Thank you to the Monarch Tavern for hosting our event!
(For a list of Toronto-based registered charities, click here.)
All It Takes is a group of like-minded friends looking to do what we can to make a difference in the world, in whatever way, small or large. We figured “All It Takes” is a bit of drive to get over complacency, and really do something that matters. Through simple actions we can kick-start change.
All It Takes aims to help people see that they, as individuals, can make a difference in solving the world’s problems. Our mission is to create events that raise awareness and proceeds that will go towards helping sustainable programs locally and worldwide.
The last four Charity Trivia Nights were full houses and combined to raise over $13000. The winning teams chose to donate the proceeds to the SickKids Foundation (2018), Covenant House (2017), Jays Care Foundation (2016), Alzheimer's Society Toronto (2015) and Hospice Toronto (2015).
In 2014 we ran a 30 day micro-donation campaign. Through our partnership with the Global Volunteer Network, the money was sent to the Shining Stars Children's Home in Nepal, and was enough to send 2 orphans to college for one year.
Kevin Okamura is a downtown Toronto-based physiotherapist, the lucky husband of Melissa Shah and the newly minted father to baby Reya. “I start to feel a little restless just doing the regular weekly work gig, as I know there are many other issues and problems in the world that need to be addressed. I was attracted to the idea of expanding the difference I could make in the world, so my involvement with All It Takes is a natural fit.” Kevin is excited to see how a few committed people can actually bring transformation to the world, and he still finds time to cheer on his hometown Edmonton Oilers.
Melissa Shah is a family physician in Toronto and a new mother of a sweet baby girl. Originally from Edmonton, she relocated to Toronto in 2011 with her husband Kevin, in hopes of escaping the harsh prairie winters. In addition to working at her practice and enjoying many other interests, Melissa wanted to find a way of creating a bigger impact in her community. Aware of the many challenges and disadvantages that so many people in Toronto face, she became involved with All It Takes to help transform the city.
Roslane Aouameur is a finance professional in Toronto. Fortunate to have grown up in Canada’s best city, Montreal, Ross moved to New York after completing his undergraduate degree before following his heart (his wife!) to Toronto. After volunteering at multiple charities over the years, he noticed how blasé he and his generation had become with the concept of giving to charitable organizations. Eager to reinvigorate people’s interest in charities, he fit naturally with All It Takes’ mission to help people see that they can make a difference by giving time and resources to charities, directly or not. To balance his long hours spent crunching numbers, Ross sought to give back after being lucky enough to have received most of his life. The idea of being able to kick-start change and promote charity with simple actions and time soothes his constant itch for peace in the bustling city life he leads.