ABOUT THE SHOW

A monthly podcast about breaking through

Join us on journeys below the tip of the iceberg in the human experience. Before the pinnacle of success, where the clouds of doubt and fear present obstacles to heroes that are everyday people.

We discover the fascinating way in which our minds and hearts navigate us through times of uncertainty and vulnerability.

From all walks of life, our guests offer insights of how they invoke the courage and hope to persevere through their struggles.

Breaking down, and breaking through.

They inspire us to realize our hero within.

Latest Episodes

Embracing Opportunities in Nonprofit Work with Nioumon FoadGhazni

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In this week’s episode, we talk to Anna Granic about the challenges of finding joy and purpose in her various jobs, dealing with personal losses including the tragic death of her son, to ultimately achieving success in her professional life. She shares insights on the importance of loving what you do, the power of mindset, and the necessity of continuously fine-tuning one's skills. Despite the adversity she faces, Anna's unwavering spirit and her ability to see the good in every situation help her rise and become a top performer in sales and a source of inspiration. The narrative transitions from her initial struggles to clarity and success, showcasing her evolution over the years and her future aspiration to give back, particularly through opening a foundation for dogs. 

Some of the topics we cover are:

πŸ‘‰ Finding Joy in Every Situation: A Mindset Shift
πŸ‘‰ The Art of Sales: Natural Talent or Learned Skill?
πŸ‘‰ Overcoming Rejection: A Salesperson's Perspective
πŸ‘‰ Choosing Self-Care in Times of Grief
πŸ‘‰ Achieving Success Through Clarity and Determination

And much more.


FOLLOW THE GUEST:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/annagranic/

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Visit https://thebreakingshow.com for all episodes of the show.

πŸŽ™οΈ HOSTED BY:

Muhammad Kermalli - https://ca.linkedin.com/in/muhammadkermalli

🎦 PRODUCED BY:

Min Woo Park & Diana Hong @ 6story - https://6story.ca

#breakingpodcast

In this week’s episode, we talk to Anna Granic about the challenges of finding joy and purpose in her various jobs, dealing with personal losses including the tragic death of her son, to ultimately achieving success in her professional life. She shares insights on the importance of loving what you do, the power of mindset, and the necessity of continuously fine-tuning one's skills. Despite the adversity she faces, Anna's unwavering spirit and her ability to see the good in every situation help her rise and become a top performer in sales and a source of inspiration. The narrative transitions from her initial struggles to clarity and success, showcasing her evolution over the years and her future aspiration to give back, particularly through opening a foundation for dogs.

Some of the topics we cover are:

πŸ‘‰ Finding Joy in Every Situation: A Mindset Shift
πŸ‘‰ The Art of Sales: Natural Talent or Learned Skill?
πŸ‘‰ Overcoming Rejection: A Salesperson's Perspective
πŸ‘‰ Choosing Self-Care in Times of Grief
πŸ‘‰ Achieving Success Through Clarity and Determination

And much more.


FOLLOW THE GUEST:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/annagranic/

======


🌐 EXPLORE THE SHOW:

Visit https://thebreakingshow.com for all episodes of the show.

πŸŽ™οΈ HOSTED BY:

Muhammad Kermalli - https://ca.linkedin.com/in/muhammadkermalli

🎦 PRODUCED BY:

Min Woo Park & Diana Hong @ 6story - https://6story.ca

YouTube Video VVV1VjBKQnlLclpoOXBvdGZtLXg2b3NRLkxNUVg1ZUgxUEVR

Discovering Passion in Unexpected Places with Anna Granic

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In this interview, Leah Taylor Roy shares her inspiring journey, recounting her experiences from adopting daughters from Russia to winning elections. She discusses the challenges she faced along the way, including those encountered during her time in office, and highlights her initiatives as a public servant. The conversation underscores the significance of diverse representation in politics, particularly the role of women, and emphasizes the importance of understanding the needs of a diverse population. The discussion concludes on a positive note, advocating for determination, resilience, the willingness to seek assistance, and adaptability as essential factors for both personal and professional success.

Some of the topics we cover are:

πŸ‘‰ The Journey of Adoption and Family Building
πŸ‘‰The Struggles and Triumphs of Women in Society
πŸ‘‰ The Journey into Politics
πŸ‘‰ The Importance of Democracy and Community Service
πŸ‘‰ The Role of an MP: Representation and Responsibility
πŸ‘‰ Balancing Personal Beliefs and Constituent Needs
πŸ‘‰ The Impact of International Conflicts on Local Communities

And much more.

ABOUT THE GUEST:

Leah Taylor Roy, a native of York Region, hails from a family deeply committed to community service and engagement in local non-profits. She earned a Commerce degree from the University of Toronto before pursuing a master's in public policy at Harvard University, specializing in International Finance and Development.

Her career journey took her to the World Bank, where she delved into policy analysis and Treasury work, followed by a stint at McKinsey & Company in Toronto, serving Canadian corporations nationwide. Transitioning to her husband's family energy business, she played a pivotal role in government relations and business expansion.

Alongside her professional endeavors, Leah founded a non-profit facilitating microcredit loans for aspiring entrepreneurs in underserved regions. She and her husband raised a blended family of six children, actively supporting various York Region charities.

In 2022, Leah joined the Board of the Watershed Alliance of the Toronto Regional Conservation Authority. Currently serving as a Member of Parliament, Leah chairs the Liberal Women’s caucus and contributes to committees addressing environmental sustainability, agriculture, and animal welfare. She advocates for her constituents in Aurora Oak Ridges Richmond Hill and champions human rights, particularly women's rights and environmental conservation.

When not in Ottawa, Leah resides in Aurora with her husband, youngest daughter, and two beloved dogs.

https://www.leahtaylorroymp.ca/

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🌐 EXPLORE THE SHOW:

Visit https://thebreakingshow.com for all episodes of the show.

πŸŽ™οΈ HOSTED BY:

Muhammad Kermalli - https://ca.linkedin.com/in/muhammadkermalli

🎦 PRODUCED BY:

Min Woo Park & Diana Hong @ 6story - https://6story.ca

#breakingpodcast

In this interview, Leah Taylor Roy shares her inspiring journey, recounting her experiences from adopting daughters from Russia to winning elections. She discusses the challenges she faced along the way, including those encountered during her time in office, and highlights her initiatives as a public servant. The conversation underscores the significance of diverse representation in politics, particularly the role of women, and emphasizes the importance of understanding the needs of a diverse population. The discussion concludes on a positive note, advocating for determination, resilience, the willingness to seek assistance, and adaptability as essential factors for both personal and professional success.

Some of the topics we cover are:

πŸ‘‰ The Journey of Adoption and Family Building
πŸ‘‰The Struggles and Triumphs of Women in Society
πŸ‘‰ The Journey into Politics
πŸ‘‰ The Importance of Democracy and Community Service
πŸ‘‰ The Role of an MP: Representation and Responsibility
πŸ‘‰ Balancing Personal Beliefs and Constituent Needs
πŸ‘‰ The Impact of International Conflicts on Local Communities

And much more.

ABOUT THE GUEST:

Leah Taylor Roy, a native of York Region, hails from a family deeply committed to community service and engagement in local non-profits. She earned a Commerce degree from the University of Toronto before pursuing a master's in public policy at Harvard University, specializing in International Finance and Development.

Her career journey took her to the World Bank, where she delved into policy analysis and Treasury work, followed by a stint at McKinsey & Company in Toronto, serving Canadian corporations nationwide. Transitioning to her husband's family energy business, she played a pivotal role in government relations and business expansion.

Alongside her professional endeavors, Leah founded a non-profit facilitating microcredit loans for aspiring entrepreneurs in underserved regions. She and her husband raised a blended family of six children, actively supporting various York Region charities.

In 2022, Leah joined the Board of the Watershed Alliance of the Toronto Regional Conservation Authority. Currently serving as a Member of Parliament, Leah chairs the Liberal Women’s caucus and contributes to committees addressing environmental sustainability, agriculture, and animal welfare. She advocates for her constituents in Aurora Oak Ridges Richmond Hill and champions human rights, particularly women's rights and environmental conservation.

When not in Ottawa, Leah resides in Aurora with her husband, youngest daughter, and two beloved dogs.

https://www.leahtaylorroymp.ca/

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🌐 EXPLORE THE SHOW:

Visit https://thebreakingshow.com for all episodes of the show.

πŸŽ™οΈ HOSTED BY:

Muhammad Kermalli - https://ca.linkedin.com/in/muhammadkermalli

🎦 PRODUCED BY:

Min Woo Park & Diana Hong @ 6story - https://6story.ca

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In the Service of the People: Behind the Scenes with MP Leah Taylor Roy

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Title: Breaking - Darya Divanbeigi

In this interview with Darya Divanbeigi and Muhammad Kermalli, we dive into Darya's inspiring journey to becoming an automotive technician. Despite facing rejection and societal norms in her in journey to break through a predominantly male industry, Darya shares her ups, downs and the moments that shaped her determination. 

From being questioned by teachers and peers in her school life and then facing outright rejection initially in the automotive industry due to her gender, Darya consistently chose to stay true to her path. She shares intruiging insights about being alone versus feeling lonely and the importance of persevering towards what you are passionate about, even when faced with roadblocks.

Tune in to learn how Darya managed to pave her own way in the male-dominated field of the automotive and construction industry, maintained her conviction during times of doubt, and her advice for those who might find themselves in similar circumstances.


Some of the topics we cover are:

πŸ‘‰ Challenging Stereotypes and Embracing Differences
πŸ‘‰ Facing Discrimination in Career Choices
πŸ‘‰ The Turning Point: Embracing Negativity and Rejection
πŸ‘‰ Dealing with Uncertainty
πŸ‘‰ To School or Not to School
πŸ‘‰ Finding Assurance in Being Different


And much more.

ABOUT THE GUEST:

Darya Divanbeigi is currently employed as a Project Manager for a General Contracting Company located in the GTA, dedicated to providing services for citizens' homes. Her interests revolve around the culture of high-performance automotive and motorsport tuning. With a primary passion for trades, Darya initially delved into the automotive industry. Having first immersed herself in the workings of her car at the age of 16, she discovered a means of self-expression and a diverse community where she could share her knowledge. Darya is characterized as an outgoing individual who constantly seeks change, emphasizing the significance of independence and strong work ethics in shaping her identity.

http://www.matteorenovationsltd.com/

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🌐 EXPLORE THE SHOW:

Visit https://thebreakingshow.com for all episodes of the show.

πŸŽ™οΈ HOSTED BY:

Muhammad Kermalli - https://ca.linkedin.com/in/muhammadkermalli

🎦 PRODUCED BY:

Min Woo Park & Diana Hong @ 6story - https://6story.ca

#breakingpodcast

Title: Breaking - Darya Divanbeigi

In this interview with Darya Divanbeigi and Muhammad Kermalli, we dive into Darya's inspiring journey to becoming an automotive technician. Despite facing rejection and societal norms in her in journey to break through a predominantly male industry, Darya shares her ups, downs and the moments that shaped her determination.

From being questioned by teachers and peers in her school life and then facing outright rejection initially in the automotive industry due to her gender, Darya consistently chose to stay true to her path. She shares intruiging insights about being alone versus feeling lonely and the importance of persevering towards what you are passionate about, even when faced with roadblocks.

Tune in to learn how Darya managed to pave her own way in the male-dominated field of the automotive and construction industry, maintained her conviction during times of doubt, and her advice for those who might find themselves in similar circumstances.


Some of the topics we cover are:

πŸ‘‰ Challenging Stereotypes and Embracing Differences
πŸ‘‰ Facing Discrimination in Career Choices
πŸ‘‰ The Turning Point: Embracing Negativity and Rejection
πŸ‘‰ Dealing with Uncertainty
πŸ‘‰ To School or Not to School
πŸ‘‰ Finding Assurance in Being Different


And much more.

ABOUT THE GUEST:

Darya Divanbeigi is currently employed as a Project Manager for a General Contracting Company located in the GTA, dedicated to providing services for citizens' homes. Her interests revolve around the culture of high-performance automotive and motorsport tuning. With a primary passion for trades, Darya initially delved into the automotive industry. Having first immersed herself in the workings of her car at the age of 16, she discovered a means of self-expression and a diverse community where she could share her knowledge. Darya is characterized as an outgoing individual who constantly seeks change, emphasizing the significance of independence and strong work ethics in shaping her identity.

http://www.matteorenovationsltd.com/

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🌐 EXPLORE THE SHOW:

Visit https://thebreakingshow.com for all episodes of the show.

πŸŽ™οΈ HOSTED BY:

Muhammad Kermalli - https://ca.linkedin.com/in/muhammadkermalli

🎦 PRODUCED BY:

Min Woo Park & Diana Hong @ 6story - https://6story.ca

YouTube Video VVV1VjBKQnlLclpoOXBvdGZtLXg2b3NRLmtsTGxRNkZ6VVNJ

Defying Norms: The Pursuit of Passion with Darya Divanbeigi

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In this episode of Breaking, we explore the personal journey of Mayor David West. From his early experiences as a teacher and business owner to his current role as the Mayor of Richmond Hill, we will delve into the challenges he has faced, the values he holds dear, and his vision for a stronger, more cohesive community.


Some of the topics we cover are:


πŸ‘‰ Discovering a passion for Politics
πŸ‘‰ Finding fulfillment in teaching
πŸ‘‰ Family support and collaborative spirit
πŸ‘‰ Building community 
πŸ‘‰ The importance of maintaining the character of Richmond Hill
πŸ‘‰ Fostering communication and inclusion
πŸ‘‰ The fundamental responsibilities of a leader


And much more.


ABOUT THE GUEST:


David West was re-elected Mayor in October 2022, after first being elected in January 2022. Prior to that, he was appointed to Council on December 4, 2013 to fill a vacancy and was elected in October 2014 and 2018 to continue as Councillor for Ward 4.


He has served the residents of Richmond Hill for years as a local business owner and has demonstrated leadership through various volunteer community positions. With the Richmond Hill Chamber of Commerce, he has been Chair of the Government Affairs Committee, a member of the Board of Directors and also served as Chair of the Chamber. A committed contributor to his community, David has volunteered with Yellow Brick House, Mackenzie Health and the Toronto Waldorf School.


Before becoming a Councillor, David served on numerous Richmond Hill committees and task forces, including: Yonge Street Subway Task Force; Cultural Leadership Council; Committee of Adjustment; RHCPA Marketing Committee; Community Hub Liaison Committee; Richmond Hill Winter Carnival Committee and more.


David was also an active participant in the public consultations held during the development of Richmond Hill's Official Plan and Strategic Plan (2010 to 2014).


David's current Committee participation for the 2022-2026 term include Chair of the Affordable Housing Strategy Implementation Committee (AHSIC), Vice-Chair of the Budget Committee of the Whole (BCW), member of the Audit Committee, Economic Development Committee (EDC) and Heritage Centre Advisory Committee (HCAC). As a member of Regional Council he is Chair of the York Region Housing Affordability Task Force, and sits on the Committees for Public Works – Environmental Services, York Region Rapid Transit Corporation, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) and TRCA’s Partners in Project Green Executive Management Steering Committee.


A husband and father, David has called Richmond Hill home for more than 30 years. He is a passionate patron of the visual arts. As lifelong learner, David enjoys reading on a wide range of topics and he appreciates any opportunity to be in the outdoors. Watch for him at community events, he loves to meet and speak with Richmond Hill constituents.


https://davidwest-richmondhill.ca/


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🌐 EXPLORE THE SHOW:


Visit https://thebreakingshow.com for all episodes of the show.


πŸŽ™οΈ HOSTED BY:


Muhammad Kermalli - https://ca.linkedin.com/in/muhammadkermalli


🎦 PRODUCED BY:


Min Woo Park & Diana Hong @ 6story - https://6story.ca

#breakingpodcast



In this episode of Breaking, we explore the personal journey of Mayor David West. From his early experiences as a teacher and business owner to his current role as the Mayor of Richmond Hill, we will delve into the challenges he has faced, the values he holds dear, and his vision for a stronger, more cohesive community.


Some of the topics we cover are:


πŸ‘‰ Discovering a passion for Politics
πŸ‘‰ Finding fulfillment in teaching
πŸ‘‰ Family support and collaborative spirit
πŸ‘‰ Building community
πŸ‘‰ The importance of maintaining the character of Richmond Hill
πŸ‘‰ Fostering communication and inclusion
πŸ‘‰ The fundamental responsibilities of a leader


And much more.


ABOUT THE GUEST:


David West was re-elected Mayor in October 2022, after first being elected in January 2022. Prior to that, he was appointed to Council on December 4, 2013 to fill a vacancy and was elected in October 2014 and 2018 to continue as Councillor for Ward 4.


He has served the residents of Richmond Hill for years as a local business owner and has demonstrated leadership through various volunteer community positions. With the Richmond Hill Chamber of Commerce, he has been Chair of the Government Affairs Committee, a member of the Board of Directors and also served as Chair of the Chamber. A committed contributor to his community, David has volunteered with Yellow Brick House, Mackenzie Health and the Toronto Waldorf School.


Before becoming a Councillor, David served on numerous Richmond Hill committees and task forces, including: Yonge Street Subway Task Force; Cultural Leadership Council; Committee of Adjustment; RHCPA Marketing Committee; Community Hub Liaison Committee; Richmond Hill Winter Carnival Committee and more.


David was also an active participant in the public consultations held during the development of Richmond Hill's Official Plan and Strategic Plan (2010 to 2014).


David's current Committee participation for the 2022-2026 term include Chair of the Affordable Housing Strategy Implementation Committee (AHSIC), Vice-Chair of the Budget Committee of the Whole (BCW), member of the Audit Committee, Economic Development Committee (EDC) and Heritage Centre Advisory Committee (HCAC). As a member of Regional Council he is Chair of the York Region Housing Affordability Task Force, and sits on the Committees for Public Works – Environmental Services, York Region Rapid Transit Corporation, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) and TRCA’s Partners in Project Green Executive Management Steering Committee.


A husband and father, David has called Richmond Hill home for more than 30 years. He is a passionate patron of the visual arts. As lifelong learner, David enjoys reading on a wide range of topics and he appreciates any opportunity to be in the outdoors. Watch for him at community events, he loves to meet and speak with Richmond Hill constituents.


https://davidwest-richmondhill.ca/


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🌐 EXPLORE THE SHOW:


Visit https://thebreakingshow.com for all episodes of the show.


πŸŽ™οΈ HOSTED BY:


Muhammad Kermalli - https://ca.linkedin.com/in/muhammadkermalli


🎦 PRODUCED BY:


Min Woo Park & Diana Hong @ 6story - https://6story.ca

YouTube Video VVV1VjBKQnlLclpoOXBvdGZtLXg2b3NRLk9tU1V5TXB2YWNN

Building a Stronger Community with Mayor David West