A Year of Remarkable People

We Celebrate People Who Have Found Ways to Excel

In  a year when so much has changed, when so many things we usually take for granted have been taken away, there are those among us who refuse to let the pandemic defeat them.  Sometimes they are remarkable people rising to the challenge, sometimes it is ordinary people who simply want to make a difference.  Each one deserves notice. Seneca's fourth semester Journalism students found a lot of "Remarkable People".

Below are their stories.

Hitting the Right Notes

What comes to mind when we think of a remarkable person? Many think of someone extraordinary and well-known, like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg. It's uncommon to think that it could be as simple as someone in the community or perhaps in our very own social circle. The truth is a remarkable person can be found everywhere, and sometimes it could be found within ourselves.

A few weeks ago, eighteen-year-old Charles Bautista didn't have the slightest idea that a simple act as singing would make a massive difference in somebody else's life. (more)

Reversing the Trend

I got to sit down with Elaine Wright. A local Markham citizen who found ambition through the Covid-19 pandemic in losing weight and to keep it off. In my interview with Elaine, she emphasized how her motivation stems from frequent physical pain and previous attempts at weight loss. (more)

Story Hour Tells a Great Story

Julie-Ann Harris Mason is a full-time Learning Technology Specialist, who leads a special program in her spare time so that she can empower Rexdale children and youth to be good citizens in their community and beyond. This special program is Story Hour.

The community of Jamestown sits at the intersection of John Garland and Martin Grove Road and has seen its share of rough days, from issues with crime, gang violence, the struggles of low income and subsidized housing. Mason understood the need for a haven for young people deemed ‘at risk’ and decided to do something about it.  (more)

North York's Black Panther

Richard Asante has earned the nickname 'Black Panther' on North York. Mercy Watson says 'Black Panther would be the perfect marvel character to describe his sports and lifetime achievements for the community. (more)

Brodging Borders One Basket at a Time

Muskan Kaur

Bridging Borders focuses on a variety of different programs and services. They collect food to donate to immigrants in need and provide a series of services and goods depending on the month. Each gift basket, or charitable food item changes depending on the community’s needs. (more)

Getting Their Kicks After School

Arnold Boros has always had a passion for soccer. Having had try-outs for professional clubs in England like Charlton United, he realized that the pay for play system in North America hindered the growth of players whose parents did not have the financial resources. Given his stature in the local soccer community in Mississauga, he decided to leverage that reputation into a positive change. He began running an after-school soccer program for underprivileged youth. (more)

Out of the Darkness

Sabrina Fardella is a 21-year-old advertising student at OCAD. She has just finished her second year of studies. Fardella grew up in the suburbs and had both parents present in her life as well as her older brother and her cat Coco. Now Fardella lives with a roommate. In a childhood that seemed picture perfect, her world became dark at the age of thirteen when she realized there something wrong. (more)

Fighting City Hall

“You are putting the life of the seniors’ citizens in danger.” - Hassan Soleimani, Willowdale Manor tenant.

The new modular housing project will get rid of over 60 trees which is a space the seniors use for their leisure all the year. The residents of 175 Cummer Avenue also have concerns about the mental health problems this project may cause. Not only for the seniors but also, the people living in the modular houses. (more)

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