ROI Initiative

ROI Initiative


 In 2013, ARIDO launched a new initiative called ROI : Renew-Originate-Implement. The objective of the initiative is to assist an organization or charity through the improvement of an interior environment where essential services and support are being provided to Ontarians.

The focus of the 2016 initiative is SKETCH. SKETCH creates opportunities for young people (ages 16 to 29) living on the streets, homeless, or otherwise on the margins, to experience the transformative power of the arts. SKETCH helps them foster leadership and economic self-sufficiency through the arts to cultivate social and environmental change.

SKETCH’s model of youth engagement targets both practical and transferrable skills, serving as a conduit for social and civic participation. Participants endorse this model as an effective and empowering approach to surmounting the constraints and stigma of poverty, homelessness, and marginalization.

The goal of this ROI project is to improve and refresh SKETCH's admin hub.
ROI 2016 Team
Design Team
Janine Grossmann 
Tabitha McCallum 
Planning Committee
Sharon Portelli
Mahesh Babooram
Dayna Bradley

Platinum Supporters
The Pentacon Group Brigholme Interiors Group
Silver Supporters


The focus of the ROI 2015 initiative is Variety Village. Variety Village is a fitness, recreation and life skills facility focusing on expanding opportunities for active accessibility and inclusion. Variety's primary focus is to ensure that individuals of all abilities have equal and accessible opportunities to become active and contributing members of the community; develop and learn physical as well as social skills; obtain the support and resources necessary to achieve and maintain good health and well-being; have their physical, emotional and social needs met.

For over 65 years, Variety Village has made a profound difference in the spirits and lives of people with all abilities and their families in the Greater Toronto area and across Ontario. Through its programs and services, Variety's goal has been to improve the quality of life and integration into society of all people, regardless of their abilities. By offering specialized programs and services, Variety Village creates a level playing field without barriers, intimidation or other obstacles. Dedicated to people of all abilities, Variety Village is a great place to get fit and have fun.
ROI 2015 Team
Design Committee
Deborah Sperry 
Elaine Teo-Mak 
Teresa M. Sorksa 
Sabrina Carinci 
Planning Committee
Sharon Portelli 
Dayna Bradley 
Mahesh Babooram 
Aleksandr Mossman 
Candace Samuel 
Diana Smickilas 
Tamara Poyato 

Platinum Supporters
DPI Construction Management Armstrong Flooring Division 9
Silver Supporters
Benjamin Moore PaintsClarus GlassboardsPS Agencies


The focus of the ROI 2014 initiative was Fife House, an innovative, client-focused provider of secure and supportive affordable housing and services to people living with HIV/AIDS in the Greater Toronto Area. The goal of the project was to improve the interior environment of Denison, the original Fife House residence that provides a housing program and 24-hour support services to 5 individuals living with HIV/AIDS. The Denison site also serves as the central point for services provided to an additional 18 HIV+ women and men living in scattered sites in the area.
ROI 2014 Team
Design Committee
Jennifer HeppnerDialog
Ali Merchant 
Greg QuinnX-Design
Planning Committee
Sharon PortelliARIDO
Susan Quinn 
Mahesh BabooramInterface
Dayna BradleyBrigholme

Platinum Supporters
x-designDPI Construction ManagementdialoginterfaceBrigholme interiors groupHaworth
Silver Supporters
Initiative Partner
Equinox Development Inc
Fund-raising donors


The goal of the ROI 2013 initiative was to enhance and improve the interior conditions of the Archway Clinic, a CAMH satellite outpatient clinic. The enhancement of the space was needed as the existing interior space of the clinic itself was not supportive of the important and comprehensive treatment program for clients with chronic schizophrenia and other related disorders. The clinic has existed since the mid-1970s. It currently serves 369 clients with chronic mental illness and has 25 staff.
ROI 2013 Team
Design Committee
Sherry BilendukeKBH Interior Design
Elsie ChengElsie Cheng Design
Naji MouraniNORR Limited
Anna StranksStudio A Design Collaborative

Planning Committee
Mahesh BabooramInterface
Dayna BradleyBrigholme
Sharon PortelliARIDO
Matthew DiCintio - Project CoordinatorMarant Construction Managers & General Contractors
Platinum Supporters
marantearth interior resourceselbainscapepoi business interiorsbrigholmehaworth
Silver Supporters