Who are we?
Brian and Neil found common ground in their willingness to challenge the status quo and push the boundaries of acceptable discourse. They did this with the intent of celebrating difference while appreciating their common humanity. In their early conversations it was quickly revealed they shared a desire to highlight the value gained from diversity of thought and the importance of intellectual curiosity.
They wanted to find a way to build upon the benefits realized through the inclusion of varied perspectives. Their little community of two quickly became our creative outlet, a space where despite their differences, a professor and a poet could find civil debate, common ground and mutual respect. This then, in its truest sense, is a labour of love, a community of hope and a place where creativity can be unleashed and shared.
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Neil Gonsalves is an Indian-born Canadian immigrant who grew up in Dubai, U.A.E. and moved to Canada in 1995. He has been described by friends as a constructive deviant; someone willing to engage in the uncomfortable by asking why things are the way they are with the primary objective of challenging and improving the status quo. Neil has been a TEDx speaker, a keynote and guest lecturer at several community and corporate events. He has been a college professor since 2006, teaching primarily in the area of ethics and diversity. He was nominated for the TVO 2010 Best Lecturer in Ontario award. He is a published contributing author and is currently working on two books scheduled for release in Fall 2023 & Summer 2024. Prior to entering academia, he was the Senior Manager of Staffing and Development for the Toronto branch of a publicly traded security integrator. Neil served on a National Advisory Board funded by Human Resource and Skills Development Canada, working on enhancing literacy levels, an area that is particularly close to this heart.
Brian Sankarsingh is a Trinidadian-born Canadian immigrant who describes himself as an accidental poet, with a passion for advocacy and a penchant for prose. Arriving in Canada in the 1980s, Brian worked tirelessly to forge a life and career for himself. In so doing, he inadvertently shrouded his love for poetry. Now, with his children all grown up, he has rediscovered his voice. With renewed vigour and an unapologetic style, Sankarsingh is committed to maddeningly screaming his poetic ponderings from whatever rooftop or soapbox he can find. Wading into controversial topics like systemic racism and politics, Sankarsingh’s readers should think about his poetry as social and political commentary. A published poet and author, Brian also authors bi-monthly articles for several regional newspapers on matters concerning immigrants, BIPOC communities and digital equity. Brian's current books, A Sliver of a Chance and The Human Condition are available on Amazon