By Kassandra Sharma (Twitter: @KassSabrina Instagram: @_kassandrasabrina)
Professional speaker, coach and author, Jeff A.D. Martin is a humble and hardworking individual who uses his platform to aid and inspire people throughout the community.
Brothers from the 6/Sisters from the 6: Role Models in my Community is a 2 in 1 children’s book released in 2018, illustrated by Mel Casipit. The book aims to inspire children to strive for greatness by highlighting individuals from similar backgrounds and upbringings, who have reached success in their careers and lives.
When discussing the book, Jeff mentions the goal is to recognize great role models right here in our own community. While speaking at schools all across Canada he always asks kids what they want to be when they grow up, to which the popular responses are; the next basketball star, music sensation or YouTube influencer. While these dreams are valid and attainable, the majority will not fall amongst these careers, alternatively he chose to display people in our communities right now who are reachable, successful and relatable to the youth of the city.
Successful personalities like Jean Augustine, Dwight Drummond and many others are illustrated and discussed throughout the book. These people are absent of the stereotypical “celebrity” factor, but they are the ones who are working and investing into the culture of our city. And introducing them to our future generations is very important.
“There’s nothing that can stop them in this world, they really can achieve what it is they truly want to. However often times the child does not know they can achieve it until they see it, and when they can see someone who has a resemblance to them, it doesn’t even have to be skin colour. It really could be gender, it really could be where they are from, it could be a religion, it could be culture but when they see someone who they can resemble, it has that child recognizing that, I can achieve everything that person has achieved”- Jeff A.D. Martin
Brothers from the 6/Sisters from the 6: Role Models in my Community can be found on Jeff’s official website here and on Amazon.ca.