National Volunteer Week – a Special Thank You!

Thank you to all RAHB volunteers!

It’s National Volunteer Week, and RAHB would like to say a big “thank you!” to all members who volunteer with the Association. We appreciate our volunteer committee and task force members who offer their time, talents and expertise for the benefit of all members.

Do you volunteer in your community or for other causes? A big “thank you!” to you, too! REALTORS® are known for their volunteerism, and supporting your community speaks volumes about how much you care.

Do you have volunteers who help you in your business or other endeavours? Be sure to thank them for their efforts – let them know you appreciate the work they do for you.

Happy National Volunteer Week!

RAHB Service Awards are More Than Just Receiving an Award!

Did you know the winner of the RAHB Outstanding Community Service Award gets to name a charity to receive a $1,000 donation from RAHB?

Jim Duschl (RE/MAX Real Estate Centre Inc.) was the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Community Service Award and he asked that the $1,000 donation go to the Waterdown District Lions Club. RAHB recently received a letter from the Club, telling us what the donation meant to them. Here’s what the letter said:

The Waterdown District Lions Club was pleased to find out that the REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington recognizes members who serve the community not just professionally, but through volunteering.

 

Finding out that Jim Duschl was the recipient this year was definitely a shared happy moment for his friends at the Lions club. Further to this, we then found out that Jim has chosen our service club as the recipient of your donation of $1,000 — we are honoured.

 

The Waterdown District Lions would like to thank the Association, Directors and members for this generous donation. The donation will continue Jim’s volunteer service, as we use it to support programs throughout the Waterdown and District communities we serve.

 

We also commend Jim for his work in our club and other programs in which he is active. Jim is a highly valued member, a recognized leader in the Lions movement, and we look to him for community guidance throughout the year.

 

Thank you again for this donation and for recognition of our fellow Lion, Jim Duschl.

Jim Duschl Community Service Award

 

Suzanne L Nominated for Prestigious Award!

Congratulations to Susanne Lemaich L (RE/MAX Escarpment Real Estate Inc.) on her nomination for a YWCA Women of Distinction award!

Suzanne was nominated in the category of Community Leadership, and deservedly so!  She is a six-time Canadian and two-time World Women’s Snooker Champion, 2007-12 Canadian Billiards and Snooker Association president, founder of the Women’s Snooker Association and she served as an international discipline committee member. Suzanne founded Breakfast with Santa (jointly operated with Good Shepherd), volunteered with elderly care and heads up a local snooker league.

Suzanne has been a RAHB member since 2008 and is an Accredited Senior Agent (SRA). Suzanne has volunteered her time at RAHB as well as in the community – she has served on the Government Relations, Arbitration, Professional Standards and Member Area Representation committees.

Suzanne L

REALTORS® Care!

Cirrius Realty Inc. Is hosting a fundraising garage sale and food truck event on Saturday, May 19, 2018 to support St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation. It will be held at 2826 King St. East in Hamilton.

If you would like to help out by donating items to the garage sale or by working at the event, contact  Karen Filice, Broker of Record of Cirrius Realty, at 905.481.3206 (office) or 905.961.4664 (cell).

Garage Sale Fundraiser

Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation 2018 Spirit Award

Ontario REALTORS Care Foundation Logo

That’s the Spirit! The Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation is inviting nominations for their 2018 Spirit Award!

The Spirit Award goes to individuals, organizations and/or real estate associations who have gone that extra mile in representing leadership, volunteerism and support of their community by promoting the REALTORS Care® Foundation. If you know someone who fits that description, nominate them for the award!

Find complete information about the Spirit Award and a link to the nomination form at https://realtorscareontario.ca/spirit-award.

Please note:  The deadline for nominations is Friday, February 2, 2018.

 

Be a Good Fellow!

Would you like to honour and acknowledge a fellow member (or yourself!) who supports the good work of the Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation? You can do this through a $1,000 donation to the Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation Fellowship program. Each person being acknowledged will receive a glass recognition piece.

Make your donation by completing the REALTORS Care® Foundation Fellowship Form and faxing it to 416.445.2644 or emailing to stephanie@orea.com. Don’t delay, though – the deadline is Friday, January 26, 2018.

More information is available at https://realtorscareontario.ca/fellowships

RAHB Donations Help Provide Accessible Laundry Rooms

RAHB’s donation to St. Peter’s Long-Term Residence was able to equip the laundry rooms on every floor with new accessible machines!

“As you can see in this picture, the front-end loading machines are more accessible now to residents in wheelchairs who want to be independent and do their own laundry. The new machines are energy-efficient and use less water too”, says Kathryn Hazlewood of St. Peter’s Residence. “On behalf of St. Peter’s Residence, thank you for funding this project and contributing to more residents being independent.”

Take a look at the photo below to see one of St. Peter’s residents in action. To learn other ways the Association gives back to the community, visit rahb.ca/givingback.

St. Peters Donation

REALTORS® 4 Kids Charity Auction 2017

RAHB Charity Auction by the Style Group

RAHB’s annual major fundraising event, REALTORS® 4 Kids, was another huge success!

Four hundred fifty members and supporters came out on Thursday, November 16 to generously support the CHML/Y108/Fresh Radio 95.3 Children’s Fund. It was an evening of bidding on fantastic live auction packages and great items in the silent auction, playing games and taking part in raffles, and socializing.

How generous were our members? The auction raised over $73,000 for The Children’s Fund! And we’re still counting – watch for the final number in a future News & Alerts on RAHB Matrix.

Thanks to all members who supported this year’s REALTORS® 4 Kids Charity Auction!

In photo above: Jeff Storey (Children’s Fund President), Aileen Araujo (RAHB Charity Auction Task Force Co-Chair), Brian Shaw (RAHB Charity Auction Task Force Co-Chair), Justin Glover (CHML Promotions Manager)

REALTORS® Care! REALTORS® Support Local Charities

Photo for REALTORS Care RAHB 2017

Representatives from eight local charitable organizations were at RAHB to receive grant cheques from the Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation on Thursday, December 7, 2017.

RAHB President Lou Piriano and CEO George O’Neill presented the cheques totaling $39,970 on behalf of the Foundation, which is supported by RAHB members. Each year, funds donated by RAHB members come back to the community, to be distributed among local shelter-related organizations.

Cheques were presented to Carpenter Hospice, Halton Women’s Place, Mark Preece Family House, Mission Services, Neighbour to Neighbour, Salvation Army Hamilton, The Bridge, Wesley Urban Ministries and the YWCA Hamilton.

For more information about the REALTORS Care® Foundation, go to https://realtorscareontario.ca.

In photograph above: RAHB CEO George O’Neill (back row, third from left) and President Lou Piriano (back row, fourth from left) with REALTORS Care® Foundation grant recipients. (The representative from Carpenter Hospice is missing from the photo.)

REALTORS® Care

Royal LePage Burloak Real Estate Services held its 8th annual Charity Halloween Chili Bowl on October 25, 2017 and raised $6,204 for Halton Women’s Place and The Carpenter Hospice.

Over 140 people attended the Chili Bowl, including Royal LePage Burloak sales representatives, administrative employees and community sponsors. It was a record attendance and a record amount raised at the event.

Over the last 14 years, Royal LePage Burloak Real Estate Services has raised over $300,000 to support Halton Women’s Place and The Carpenter Hospice.

Rocca Cats, Rocca Rollers and Unholy Rollers

We're Game

REALTORS® rev up for charity

On Wednesday, July 5, 2017 REALTORS® from across Ontario gathered at the RAHB office to kick off a 200+km journey to Sarnia to raise funds for shelter-related charities across the province.

The riders were joined by two special guests: Tim Hudak (OREA CEO) and Ted McMeekin (MPP, Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale) who gave opening remarks and pumped up the riders before they set off on their journey.

This year’s ride broke a record as having the highest number of participants in event history: 47!

“You definitely get a lot of looks when 40+ REALTORS® ride together on their motorcycles,” joked RAHB Member, Jamie Edwards. “But it’s so fulfilling to have such a wonderful group of like-minded professionals unite with the common goal of giving back to the community.”

Other stops along the way included the Brantford Regional Real Estate Association, the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS®, the REALTORS® Association of Grey Bruce Owen Sound, and the Huron Perth Association of REALTORS®.

RAHB presented a $36,000 donation cheque to the REALTORS Care® Foundation and an additional $500 donation in support of the nine RAHB members who participated in the ride.

Thank you to everyone that participated in the 2017 REALTORS® Care Motorcycle Ride for Charity!

Motorcycle Ride for Charity

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Motorcycle Ride for Charity 3

Motorcycle Ride for Charity 4

Motorcycle Ride for Charity 5

 

RAHB Charity Golf Tournament update – the final tally is in!

Two local women’s shelters – Halton Women’s Place of Burlington and Interval House of Hamilton – shared the proceeds from RAHB’s annual charity golf tournament held May 18, 2017. The final tally came in at $7,022, with $3,511 going to each organization.

“As real estate professionals, we understand the importance of having a safe place to call home,” says RAHB CEO, George O’Neill. “RAHB REALTORS® are proud to support these two community-based shelters.”


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