About Us

Courtney Francis

Founder & Owner

 

My name is Courtney and I am the son of a wonderful women who migrated to Canada in the late 60’s. her journey was not easy. Something I’ve learned in my later years. My journey was not easy either which you will learn from this site. I think of myself as a second generation Canadian the first from my family to be born in this great country. Growing up in the late seventies and eighties the formative years there not allot thing Island culture that was main steam. Because of challenges my parents faced we had make do with what was available. Prime example. I remember my mother cleaning the house while a sat on the floor listening to the radio. Now I can’t remember at what age but I was fairly young. Because of the little influence the island culture had in Toronto we listened and watched to what was available. I played hockey and listened to the top 40 hits. That’s all I knew, I was Canadian after all!

My family moved around until we settled down in a very infamous area of the city. The moving around really allowed me to experience all kind of culture gaining insight on how other cultures lived.

Present time

Fast forward to the present I work as a corporate System manager for a billion-dollar company which allowed me to explore a world where sometimes I feel that are only for the privileged. When out with my peers I feel like child learning something new every day. I’ve been pulled aside and questioned many times how I got there and what credentials I had to be where they were. I will admit it was total luck by the way of hard work. “I am a great believer in Luck. The harder I work, the more of it I seem to have”.—Coleman Cox”

The reason?

The reason for this site are to find liked minded people and share common interest. I am from Island heritage who love his “Cooked Food” but really enjoy Italian, Thai, Japanese cuisine just to name a few. I’ve been to Rock concerts, I’ve eat my stakes medium I once had Elk tartare which would turn the tummies of fellow island county men. I was made fun of by newly arrived island people (AKA Freshy). I was told my nose was to straight and spoke like a real Canadian. Yet I was at the “Rockas” (dancehall) clubs dancing to island grooves of my island people and why not that was where the pretty girls were! Eventually they got bored of making fun of me and was eventually accepted. I was not until college I found others like me. They knew where their parents were from loved their culture but also adopted this new Canadian way!

The Why?

Coming from a large family there were plenty of reasons to get together, a birthday, an anniversary or a BBQ of a relative who wanted to show off their newly purchased home. Which at one time was a huge deal in our unrelenting rental communities. When I mingled I also introduced them to a world that was once foreign to me and now passed on to them. This were I really noticed there was world which my family and friends new nothing about and some were just reluctant to explore outside of the four corners of their block. Not me I remember taking the subway downtown while at the age of nine by myself. Do think we would allow our children to this now?  I wanted place where we can come to explore new things, food, music, get advice on finance, health and celebrate people in our community.

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Curtis Lawrence

Founder & Co Owner

My name is Curtis Lawrence and I’m one of the founders of Liveinthesix.com and it’s a pleasure to tell you a little about myself. My mother was originally from the island of Dominica where she immigrated to London England, where I was born. She was 18 years old when she had me. Didn’t have much experience in working or life but knew she wanted something better for herself and her son. She later immigrated to Toronto Canada where she raised me to be the man I am today. It wasn’t an easy life for either of us. My mother did odd jobs from working at a printing company, selling vacuums, to delivery newspapers around the city at 5am in the morning. Many mornings I would be right by her side. But she was strong enough to put herself through Nursing School and help me through college to get my degree.

 

Present Time

I’m a Senior Project Manager for a Global Interactive gaming company. Every day is something new that I experience and learn in this role and moreover about myself. I’ve learned over the years that nothing goes according to plans but those who prepare or mitigate the risks of life and work can find themselves in a better spot when the unfortunate happens.  “Most people don’t plan to fail: they fail to plan.” John L. Beckley. I’m also the proud father of twin toddlers who keep me on my feet consistently and I love them for it.

 

My Hope

I hope that LiveintheSix.com becomes a community of people that like to share new and different experiences. Whether it’s music, food or social activities, we all can learn from one another and grow by experiencing all that life should offer. We want to hear your stories, your experiences, and your goals. If we can learn from each other in an open honest dialogue, I believe it will ease the navigation of this path we all call Live.

 

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If you have any questions or would like to join our team please contact us. Courtney@liveinthesix.com and Curtis@liveinthesix.com.