Gala highlights

RAHB’s annual Appreciation & Awards Gala was an evening to celebrate members for their 40- and 25-years of RAHB membership, to recognize RAHB members who served on RAHB committees and task forces in 2016, and to award members who have gone above and beyond to serve the association and their community.

The Gala took place on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at Michelangelo Event Venue and Conference Centre.

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RAHB Volunteers

RAHB President Lou Piriano recognized the three 2016 Directors who completed their terms on the Board – Kim Alvarez, Gary Herron and Paul Martindale. He also recognized the 101 RAHB members who served on committees, task forces and the Board.


Long Service Awards

Long service pins were presented to the newest members of the Long Service Club. 10 members reached the 40-year milestone in 2016 and 42 reached the 25-year milestone!

Gala2(l-r) Robert Schinkel, Tamer Fahmi, John Goritsas, Drago Saric

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Front row (l-r): Richard Deverson, Mike Cusano, Jim Griffen
Back row (l-r): Carol DiStefano, Janet Bedford

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Front row (l-r): Louis Volk, Rob Cecchetti
Back row (l-r): Alison Walsh, Lois Simpson, Tina Nixon

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Front row (l-r): Louie Fabbroni, Darren Van Leeuwen, Mike Mattina
Back row (l-r): Alice Liu, Catherine Poirier

RAHB Service Awards
Congratulations to the following RAHB award recipients!

Gala6Margaret Reid
(Royal LePage State Realty) received the Volunteer of the Year Award, which recognizes a member who has demonstrated exceptional qualities, enthusiasm and perseverance or has gone above and beyond to serve their fellow members.

Margaret has served on various RAHB committees and task forces since joining RAHB and, in fact, has worked on a committee or task every year with only one exception. She is active on not only RAHB committees and task forces, but in community committees and initiatives as well. Margaret is described as a “true example of leadership and giving”, a mentor with phenomenal patience and as “always available to lend a hand”.

 

Gala7Bonnie Dowling
(B. Dowling Real Estate Ltd.) received the Outstanding Community Service Award, presented to a member who has shown outstanding dedication to the real estate profession and exceptional volunteer service to his or her community.

Bonnie is a 33-year member of RAHB, a past president of the Association and an Honorary Life Member. She also received the Volunteer of the Year Award in 2012.

Bonnie has been active in the City of Hamilton Public Health “Community Food Advisors” program for over 20 years. She has served as Chair of the program, and continues to actively participate in a monthly seniors’ lunch program. As well as these current activities, Bonnie has been involved in lunch and children’s food programs, performed cooking demonstrations for seniors and Aboriginal men and others, and promoted healthy lifestyles in the community. Her infectious enthusiasm has made the learning experience enjoyable for others.

 

Entertainment
Entertainment during the cocktail hour and again during the gala program was provided by magician Mike D’Urzo.

Musical entertainment following the Gala program was provided by the George St. Kitts Band.

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Gala Highlights

  • RAHB members were recognized for the time they devoted to serving
    on RAHB committees and task forces in 2015 and for long-time membership at the Annual Appreciation Gala
    on Saturday, January 23, 2016.
  • RAHB President Kim Alvarez thanked committee, task force and Board members for their service, and noted that RAHB is “fortunate to have both veterans and newcomers who take time away from their businesses and personal lives to serve the wider interests of their fellow members and our association.”
  •  (left to right) RAHB CEO George O’ Neill presented certificates to outgoing directors Tim Mattioli, Gloria PaytonDave Nichols,
    Heidi Van Der Marel, Sean Morrison and Hank Balfoort while RAHB President Kim Alvarez thanked them for their contributions and dedication in advancing the interests of the association

Retiring-Directors

  • Gloria Payton (L. Piriano Real Estate) received the Award of Merit
  • Nancie Mleczko (Coldwell Banker Community Real Estate) received the Outstanding Community Service Award
  • Mike Cusano (RE/MAX Escarpment Realty) receive the Honorary Life Award
  • Long service pins were presented to the newest members of the Long Service Club. 50 members reached the 25-year milestone in 2015, 14 members reached the 40-year milestone, one member – Ron Hewitt – reached the 50-year milestone and one member – T. Glen Chambers – logged 65 years as a RAHB member.
  • Musical entertainment was provided by Kim & CompanyGala8

 


RAHB Awards

Congratulations to the following RAHB Award recipients!

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(photo left to right) Nancie Mlezcko, Mike Cusano and Gloria Payton

Outstanding Community Service – Nancie Mlezcko

Nancie Mlezcko (Coldwell Banker Community Real Estate) was presented with the Outstanding Community Service Award, which recognizes a member who has shown outstanding dedication to the real estate profession and exceptional volunteer service to her community.

Nancie has served on numerous RAHB committees and task forces over the last 25 years.  She is highly respected in the real estate profession and is known to be available to share her expertise with others.  She is co-founder of a franchise network which provides training as well as business and social networking opportunities to others in the organization.

Nancie has a long history of being involved in community and charitable organizations, and serves as mentor, committee member, tutor, volunteer for events, backstage manager, volunteer coordinator and sponsor, among other roles.  She has sat on numerous volunteer boards of directors and committees, has been active in election campaigns and served as volunteer supervisor of event services for the recent Pan Am Games.  Nancie received the Hometown Hero award for volunteerism and dedication to the community.

 

Honorary Life MembershipMike Cusano

Mike Cusano (RE/MAX Escarpment Realty Inc.) was presented with the Honorary Life Award, which recognizes an individual who has rendered outstanding service to the real estate industry and/or the Association.

Mike is known as a leader in the real estate profession who always leads with a strong ethical example. He has served on numerous RAHB committees and on the Board of Directors; he was RAHB President in 2007.  Mike has also served on various committees and the Board of the Ontario Real Estate Association and as a Director of the Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO).  Mike is a Fellow of the Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation and was recently re-elected as a RECO Director.

 

Award of MeritGloria Payton

Gloria Payton (L. Piriano Real Estate) was presented with the Award of Merit, which recognizes a member who has demonstrated exceptional dedication and service to RAHB.

Gloria has served twice on the RAHB Board of Directors and on numerous committees and task forces.  She is a known professional with the highest regards for ethical behaviour, who shows dedication to the profession by sharing her time and expertise with other members.  Gloria was a long-time instructor of RAHB’s new member orientation program, and she continues to mentor new members and others.

 

Long Service Award recipients

65 Year Recipient

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Kim Alvarez, 2016 RAHB President
and T. G. Chambers

 

 

 

50 Year Recipient

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Ron Hewitt

 

 

 

40 Year Recipients

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(first row l-r) Michel Desrochers, Erna Willem, Donna Gallo,
Elsie Anderson, Lino Colangelo
(back row l-r) Jamie Edwards, John Bucalo, Brian Lee, Mark Boyak

 

25 Year Recipients

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(first row l-r) Amy Gallant, Val Dalgetty-Righton, Debora Agro,
Margaret DeGroot
(back row l-r) Deborah Coles, Dominic Almonte, Laura Doucette

 

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(first row l-r) Oscar Simoes, Kimberly Ehler, Dean Spencer
(back row l-r) Paulo Ribeiro, Brian Miller, David Howitt,
J. Michael Ricottone

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(first row l-r) George Vergadis, David Stasuik,
(back row l-r) Frank Salvatore, John Schlett

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(first row l-r) Debby Murphy, Kim Hummell, Sue DePaulo, Janice Hinkley
(back row l-r) Kiet Le, John Petis, Bill Chow

Mark YOUR Calendar

Computer

Held at RAHB – 505 York Blvd. – Lower Level
C – Chambers Room M – McCullough Room

  • New Member Computer Training Level 1
    Thursday, December 10 – C, 9 a.m. – noon
    Thursday, December 17 – C, 9 a.m. – noon


Board of Directors, Committee and Task Force Meetings

Held at RAHB – 505 York Blvd. – First Floor
T – Thompson Room P – Purnell Room

  • Board of Directors
    Thursday, December 10 – T, 9 a.m.
  • Awards Task Force
    Friday, December 11 – T, 9:30 a.m.


Upcoming Events

  • Realty Shoppe Inventory Day
    Wednesday, December 16, 2015
    Shoppe will be CLOSED
  • Realty Shoppe Renovations
    Monday, December 21 – Wednesday, December 23.
    Shoppe will be CLOSED
  • Annual Appreciation and Awards Gala
    Saturday, January 23, 2016
    Michelangelo Events and Conference Centre
    1555 Upper Ottawa St, Hamilton
    (by invitation only)
  • REALTOR® CONNECTIONS
    Wednesday, March 23, 2016
    Hamilton Convention Centre
    1 Summers Lane, Hamilton


Office Closures

The RAHB office will be closed from 1 p.m.
Thursday, December 24, 2015 until
Monday, January 4, 2016.

Gala Highlights

RAHB members were honoured for their time, talents and long-time membership at the annual Appreciation and Awards Gala on Saturday, January 17 at Michelangelo’s.

  • RAHB President Donna Bacher thanked committee, council and task force members for their service in 2014, noting that “volunteers are vital to building our association and keeping it strong. Volunteers are the driving force behind the scenes.  We would be lost without them.”
  • Bacher also thanked outgoing Directors Rochelle Edwards, Bill Lawson, Paul Martindale and Bruce Moran, for their “countless contributions and dedication” in advancing the interests of the association.
  • Bruce Moran of Chase Realty Inc. received RAHB’s Award of Merit.

    Bruce MoranBruce Moran of Chase Realty Inc. received the RAHB Award of Merit
    in recognition of his contributions to the Association and his fellow members.

    Bruce has been a member of RAHB for 28 years and is the Broker of Record of Chase Realty Inc.  He served the Association as President (2013), as a Director and as chair and member of numerous RAHB committees and task forces.  During his time on the Board of Directors, Bruce was involved in setting the groundwork for service sharing with other real estate associations.  He received RAHB’s Volunteer of the Year Award in 2003.

    Bruce has long been an advocate for increased professionalism among REALTORS®.   He also actively promotes the Association and the real estate profession, and encourages RAHB members to volunteer their time to the Association and to participate in provincial and national real estate associations.
  • Honourary Life Memberships were awarded to Bonnie Dowling of Dowling Real Estate Ltd. and Robert Kronas of R. Kronas Real Estate (who was unable to attend the gala).Bonnie Dowling
    Bonnie Dowling, Broker of Record of B. Dowling Real Estate Ltd., is a RAHB past president (1994) who has served on virtually every RAHB committee or task force as well as on the OREA Board of Directors.  She has been described as an outstanding businesswoman and real estate professional, who demonstrates integrity, competence, honesty and loyalty, and is a staunch supporter of the Association.
  • Long service pins were presented to the newest members of the long service club. In total, 67 members reached their 25-year milestone in 2014, 16 members reached their 40-year milestone and one member – Robert Secord – completed 50 years of RAHB membership


25 Year Recipients

25a(l-r) Front row: Robert Bumelis, Nick Andric, Domenic Chiaravalle
and Edo Bergsma
2nd row: Patricia Bailey-Hamlett, Roger Brugess and Salma Ali

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(l-r) Front row: Ted Cipriani, Zgymunt Horbik, George Burtniak
and Dan Ferguson
2nd row: Doris Chiu, Bob Campbell and Rosemary Ferroni

25c

 (l-r) Front row: Robert Kelly, Joe Haslip, Janice James and Ron Leaist
2nd row: Carol Hanco, Anne Kopys-Medeiros and Sonnia Martorana

25d

(l-r) Front row: Richard Poziomka, Daniel Ribeiro,
Linda C. Sway and Dino Nicosia
2nd row: Reggie Nayyar, Mario Loranger and Darlyne Mills

25e

(l-r) Mark Wasilewski, Robert Lyons, Cynthia Williamson and Joe Vine


40 Year Recipients

40a(l-r) Front row: Charles Cupido, Michael Brierley,
Joan Morgan and John Iannuzzi
2nd row: Albert Rossini, Lee Plouffe and Mike Traina

40b(l-r) Bruce MacDonald, Mary Winter, Diane
Upsdell and Tony Ivic


50 Year Recipient
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Robert Secord

  •  The formal part of the evening ended with a presentation to Past President Tim Mattioli.
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  • Musical entertainment was provided by Kim & Company

Mark YOUR Calendar

Professional Development

Held at RAHB – 505 York Blvd. – Lower Level
C – Chambers Room                         M – McCullough Room

  • Fusion Level 1
    Wednesday, October 15 – C, 9 a.m. – noon
    Tuesday, October 28 – C, 9 a.m. – noon
  • Broker Load
    Friday, October 10 – C, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
    Thursday, October 23, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • New Member Orientation (by invitation only)
    Friday, October 24 – M, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • How to Hire the Right Assistant
    Wednesday, October 29 – M, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – 3 CE’s
  • GeoWarehouse
    Monday, November 3 – M, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – 2 CE’s
  • MPAC
    Wednesday, November 5 – M, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – 3 CE’s

To register for above courses, email Angela at angelam@rahb.ca or call 905.529.8101 x233


Board of Directors, Committee and Task Force Meetings

Held at RAHB – 505 York Blvd. – First Floor
T – Thompson Room                        P – Purnell Room

  • Government Relations
    Wednesday, October 15, 9:30 a.m., T
  • Scholarship
    Thursday, October 23, 2 p.m., T
  • Board of Directors
    Thursday, October 30, 9 a.m., T

 

Upcoming Events

Broker of Record/Managers Meeting
Wednesday, October 22
RAHB Office, 505 York Blvd., Hamilton, 8:30 a.m.

Town Hall Meetings

  • Dunnville
    Thursday, October 23, 9 a.m.
    Grace United Church, 301 Broad St E, Dunnville
  • Burlington
    Wednesday, October 29, 9 a.m.
    Tyandaga Golf and Country Club
    1265 Tyandaga Park Dr., Burlington


Regional Commercial Council
Election Breakfast
Wednesday, November 5, 7:30 a.m. – Voting
Waterfront Conference Centre
555 Bay St. N., Hamilton


RAHB Charity Auction & Social
Thursday, November 20 – Doors open at 6 p.m.
Michelangelo Events & Conference Centre
1555 Upper Ottawa, Hamilton


National Housing Day
Friday, November 21
Waterfront Conference Centre
555 Bay St. N., Hamilton


RAHB Election Meeting
Thursday, November 27, 8:30 a.m.
Royal Botanical Gardens
680 Plains Rd. W., Burlington


RAHB Annual Appreciation Gala
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Michelangelo Events & Conference Centre
1555 Upper Ottawa, Hamilton
(by invitation only)

 

RAHB Office Closures

Monday, October 13 for Thanksgiving Day

Gala Highlights

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President’s Appreciation and Awards Gala – Oh, What a Night!

Over 500 dignitaries, special guests and RAHB members partied the night away at the annual President’s Appreciation and Awards Gala on Saturday, January 22.  The Gala was hosted by 2010 RAHB president Joe Ferrante to thank and recognize volunteers; induct 49 members into the 25-year long service club, four members into the 40-year club and three into the 50-year club; and present honourary life memberships to two former RAHB presidents.

 

George Thomas provided lively entertainment throughout the evening, and the dance floor was rarely empty.