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“My BlackBerry smartphones have enabled me to get things done faster and more efficiently in tough situations. To me, these are really the pillars of productivity.”Saeed Selvam Community Advocate
In the summer of 2005, Saeed Selvam found his voice as a youth advocate and community organizer. The then-high school student realized that despite widespread media coverage around increasing violence in his native Toronto, few young people were speaking publicly on behalf of the most affected communities.
Selvam became involved in the Toronto Youth Cabinet and was elected as its Director of Youth-Police Relations. In order to continue at school and fulfill his new responsibilities, Selvam knew that he needed a BlackBerry smartphone which would allow him to efficiently send and receive emails and book meetings through the calendar functionality.
While attending classes at the University of Toronto, Selvam became even more deeply involved in community outreach and founded Change12 Inc., a non-profit organization that ran a number of successful projects.
Selvam used his BlackBerry smartphone to coordinate meeting requests with funders, designers, leaders, politicians and other executives, and leveraged its social media applications to help spread the organization’s message.