Many people tend to focus on their own lives and needs. They don't care to contribute or do any good for the community because their main priority is to work on themselves.

 Certain individuals in our city have contributed their time and effort to make Toronto a better city. We should all strive to be like them because their work highlights the importance of caring for those who are in need.

Whether you choose to help the elderly, homeless, children or sick, remember not everyone is as fortunate as you are. Sometimes people need help and as human beings we can make a change, if each of us was to contribute something good for others.

Here's a list of 14 people who make a difference in Toronto, that we should all look up to become better as a whole community and as individuals:

Photo cred - Matte Black 

1. Matte Black

Matte Black is the CEO and co founder of Heroes In Black, a non-profit organization that focuses on helping the homeless, the elderly and youth at risk ( he is a child and youth worker for the Salvation Army.)He organizes a variety of events, such as food and clothing drives to help those people who are greatly in need. Matte is a true Hero because he makes dreams come true.

2. Sylvia Mantella

Sylvia organizes several galas a year that support children and health related charities in Toronto. She is a committee member for the Canadian Foundation for Aids research group and The Butterfly Ball, which raises money to support abused children. Sylvia also runs a private animal sanctuary in Florida which is the home to over 200 exotic animals.

3. Luke Anderson

Luke is the executive director of Stop Gap foundation, a charitable organization that focuses on building wheel chair accessible ramps across the city and web content accessibility guidelines for someone with a disability.

4. Roger Brenninkmeyer

Roger owns a media design agency called Branding for Goodwith many of his projects focusing on environmental sustainability. His business is not associated with any charitable organization but Roger was recognized for his good deed in December 2015, when him and his family handed out blankets to the homeless downtown Toronto.

Check out the video here 

5. Chris Studer 

Chris is a co-founder of Get Real, a youth driven non-profit organization which focuses on eliminating LGBTQ discrimination. Chris has held a presentation for TedX talks discussing the consequences of discriminatory language in  the LGBTQ community. Get Real has expanded to 15 campus teams across Canada and made its' way to other countries such as the US, UK and Australia.

6. Miranda Michelle 

Miranda is the president of Young Women in Business, a non-profit organization that highlights the importance of breaking down barriers and helping females succeed in their careers. This organization helps women build confidence and provides advice on how to follow your passions.

Photo cred - Jayne Cooke  

7. Jayne Cooke 

Jayne is the founder of Cotty Bound, a cottage apparel company that donates all their proceeds to Speaking of Dogs, a Toronto dog shelter. Jayne's love for dogs has inspired her to create an organization that focuses on ending cruelty, abandonment and mistreatment of animals.

8. Cam Healy & James Blackburn 

Cam and James founded West of Contraan event marketing and production company in Toronto. They have been the organizers for the All-Star Gala in support of Sick Kids for the past two years. Cam and James were able to raise over $80,000 to support the highest needs for children at the Sick Kids Hospital. This years event is held at the Arcadian Court on Friday, June 17. 

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