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.
September 25th, 2018 | Season 1 | 48 mins 52 secs
author, breathe, businesswoman, community, creative, depression, entrepreneur, growing, growth, interview, jo-anne, joanne, love, malton, mental health, mississauga, motivation, podcast, poems, poetry, prayers, progress, prose, published, purpose, radio, rct, rct ep 19, rct podcast, real community talks, resiliency, rest, romance, santos, self published, spoken, success, therapy, wings, word, writing
Jo-Anne Santos is a self-published author who in March 2018 released the popular "Growing Wings Book". By day she is an Early Childhood Educator and by night she is a writer/author who is currently working on resources to support up and coming authors who wish to self publish. On this episode we talk about her recently released book "Growing Wings", her fight with depression, how pace is a sign of maturity, and a super dope exclusive opportunity to purchase her book online.
September 18th, 2018 | Season 1 | 1 hr 2 mins
businessman, clothing, community, custom, entrepreneur, failure, flyby, flybydesign, flybydesignshop, graphics, illustrator, influencer, instagram, interview, malton, mississauga, motivation, photoshop, podcast, power, progress, purpose, radio, rct, rct ep 17, rct podcast, real community talks, rexdale, risk, screenprint, success, tattoo, transformers, weeknd, youth, youtube
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. On this episode we talk about the reality of being an entrepreneur, how to balance being a father and a business owner, why completing a degree isn’t the only pathway to success, and how he deals with the idea of being powerful beyond measure.
September 11th, 2018 | Season 1 | 1 hr 3 mins
artist, beauty, blogger, blogging, christ, community, crown, cyw, depression, faith, fear, healing, hood, humber, identity brampton, influencer, instagram, interview, jesus, love, makeup, malton, ministry, mississauga, motivation, podcast, progress, purpose, radio, rct, rct ep 17, rct podcast, real community talks, rexdale, vlogger, vlogging, youth, youtube
Amelia Graciela Torres is a Child and Youth Worker who currently works with both Vita Centre and Malton Neighbourhood Services. On this episode we talk about the peace she has found knowing she is a work in progress, how she used her hurt for purpose, and her thoughts on MAC products now being sold in Sephora Stores.
September 4th, 2018 | Season 1 | 50 mins 7 secs
administration, administrative, brampton, business, college, commerce, community, complacency, complacent, coordinator, coversation, editing, freelance, government, humber, influencer, interview, malton, mississauga, municipal, planning, podcast, public sector, radio, rct, rct ep 16, rct podcast, real community talks, recreation, success, toronto, travel
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. On this episode we talk about how Olivia strives to avoid complacency by seeking out the next level of success, why she decided to leave one municipal giant for another, how she worked one shift at Tommy Hilfiger then left, and we also simulate the popular channel “All Def” by diving into some pretty cringe worthy dad jokes.
August 28th, 2018 | Season 1 | 58 mins 21 secs
banking, basketball, brampton, church, community, coversation, derozan, digital governance, digital risk, digital transformation, downtown toronto, faith, finances, gta, jesus, kawhi, kipling, leo bailey, malton, minister, mississauga, pastor, podcast, racism, rbc, rbc bank, rct, rct ep 15, rct podcast, real community talks, rexdale, swag, toronto, toronto raptors, university, video podcast
Leo Bailey is a Senior Manager of Digital Risk & Governance with RBC in downtown Toronto. On this episode we talk about Leo’s come up from the Rex to the city skylines of downtown Toronto, how God has been the centre of his life and decision making, and why he believes the Kawhi/Derozan trade was a steal for the Raptors.
August 21st, 2018 | Season 1 | 46 mins 1 sec
anxiety, artist, brampton, content, culture, depression, entrepreneur, hiphop, influencer, malton, mental health, mh, military, mississauga, music producer, podcast, producer, rappers, rct, rctpodcast, real community talks, realcommunitytalks, savy jay, savyjay, songwriter, soundcloud, toronto, video podcast
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 roughly 9k supporters on Instagram. On this episode we discuss the behind the scenes aspects of music production, how he dealt with depression, anxiety and mental health, and how he almost burned his house down over some chicken nuggets.
August 14th, 2018 | Season 1 | 55 mins 27 secs
basir ahmad, bfx, bfxphotography, blogging, brampton, cfre radio, chrissy teigen, digital marketer, digital marketing, entrepreneur, film podcast, george brown college, instagram, instagram photography, john legend, malton, mississauga, peter mckinnon, photographer, photography, podcast, rct basir, real c talks, real community talks, regent park, toronto, utm
Basir Ahmad aka BFX is the founder and photographer of BFX Photography, is the founder of Click Clique 6ix a page that features talented GTA Photographers and during his 9-5 he is a Digital Marketing Associate/Graphic Designer for a downtown Toronto Corporate Company. On this episode we talk about why your personal brand is important, why he does photo-shoots for free, how photography has been a tool to develop dope friendships, and how he played a role in one of his friends Instagram posts about John Legend being reposted by Chrissy Teigen.
July 31st, 2018 | Season 1 | 1 hr 12 mins
brampton, canada christian college, entrepreneur, free lance artist, free lance painter, hand painted murals, jess spagnolo, losing a loved one, love nature, malton, mississauga, musician, paul baloche, podcast, rct podcast, real community talks, singer, society 6, songwriter, ted talks, toronto, video podcast, visual artist, york university
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. On this episode, we talk about how Jess uses scriptures about nature to inspire her art, how she utilized her skillsets to become an entrepreneur, how music was therapy to her during the loss of her father, and why she is an obsessive SIM’s 3 game player.
July 24th, 2018 | Season 1 | 55 mins 34 secs
brampton, celebrating daughters, entrepreneur, laadliyan, malton, manvir bhangu, mississauga, non profit, podcast, punjabi, rct podcast, real community talks, sikh, son preference, ted talks, toronto, video podcast, womens rights, womens rights activist, youth worker
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. On this episode we talk about how Manvir started her own non-profit organization, her passion for celebrating daughters/women’s rights, and how failure was the best thing that ever happened to her growth.
July 17th, 2018 | Season 1 | 1 hr 6 mins
amazon, artist, creative, creative entrepreneur, entrepreneur, film podcast, jamaica, malton, mississauga, poems, poetry, published author, rct, rct podcast, real community talks, spoken word, spoken word artist, toronto, video podcast
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. Among many other things Shawayne is an entrepreneur, an actor, a cook, a recreation and leisure worker, a dancer, a singer and more. On this episode we talk about how Shawayne fell in love with poetry, how he used it as an outlet to express himself and handle depression, and how washing dishes helped him publish his first book.
July 10th, 2018 | Season 1 | 52 mins 35 secs
allison morris, boss woman, brampton, entrepreneur, fashion, fashion designer, female entrepreneur, malton, mississauga, n i q u e, nique, north york, ontario, public servant, public service, rct, rct podcast, real community talks, real talk community, yeezy
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. Among many other experiences/skills, Allison is currently a Development Services Analyst, has also worked for the City of Brampton in various administrative roles, has served on multiple community board of directors and event committee's was a deputy returning officer for Elections Canada, is a creative industries planner, a retail architect and is consistently elevated her portfolio even as you read this bio.
July 3rd, 2018 | Season 1 | 1 hr 6 mins
basketball, brampton, disk jockey, dj, durham college, entrepreneur, event dj, event host, how to become a dj, kingston jamaica, lebron james, malton, mc, mississauga, podcsting, rct, rct podcast, real community talks, serato dj, toronto, toronto dj, video podcast, youtube podcast
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. Among many other skills, Big C is an entrepreneur, a recreation and operations professional, an avid basketball player, and he used to rap/write music.
June 19th, 2018 | Season 1 | 1 hr 1 min
first time home buyer, jay brijpaul, malton, mississauga, plasp, podcast, podcasting, rct podcast, real estate, real estate agent, real estate market, realcommunitytalks, remax, sell with shel, sellwithshel, sheldon douglas, the breakfast club, the brij team, toronto, video podcast, youtube podcast
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. Among many other skills, Sheldon is a youth programs developer, an entrepreneur, a motivational and public speaker, an influencer, and is a highly active community advocate.
June 12th, 2018 | Season 1 | 1 hr 5 mins
arrested development, cinematography, courtside, directing, film making, graphic design, graphic designer, malton, mississauga, motion graphics, photographer, podcast, real community talks, script writing, shopify, toronto, videographer, vimeo, visual puns, youtube
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". Among many other skills, Omran is a Director/Writer, a filmmaker, an artist, a cinematographer, a photographer, a video editor and a motion graphic designer.
June 5th, 2018 | Season 1 | 58 mins
canadian memorial chiropractic college, chiropractic, cmcc, cracking backs, doctor, life is subjective, malton, medical field, mississauga, pathology, podcast, podcasting, rct, real community talks, researcher
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. Among many other associations, Riaz is the Vice President of the Student Canadian Chiropractic Association, sits on student council and is an avid community development advocate.
May 29th, 2018 | Season 1 | 1 hr 18 mins
basketball, coach, fiance, fresh prince, fufu, ghana, joel embiid, malton, marriage tips, mississauga, podcast, podcasters, podcasting, raptors, rct, rct ep 4, real community talks, real talk, realcommunitytalks, recreation, recreation and leisure, rexdale, soccer, the hood, uncle phil, wedding, will smith, youth, youth worker
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. Among many other skills, he is a recreation and leisure professional, a counselor, a certified basketball/soccer coach and referee, a workshop facilitator, and a former soccer league convenor.