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Inspirational Youth Speaker Series

Hear uplifting and powerful messages from artists, entrepreneurs, community builders, activists, and more at the Inspirational Youth Speakers Series:a space for youth to come together, engage, and get connected. Happening every other Wednesday from May 7 until July 16 at 7 PM @culturebrampton

Did you know? Brampton is one of the youngest cities in Canada with more than 130,000 youth within the ages of 14-29.

We recognize the impacts COVID-19 has on our community and that it is an especially difficult and stressful time for some. With Community Centres and Libraries closed, and programs and events cancelled, we want to continue to support youth and provide information and resources during this time. Resources for youth can be found here.

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Keep GoingA Conversation with Jesse Jones. 
Innovator, brand builder, change maker, speaker & cultural participant.
Moderated by Nav Nanwa

Monday, July 27, 2020 | 7 PM
Join us live on Instagram @culturebrampton

Your passion can be your life's work. As an innovator, brand builder, change maker, speaker and cultural participantJesse Jones lives that opening line every day of his life.
As head of the Jones & Jones Group, Jesse helps brands and companies manage their public image and create authentic connections with their target audience through creative, lifestyle-based marketing strategies. He’s an ongoing contributor to the Huffington Post as well as the Globe and Mail’s Report on Business and Leadership Lab Series.
With an extensive background working with a broad range of organizations – McDonald’s, Uniqlo, Coca-Cola, Rogers, Corus Entertainment, Yale University and TD to name a few – Jesse is well equipped to guide today’s forward- thinking organizations on building successful relationships in an ever-changing landscape.
Jesse is also creator, executive producer and host of ‘The Drive’, a television series that airs in Canada where he chauffeurs city-goers while discussing topical issues. In May of 2020 Jesse launched 'Conversations While Park'd', a spin-off to The Drive with more of an open format - a chance for Jesse and his guests to go deeper on the dialogue.
A connector of worlds and conduit to conversation, Jesse's presentations have graced conference stages internationally.
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Brandon Ash-Mohammed. Comedian. Writer. Future Real Housewife of Atlanta. He's a JFL Montreal Homegrown Talent, Tim Sims Award nominated comedian, a Telefilm New Voices Award winning writer, and the creator of The Ethnic Rainbow (Canada’s first & only comedy show for LGBT comedians of colour). Brandon’s album, CAPRICORNICATION, which debuted at #1 on the iTunes Canada Comedy charts made him the first gay, Black Canadian to release a comedy album. Brandon was also recently featured in the CBC/TVO documentary Stand Up Toronto which debuted in early 2018 to much acclaim, appeared at the Field Trip Festival, JFL42, and opened for Julio Torres at JFL Montreal.​​​​​​
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Brenda MacIntyre, Akeesha Footman, and Cynthia Bell-Clayton

Ayaangwaamizin - Caring for Yourself in a Good Way

A group of three Anishnaabe women invite you to come learn together through their lived experiences in self determination, mindfulness and self-care practices using Indigenous traditional knowledge.


Watch Brenda's opening and Akeesha and Cythnia's talk on @culturebrampton's IG TV


Brenda MacIntyre

Known by her Indigenous name Medicine Song Woman, Brenda MacIntyre has shared her evocative melodic voice and fusion of reggae, rap and indigenous hand drum healing music with appreciative audiences of 30 to 3,000 across North America. The Toronto-based Juno Award-winning singer has been featured nationally on MuchMusic, CTV, CP24, APTN and most recently, Global and the front page of the Toronto Star.


Akeesha Footman

Akeesha Footman is Ojibwe-Anishinaabekwe, marten clan member with family roots in Rainy River First Nation and Europe. Born and raised in Toronto, Akeesha is an international youth advocate, visual artist, jingle dress dancer, and youth arts educator. Over the past 10 years, she has facilitated workshops with urban communities and organizations, including pre-school classrooms and several post-secondary institutions throughout the Greater Toronto Area. Akeesha is passionate about Indigenous health equity and is currently completing her Bachelor of Science in Nursing.


Cynthia Bell-Clayton

Biimskwaa Niibiish (Turning Leaf) also known as Cynthia Bell-Clayton from the Loon Clan, originally from Turtle Island, however, through colonial constructs of reservations, her family are now members of the Wiikwemkoong Unceded Indian Reserve. She has been working with her community in many capacities over the past 26 years while supporting youth to understand the importance of culture and language through ceremonies and learning resources.

Upon her arrival to Toronto she quickly settled into the city and began to support her community as Cultural Programmer, Executive Assistant and the ENAGB (“Eshkiniigjik Naandwechigegamig – A Place for Healing Our Youth” –“Aabiish Gaa Binjibaaying – Where Did We Come From?”) Youth Mental Health & Addictions Program Manager, while with the Native Canadian Centre. Now as the ENAGB Executive Director Cynthia, along side youth, is rebuilding ENAGB as its own agency.



Trey Anthony

Trey Anthony, in addition to being a Brampton Arts Walk of Fame inductee, is an award-winning writer, motivational speaker, and relationship/life coach. She is the first black woman in Canada to have a television series on a prime time network. Her work includes the plays, 'da Kink in my hair, and How black mothers say I love you. Trey's life purpose is to empower women to live their best damn lives! Her new book, Black Girl in Love (with herself), published by Hay House, will be available January 2021. She divides her time between Atlanta and Toronto. She is an adoption advocate and the proud momma bear to her son Kai. In her spare time, she enjoys laughing at herself and all her antics and eating cupcakes! Follow Trey on Instagram @blackgirlinlove and visit to learn more about her.

Watch Trey's talk @culturebrampton's IG TV

Trey Anthony  


Wali Shah

Speaker, Poet, Changemaker

As one of RBC ’s Top 25 Canadian Immigrants, Wali Shah is a poet and motivational speaker. He’s delivered TED talks, narrated voice overs for commercials, and spoken at hundreds of schools and colleges across North America.

Wali’s journey as an artist began in his hometown, as he was named the City of Mississauga’s official poet. Since then, Wali has toured Canada coast to coast as a WE Day performer, worked with Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft, and made mama proud by graduating from the University of Toronto.

From being featured on TV with Selena Gomez, to inspiring thousands to follow him on social media: Wali uses his platform for positive change. He’s performed for President Barack Obama, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Seth Rogen, and he's even freestyled with hip hop artist, Kendrick Lamar.

Watch Wali's talk on @culturebrampton's IG TV

WALI Shah 


Orlando Bowen

From One Voice One Team.

A Brampton resident, former IT Consultant and professional athlete who ‘breathes to make a difference’. Orlando is highly sought-after inspirational speaker who empowers young leaders to eliminate the ‘us versus them’ mentality. His mission is to equip people to ‘get off the sidelines’ and be GameChangers for themselves and others. GameChangers shift the path, possibility and perspectives of others by the way that they show up.

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