Working Together For Change
Re-Imagine Ontario wants to spread our message that we can be the change we seek through hope, compassion and action. We believe that a single action can make a difference in our communities, and that collective action can change the world. Through action, partnership, and outreach,
Re-Imagine Ontario works tirelessly each day to support, and change perceptions about the most vulnerable among us. Come join us as we work to change lives.
Who Are We?
Re-Imagine Ontario, is a relatively newly founded social initiative. It came to life fully in the very early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, when the crisis of the pandemic highlighted the continued lag of social and economic indicators among vulnerable populations, primarily Black and Indigenous Canadians. Our mission is to bring community together to start chipping away at these some of these trends.
Our programs are designed to target vulnerable communities, with most programs designed primarily for vulnerable individuals within the Black and Indigenous Communities. We are initially offering three programs, and hope to keep growing and changing lives. These programs are, a mental health support program, a mentoring program, and in-home care program. We invite everyone to connect with us as we fulfil our mission.
Our vision is to improve the social and economic indicators of all vulnerable populations.
We see value in everyone. For a brief moment, let's re-imagine a world where everyone shares the Canadian dream regardless of race, sex, religion, gender, or politics. Where we look out for each other and support the most vulnerable among us. Where a culture of care is the norm rather than the exception.
Our vision re-imagines a world where we change perceptions and we change lives through community. We believe that if we each do our small part to reach out to that young person struggling with family, school, or career, or to that teen who may be confused and angry with the world and failing in school, that new immigrant who is unsure of their footing in a new country, that parent who is raising a family while caring for a sick parent, or that isolated person, then that's one additional step in creating healthy, productive, safe, and happy communities.
We want to be a catalyst for positive change, and we're driven by the same ideas we initially founded our organization upon: support, empowerment, and progress, so that we all move upwards together by changing lives.
Our mission is to improve the health, education and employment of vulnerable people, by efficiently and effectively fostering strong community support networks.
Our mission is our first step in achieving our vision. This starts with working to change the lives of many vulnerable children, youth and adults, many being visible-minority Canadians. Our mental health programs are very important the starting points in addressing the problem in Ontario of one out of every five children not accessing the mental help they need especially among racialized populations. Mission also addresses the mental health of adults in need.
We believe that if we see better outcomes in education especially in vulnerable communities, will go a long way in changing perceptions and changing lives.
If children have role models from similar backgrounds interacting with them, and to whom they can look up to and trust, they will benefit from it. The purpose of our mentoring programs is to introduce children and young adults to successful people from within their own communities, who will share their own stories and give useful life tips.
Our mission also extends to foster support for individuals who are vulnerable due to the frailty that often comes with aging, or those persons who are disabled, indigent, or isolated. We offer in-home personal and home care support to these individuals.
Meet the Team
Monica Smith, CPA, BSc.
MONICA SMITH is a dynamic multi-faceted leader, founder, and business professional who brings more than 20 years of management, financial, accounting, and business experience to Re-Imagine Ontario. Monica has held various senior roles in including roles with some of the largest insurance and banking institutions, NGOs, and Not-For-Profits. She has created strong partnerships within both the not-for-profit and business sectors and has added tremendous value to the organizations that she has served. Monica is a Consultant at Syndicare, previously Director at Links2Care Charity. Other roles include roles TD Bank, ICICI Bank Canada and Bank of Montreal. Monica also held senior roles in international organizations and previous board member. Monica is a Certified Professional Accountant in Ontario and holds a Certified Public Accountant’s designation out of Delaware USA. She holds a Bachelor of Management Studies from the UWI-Mona. In her spare time, she enjoys online chess, crocheting, news and politics.
Leonardo Penzim Gomes, LLM, MBA, CFE
Leo Gomes is a trusted advisor who has been involved in the business advisory, internal audit, and risk management areas for close to 20 years. With solid international and multi-cultural work experience, Leo held leadership roles at different organizations and industries, such as lead National Oil & Gas in Qatar, and Fortune 500 Energy & Utility company in North America and Caribbean, most recently Transit/Transportation Government company in Canada. Leo holds Master of Laws with an emphasis in Infrastructure & Energy from York University – Osgoode Hall Law School, and Master in Business Administration (M.B.A.) from Bellevue University. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Catholic University of Minas Gerais – Brazil. He is a Member of The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).
Dr. Abiodun Adetoro, Ph.D., MPH, PMP
ABIODUN A. ADETORO PHD, MPH, PMP is a Healthcare Professional, Founder, Business Analyst, Project Manager, and NGO leader, who brings more than 20 years’ experience to Re-Imagine Ontario. He has had an impressive career in healthcare development, education, project management, social planning, entrepreneurship, and business analysis. Dr. Adetoro works with the Government of Manitoba as a Business Analyst and was part of the COVID Vaccine Implementation Task Force for the Government of Manitoba. Prior to that, his eclectic work and business experience includes tenures at some of the largest international NGOs including Chief of Party/Project Director at Save The Children UK, Country Director of USAID/Nigeria, and Chief Development Officer at NPHCDA. He was also the Managing Director and Principal of BIOBIM Professional Consultants Inc., and an Adjunct Lecturer at Lagos State University. Dr. Adetoro ‘s impressive credentials include a Master of Public Health from the Staffordshire University UK, attended L’Universite’ de Saint-Boniface, a PHD from the University of Ibadan, a Certificate in Medical and Psychiatry Social Work from the University of Lagos, and a MSc. from Obafemi Awolowo University. Dr. Adetoro is also a Certified Scrum Master, a PMP, and holds certification in Organizational Change Management and IT Service Management.
Dauda Raji, BSc., Harvard Certificate Course
DAUDA RAJI is a multi-talented Founder and Non-Profit leader who brings more than 20 years of management, immigration expertise, and business experience to Re-Imagine Ontario. Dauda has held various management roles, including roles with one of the largest corporations and long standing Not-For-Profits. Dauda has done extensive and remarkable charity work in helping new immigrants to Canada, through his work in immigration and community development. Dauda is Community Development Manager at House of Friendship, and a Member, Immigration and Partnership Council. He is also the Founder and Principal of Northern Transport Services. He previously served as Member, Advisory Committee, Timmins Local Immigration Partnership, as General Manager at Walmart Canada and General Manager at Priszm. His previous Board roles and volunteer service include: - Director at Timmins Islamic Centre, Chair of The Board of Trustees at Mount Carmel C93 Old Boys Initiative, Board Member at Good Samaritan Inn Homeless Shelter, and Director at Kapuskasing & District Chamber of Commerce. He also served as twice Member of Timmins Economic Development Corporation. Dauda has completed a range of impressive studies and credentials including a Diploma in Immigration and Citizenship Law from CDI College, a Leadership Essentials Course from Harvard Business School, Political Science Degree studies from University of Ibadan and York University Canada, Community Advocacy at Conestoga College, and Transformational Leadership studies at University of Toronto.