My visit to the Woman’s Interval House

This past Monday I had the pleasure of getting the grand tour through the Interval House in Toronto. The first thing I noticed was the tight security they have surrounding inside and outside the unit. From the first 5 seconds of being there, you can tell that their number one priority is to keep these women and children safe.

They have a wheelchair accessible room for pregnant and disabled women which I think is extremely beneficial to take in consideration and they also have different tile patterns on the floor for the blind. The house has so many amazing levels to it! It’s filled with artwork from the children, there are a couple rooms for the kids to play in, they offer counseling for all women and children, as well as transition programs to help the women find jobs and places to live. What blew my mind was entering a room, filled with business professional clothes for women who are starting a new job and the house also helps prepare them for an interview.  Top to bottom this place was amazing and it makes me so happy to see an organization doing so much to help victims of abuse.

They teach children how to have healthy relationships

Prior to, I went to the store and filled up a giant cart filled with toiletries. Most families that end up in the house are fleeing from a terrible and devastating situation and they don’t come with much, which is why I picked up tons of new toothbrushes, female products, shampoo etc.

I honestly couldn’t imagine running away from my condo and never looking back, while leaving all my belongings behind.

 A little effort goes a long way! Be the change!

Make your mark

I feel that children these days are focused on school, friends, sports, family and who the cute guy is sitting behind them. They have so much energy and passion it’s truly amazing! Childen are not afraid to confront people, and they usually don’t care about silly things adults do these days. How can we help them discover their passions? How can we help them make their mark in the world?

Katie Zeppieri has created a platform for kids to put all their positive energy into. The mission of ” Make Your Mark” is to spread kindness and to develop and inspire young leaders of great character and also to explore their talents, find their passions and feel empowered to make their mark in their schools, community and the world.

I love to see young passionate entrepreneurs making a difference in this world! #bethechange

On Feb 20th 2017, I experienced Katie’s passion for all her amazing projects to do with empowering youth. She had myself and a friend hand out cake pops to the kids, sing karaokee, and take photos. She also had magicians, face painters and violinists playing in hope to also help raise money for Sick Kids. Everything was an absolute blast and the smiles that we saw from the kids were priceless! At the end of the day, each of us must ask our self “how are we making our mark?”.

Giving back is a way of life!

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To the wonderful people who see more out of life,

 I started The Karebear Community 2.5 years ago, in hope to promote giving back to the community and also to help provide funds to existing charity groups around the world that are close to my heart. I have successfully hosted three charity events raising funds for “Operation Smile”, “Variety Children’s Charity”,  and “The Interval House”.

This November I will be volunteering for a week in El Salvador at the Remar orphanage which hosts 85 children. I’ am so excited to spend time with these wonderful children as I have a huge heart that feels the need to spread lots of love and affection towards these kids. I can’t wait to hear their powerful stories and get to know each individual personality.

My focus will be spending time with the kids, cleaning, cooking, providing warm meals from the donated funds, and helping out with the newborn babies. I will also be taking a large suitcase filled with children’s clothes and many other things they will need. Stay tuned for my upcoming adventure!

 

 

Toronto International Film Fest – Giants Of Africa

All about TIFF. …. Stay tuned for more updates

Much like Christmas, once per year everyone related to the film industry awaits the crazy 10 days of TIFF. The streets are packed, the outfits are outrageous, the events are superb and the people are outrageously artistic.. and the celebrities, well they get to enjoy Toronto just as much as we do, as well as all of the VIP parties….. that I tried to crash of course.

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Giants of Africa: The movie was inspired by the NBA’s “Basketball Without Borders” program, Giants of Africa exists to create those same opportunities for not only African youth but also for coaches and mentors who go back to their own homeland to influence future generations. The movie had a fantastic turnout rate and many powerful emotions expressed throughout the crowd. The after party was hosted at Chez Lavelle rooftop, with specialty African cuisine and an open bar. The crowd was dressed to the nines and the vibe was flawless. Definitely, a night to remember!

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The All-Star Sick Kids Gala

What a lovely evening at the Arcadian Court in support of Sick Kids hospital. It was definitely one of the classier events Toronto has to offer, from the beautifully dressed women to the exquisite charitable items up for auction. This evening was filled with dance performers, special guests, and positive vibes all around.

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The Annual Karebear Community Charity event

Our mission for The Karebear Community is to host annual events to raise funds for multiple causes.

2016, we focused on The Women’s Interval House Toronto and Operation Smile Canada. Our evening was a success as we raised $2500, and reconnected wonderful people throughout the evening.

The Karebear Community also focuses on giving back to less fortunate people worldwide. We have been successful in making a difference by giving to those in Shanghai, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Vancouver, and Toronto.

Give what you can, whether it’s your time or a small donation. Be the change! Thank you to those who came and showed their support. 

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What a magnificent group of people

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The intelligent, beautiful women of Toronto

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@Michaelsonsimcoe

Tis the Season

 Ho Ho Ho,

Bringing in warm wishes for everyone and their loved ones this holiday season. No matter what your religion is, what you believe in or you don’t remember to take the time to enjoy this new season ahead of us and create new memories with people you care about.

5 Fun fabulous winter activities;

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  1. Ice skating! Bundle up, get your 4 pairs of socks on and get your butt out on the ice! Don’t forget your hot chocolate and baileys 😉
  2. Pass out sweaters, blankets, socks to the homeless. Share some smiles with those in need, by going through your closet and pulling out the woolies you never wear. Take a walk with some hot cocoa, you would be surprised how thankful the homeless people are and what great conversations you may have with them.
  3. Have a Christmas photo shoot with some fun props, your dog/ significant other, and make a collage with all of the photos to print out and give to your family for Christmas.
  4. Christmas movie marathon!!! Lets bring out the Grinch, Christmas with the Kranks, National Lampoons Christmas, ELF, White Christmas, and Home Alone!
  5. Mulled wine and Charades! Gather a group of friends, have a Christmas cook off, make an extra strong batch of mulled wine and play your favorite games!