Torontonian of the year nominee: Marcia Brown

For the second year in a row, CBC Radio's Metro Morning is looking for the Torontonian of the year. The call is out for residents of the city who makes your day a little brighter, your community a little warmer, and your life a little richer.

Executive director of Trust 15 works to empower youth in Rexdale

Marcia Brown founded Trust 15, a youth community support organization, in 2011. (Dwight Friesen/CBC)

For the second year in a row, CBC Radio's Metro Morning went looking for the Torontonian of the year.

The call was out for Toronto residents who are making a positive impact in their communities.

Nominee: Marcia Brown

'I needed to do something. We're losing our youth,' said Brown when asked why she was inspired to found Trust 15. (Trust 15)

Marcia Brown is the executive director of Trust 15, a youth community support organization in Rexdale.

Brown founded the group five years ago as a way to provide opportunities and inspiration to young people in the northwest Etobicoke community.

"I needed to do something. We're losing our youth," Brown said on CBC's Metro Morning.

Trust 15 connects positive role models with young people in the area and organizes activities.

Brown took 52 participants to Ottawa last summer to meet Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, an experience she said had a profound impact. 

"These kids came back to Rexdale and they're totally different," Brown said.

Brown was nominated by Erika Wright, who works as the manager of international marketing and communications at Humber College.

Wright said she first heard about Brown's work on Metro Morning three years ago. She said Brown deserves the honour because of how much Trust 15 has grown and the positive impact it's had on the community.

Erika Wright nominated Rexdale youth worker Marcia Brown as Metro Morning's Torontonian of the year. (Twitter)

"She's had a great year," Wright told Metro Morning's Matt Galloway, "It's been a big year."

Brown says the nomination is an honour.

"I feel very humbled," she said.

With files from Metro Morning