell his condo to pursue his passions, how he prioritizes his family above all and how he beat the 6PM news with a "Fishing Rod".
May 21st, 2019 | Season 2 | 1 hr 5 mins
This probably isn't the first time you're hearing about Mahfuz Chowdhury as he is one of the more prominent social media influencers/Marketers in the city! On this episode we talk about his process of reinventing himself, how he went blind, how he dealt with heartbreak, sticking to your roots and how curating who you follow or surround yourself with can greatly impact the person you become.
May 14th, 2019 | Season 2 | 1 hr 2 mins
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Bonnie Crombie is the Mayor of the sixth largest and the greatest city in Canada, Mississauga. Prior becoming Mayor, Bonnie was a Member of Parliament for Mississauga-Streetsville as well as the Ward 5 Councillor for Malton and Britannia. On this episode we talk about the Mayor's origin story, her early days as a community advocate and business woman, how legacy plays on her decision making, one of her biggest failures, and the hot topic of debate the Separation of Mississauga from the Region of Peel.
May 7th, 2019 | Season 2 | 58 mins 7 secs
abortion, anxiety, autism, brampton, community, creative, director, disabilities, disability, encouragement, entrepreneur, freelance, growth, identity, impact, interview, introvert, knowledge, malton, mississauga, motivation, photography, podcast, podcasting, process, progress, purpose, radio, rape, rct, sauga, speaker, storytelling, suicide, toronto, wisdom
We are amped to Launch the FIRST episode of Season 2 with the talented Jodianne Beckford the host of one of the hottest most relevant entrepreneur podcasts in not only our city but in Canada! On this episode we talk about the anxiety of being an introvert, how a misdiagnosis affected her trajectory, why she started her podcast, and we get into some of the deepest points of pain in her life and how she is still standing today (Fair warning, grab tissues).
January 17th, 2019 | 8 mins 54 secs
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On this episode I talk about the idea that not everyone can lead and sometime's it might benefit you to be a follower. Most people want to lead but they want to do so for superficial reasons. There is a COST to Calling.
January 9th, 2019 | 3 mins 3 secs
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As a content creator, social platforms while extremely useful for exposure, often punish the creator who doesn't post as frequently. In this video I talk about how creating out of a deficit can harm the quality of your work and how REST is vital regardless of a loss of followers/engagement.
December 4th, 2018 | Season 1 | 59 mins 19 secs
activism, activist, anxiety, artsit, beards, beats, brampton, community, conscious, diversity, encouragement, entrepreneur, failure, fear, freestyle, growth, hiphop, humble, identity, immigrant, immigrants, impact, interview, introvert, knowledge, lyricist, malton, marvel, mc, mississauga, motivation, noyz, passion, performance, podcast, podcasters, podcasting, process, progress, psychology, punjabi, purpose, radio, rap, rapper, rct, sauga, sikh, sikhism, speaker, storytelling, toronto, voice, wisdom, wutang, xmen
One of the more socially conscious and dopest artists/lyricists, Noyz, joins us for the LAST guest episode of Season 1 of Real Community Talks! On this episode we talk about the passing of one of the GOAT's Stan Lee, how LOVE can be expressed differently, how he overcame anxiety and the fear of sharing his art, and how he wishes he had started some things earlier in life.
November 27th, 2018 | Season 1 | 57 mins 10 secs
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Phil Nguyen is the CEO of the popular clothing brand "Patriarch Supply" and is a well-respected fitness coach and personal trainer throughout the Greater Toronto Area. On this episode, we talk about dropping out of school to pursue your passion, the idea of saying yes now and learning it after, how impact can sustain passion, and the idea of not living out the expectations of others on your life.
November 13th, 2018 | Season 1 | 51 mins 40 secs
activist, advocacy, advocate, author, brampton, caregiver, children, christian, community, danforth, education, educator, entrepreneur, equity, growth, identity, interview, leader, malton, mentor, mississauga, mom, moms, mother, motherhood, motivation, oppression, podcast, podcasters, podcasting, poet, poetry, professional, racism, radio, rct, sauga, speaker, toronto, writer
Crystal Mark, aka the queen of community advocacy is a myriad of things for whatever community she belongs to. On this episode we talk about finding your own tribe, empowerment through using your gifts, caregiver burnout, and how Crystal intends to Make a "Mark" in her lifetime.
October 30th, 2018 | Season 1 | 50 mins 56 secs
basketball, brampton, calu, coach, coaching, community, curriculum, cybl, dpcdsb, education, educator, entrepreneur, father, fufu, fundamentals, growth, interview, knightsbridge, leader, malton, mentor, mississauga, motivation, podcast, podcasters, podcasting, radio, rct, sauga, school, teacher, toronto
Freddy Appiah is a multifaceted/multi-talented dude who puts Malton on his back no matter what. On this episode we get REAL and talk about how basketball is really a business, why Malton is so important to him, the realities of running your own non-profit, and how as a man, you sometimes have to live with decisions you regret.
October 16th, 2018 | Season 1 | 1 hr 4 mins
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Ryan Gurcharn aka Mr. Malton himself is currently running for English Public School Trustee for Ward 5, Mississauga. On this episode we talk about the moment he was endorsed by the current Ward 5 English Public School Trustee, how his experiences culminated to his pursuits today and how he plans to contribute to changing the education system from within.
October 9th, 2018 | Season 1 | 57 mins 2 secs
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Bilal Dawson is one of the hottest/popping off Instagram/YouTube creators in Toronto especially after his "This is Canada" Parody of Childish Gambino's "This is America" went viral with over 6 Million Views on 9Gag. On this episode we talk about the stigma around being a social media creator as a full time job, how the internet puts a toll on creators, how school might be a waste of time, and why you should DO what you LOVE doing.