Torontonian of the year nominee: Marcia Brown
Executive director of Trust 15 works to empower youth in Rexdale
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
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.
"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