CP24 holds a mirror up to our city. They keep a steady gaze on Toronto and bring the best of the GTA to the forefront of our minds. As a member of the CP24 Breakfast Team, Nalini Sharma’s segment takes her to the many diverse neighbourhoods in Toronto, “dropping in,” on some of the brightest elements of the city and teaching us all about this great place we call home.
Nalini’s television aspirations began early on. In high school she found she was strong in the social sciences and her history teacher suggested a career in television. This stirred something inside Nalini and she quickly decided, “I’ll see if I can make it on TV.” After graduating from Ryerson University’s Radio and Television arts program (RTA), Nalini found success on a number of stations and has now cemented herself as a key member of the CP24 Breakfast team. “Now that I’m in it [television], I love the fact that I get to be out every day and meet different people.” Nalini prides herself on finding the best elements of Toronto and brings those gems into the public eye. She keeps a simple goal in mind, getting her viewers to have, “learned something,” or as she adds, “maybe inspire somebody.” However, she is also careful to keep segments light and allows the subjects to blossom on their own, “We’re just dropping in on something that’s happening in our city.”
While Nalini is a proud Torontoian, she is quick to identify herself as, “Canadian First.” From the people to the smell, she holds firm that, “Canada is the greatest country in the world.” Nalini’s attachment to the city runs deep as well, she loves the unique diversity of each of the neighborhoods and the character they each possess. “I don’t think there’s a group, or and background, or a hobby, or a language that somewhere in the city, isn’t represented.”
Nalini loves our city but she is trying to make it even better every day. She works with many charities and non-profits around the city but finds her work with The Princess Margaret Hospital the most gratifying. “I’ve talked to so many patients that have been treated at Princess Margret’s, I have not met one where they’ve not had something amazing to say.” Most recently Nalini has taken on the Sporting Life 10k Run for Kids with Cancer, the run supports camp Oochigeas a place where children with cancer or that have overcome cancer can have fun and meaningful experiences. Nalini says she was hesitant to take on the ten kilometer run at first but after seeing, “the lives that have been affected by it, you yourself are inspired.”
Sharma takes on the mission of finding the hidden gems that make up our great city. Not only does she explore and open Toronto to the world, but also works hard to make this the best place to live. She is the best parts of our city.
WORDS: TIM LUTHER
PHOTOS: ALEX BROWNE
HAIR & MUA: LEXY ROBIDOUX
STYLIST: ADORA AGU & DEAN L.G. ELLIS
CLOTHING BY: POOR LITTLE RICH GIRL & MONICA MEI
ACCESSORIES BY: RITA TESOLIN
LOCATION: CP24 STUDIO