For immediate release: Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Toronto's philanthropic set gathered for The Talk 2.0 moderated by Sylvia Mantella to raise over $108,000 for youth arts charity UforChange
Toronto, ON – On Tuesday, November 19, 2019, five of the country’s most brilliant and innovative minds came together to support of one of Canada’s most creative charities UforChange
for the second annual “The Talk”
– a live panel discussion with producer and director Barry Avrich
, award-winning writer and editor Sabrina Maddeaux
, celebrity fashion designer Christopher Paunil
, and CBC broadcaster and writer Amanda Parris
, moderated by philanthropist and Mantella Corporation’s Chief Marketing Officer Sylvia Mantella
, and hosted by Nicole Servinis
of Breakfast Television
. The event raised over $108,000 which will fund free arts programming and education for youth across the Greater Toronto Area.
L - R: Christopher Paunil, Sabrina Maddeaux, Sylvia Mantella, Amanda Parris, Barry Avrich | George Pimentel Photography
The Talk’s topic this year, “Transparency of Success” uncovered how these creative leaders paved their inimitable path in their respective industries through candid, unforgettable, and motivating stories of struggle and achievement.
Moderator Sylvia Mantella chats with panelists Sabrina Maddeaux and Christopher Paunil
A diverse audience of Toronto’s most influential creators and business leaders along with emerging artists from the UforChange program came together to enjoy a one-hour networking cocktail prior to the panel discussion followed by a reception with catering by Royal Meats, wines courtesy of Vinologist, beer courtesy of Side Launch Brewing Company, and beverages courtesy of Perrier.
L-R: Joan Kelley Walker, Christine Rezvanian, Mikhael Kale, Glenn Dixon, David Dixon, Ann Kaplan Mulholland George Pimentel Photography
Notable attendees included actress Mikhael Kale, Olunike Adeliyi, Ann Kaplan Mulholland, Joan Kelley Walker, David Dixon, Glen Baxter, Susan Langdon, Andrea Bolley, Glenn Dixon, Candice Sinclair, Christine Rezvanian, Michael Zoffranieri, and Ashlee Froese.
The Talk 2.0 Co-Chairs Chalo Hancock and Sarah Paterson
"This year's event was such a great success. We exceeded our ambitious fundraising goal while ensuring our costs were as minimal as possible"
, says event co-chair Sarah Paterson
, "This event would not be what it is without our ever-talented moderator Sylvia Mantella who expertly guided the conversation and flow of the evening. Our esteemed and diverse panelists were captivating and so transparent in their telling of the stories of their success our audience could have listened to them talk and share their insights all night. On behalf of everyone who worked on this event, thank you to each and every one of our supporters who have helped us continue to be able to ensure the UforChange arts programs will benefit the next generation of creatives."
Panelists Sabrina Maddeaux and Christopher Paunil | George Pimentel Photography
Celebrating their 10 year anniversary this year, UforChange has been committed to providing young people, ages 16 to 29, from all over the Greater Toronto Area, with a combination of creative, practical, and soft skills that will help them develop their careers in a safe, supportive, and collaborative environment. Since 2009, UforChange has served over 2,450 youth from all over the Greater Toronto Area, over 600 youth have graduated from their Core Arts Program from which 323 joined post-secondary education, 555 were offered paid employment opportunities, and 665 volunteer opportunities.
Proceeds from ticket sales and donations will help fuel the next generation of young creatives at the charitable organization by allowing youth to obtain a free arts education during the next program cycle.
Host Nicole Servinis engaging the crowd | George Pimentel Photography
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Credit: George Pimentel Photography
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ABOUT UFORCHANGE | @uforchange
UforChange provides young people, ages 16 to 29, from all over the Greater Toronto Area, with creative and practical skills in a supportive and collaborative environment to help them thrive as entrepreneurs and professionals. The eight-month program is taught by industry professionals who provide the youth with opportunities to apply their skills in theoretical and practical scenarios.
Operating out of its downtown Toronto studio, UforChange has served over 2,450 youth with over 612 program graduates, 323 enrolling in post-secondary education, and over 1,220 youth finding opportunities to volunteer and work in the arts. UforChange began in the heart of St. James Town, a Toronto neighbourhood thriving with young people from around the world. The founders identified a void in the area; the community was lacking an arts organization in the diverse neighbourhood. From there, UforChange was created offering young people the opportunity to pursue their creative passions with a spectrum of arts programs from DJ to fashion to film. Initially serving young people of St. James Town, UforChange has grown to serve Regent Park and the Greater Toronto Area. Their mission is to mentor young people in the pursuit of their artistic and aspirational passions in an inclusive community.
The Core Arts program includes 8-month courses in Fashion Design, Photography, and DJ Arts that teach youth the fundamentals of each subject and also provides them with opportunities such as post-secondary education support, non-traditional educational programs, access to paid and unpaid industry opportunities, and more. Beyond their Core Arts program, one of their biggest initiatives is Workshops in the 6ix
, which provides youth unable to commit to the 8-month program with short-term, high-impact forums in a variety of arts-related topics.
Despite the economic challenges the charity faced over the past year, they were able to not only continue offering these services but also responded to the needs of youth and launched innovative programs to address these. In the fall of 2017, they offered a series of workshops focused on personal and professional development, which prepared 72 young people for the rising freelance economy. Additionally, they launched a 3-month program for female-identifying individuals in Graphic Design and Web Development that will serve 30 participants by March 2019. By offering these services they over-delivered their target and served 467 young people during the 2017-2018 term alone. For more information, visit uforchange.org
ABOUT SYLVIA MANTELLA | PHILANTHROPIST, CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER | @sylviamantella
Sylvia Mantella is a Canadian philanthropist, conservationist and Chief Marketing Officer of Mantella Corporation. She currently sits on and advises a total of 12 boards and committees in the philanthropic arena. Sylvia has devoted the last decade to the protection and preservation of wildlife through the Sanctuary founded by herself and her husband.
Sylvia recognizes how critical it is to support the Canadian fashion industry and is dedicated to the ongoing support of Canadian fashion designers. Paired with her inherent nature to give back to the community, makes Sylvia an exceptional role model.
Through attentive, strategic and very selective branding decisions Sylvia has been an integral asset to the growth of Mantella Corporation. Mantella Corporation is one of the largest privately held family-owned real estate and land development companies in Canada. Sylvia and the Mantella Corporation are honoured to support UforChange, and continue to be strong supporters of the Canadian fashion industry.
BARRY AVRICH | DIRECTOR, PRODUCER, AND ADVERTISING EXECUTIVE | @barryavrich22
Barry Avrich is a Canadian director, producer, author, and advertising executive. In a career spanning 30 years, Avrich has made over 45 notable films and was also responsible for creating The Daniels Hollywood Theatre, the world's first movie theatre inside a children's hospital. Last year, Barry released the critically acclaimed film Blurred Lines: Inside The Art World
on Netflix. Avrich has philanthropically been involved with a myriad of charities including; Prince’s Charities, Sick Kids Hospital, TIFF, Strafford Festival, Hot Docs, and The Canadian Opera Company.
AMANDA PARRIS | CBC BROADCASTER AND WRITER | @amandaparris
By day, Amanda Parris writes a weekly column for CBC Arts, hosts three CBC television series (CBC ARTS: EXHIBITIONISTS, THE FILMMAKERS and FROM THE VAULTS), and is the radio host of MARVIN’S ROOM on CBC Music. By night, she writes stories for the stage and screen. Her play Other Side of the Game
was co-produced by Cahoots Theatre and Obsidian Theatre Company in 2017 and published by Playwrights Canada Press in May 2019.
CHRISTOPHER PAUNIL | FASHION DESIGNER | @christopherpaunil
A celebrity favourite, their glamourous designs have been seen on the red carpets of Hollywood movie premieres, Toronto Fashion Week, Keyshia Ka'Oir (The Mane Event), Laura Vandervoort (Bitten, Supergirl), Natasha Negovanlis (Carmilla), Natalie Brown (The Strain, Dark Matter), Stacey McKenzie (America’s Next Top Model), ET Canada’s Cheryl Hickey, Lauren Hammersley (Orphan Black, Mr D), and many more.
SABRINA MADDEAUX | AWARD-WINNING MAGAZINE WRITER AND EDITOR | @sabrinamaddeaux
Sabrina Maddeaux is a National Magazine Award-winning writer and editor. She's currently the society editor and an arts & lifestyle columnist at the National Post. Sabrina is also a beauty expert for Cityline, the longest-running and most successful daytime show for women in North America. Sabrina's writing has also appeared in the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, FASHION Magazine, Vox, ELLE Canada, NOW Magazine, Bay Street Bull and many other publications. She's also been seen/heard on Entertainment Tonight Canada, CBC Radio, Newstalk 1010, Breakfast Television (Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver & Calgary), CP24 and ITV's The Lorraine Show.
NICOLE SERVINIS | COMMUNITY CORRESPONDENT, BREAKFAST TELEVISION | @nicoleservinis
Nicole Servinis is the Community Correspondent for Breakfast Television
. Nicole’s love for TV started in high school after completing a co-op program at Rogers TV in 2007, and she hasn’t looked back since. Breakfast Television, Nicole was an Entertainment Producer where she interviewed many A-list celebrities, including Meghan Markle, Natalie Portman, and Melissa McCarthy.