2017 Karan Barker Memorial Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to these sons and daughters of RAHB members and RAHB staff who were awarded $2,000 Karan Barker Memorial Scholarships at the RAHB Annual Election Meeting on December 5, 2017!

 

Mark Bertone

Mark Bertone is the son of RAHB staff member Cathy Sorbara.  Mark is a graduate of St. Jean de Brebeuf Catholic High School and he is now attending McMaster University in the Honours Bachelor program in Biology, with a view to doing post graduate work in Medicine to become a doctor.

Mark was very active in his high school with fundraising events such as the Terry Fox Run and pilgrimage walks to raise funds for Third World countries. He was a school library volunteer after school hours.  In the community, Mark is an active member of his church, and was an altar server for six years. In 2013, he volunteered as a team leader in the church’s summer camp. He also served as assistant coach in the Mount Hamilton Youth Club and volunteered as a companion/sitter for an elderly woman.

 

Seth CarterSeth Carter is the son of Derek Carter of RE/MAX Escarpment Realty Inc. Seth graduated from Bishop Tonnos Catholic Secondary School and is now attending McMaster to pursue a career in nursing and he is hoping to specialize in the surgical field.

In high school, Seth assisted Grade 1 and 2 students in reading, writing and mathematics at Holy Name of Mary Catholic Elementary School. He was elected to the first-ever Bishop Tonnos Secondary School Prefect Council. He also tutored all grades, ran school-wide events such as Grade 9 Day, introduced parents and new students to the school, and mentored students who had difficulty in becoming part of the Bishop Tonnos community. He also volunteered at the Bishop Tonnos annual We Scare Hunger event. Outside of school, Seth volunteered at Rygel Homes for Community Living and canvassed for the Heart and Stroke Association.

 

Lianna GenoveseLianna Genovese is the daughter of Joe Genovese of Coldwell Banker Community Professionals. Lianna graduated from St. Thomas Moore Catholic Secondary School and is now attending McMaster University in the Integrated Biomedical Engineering and Health Science faculty. Her long-term goal is to design prosthetics and create medical technology advancements, which she hopes would be used in third world countries.

At school, Lianna served as Prefect and Senior School Leader, organized fundraisers, participated in the Best Buddies activities and helped integrate grade nine students into the school. She also volunteered in the breakfast program and was the leader and representative of Knight Runners, for which she organized community charity runs, collected charitable donations and raised school awareness of various causes.  Outside of school, Lianna canvassed for the Heart & Stroke Association.

 

Vito ManchisiVito Manchisi is the son of Leo Manchisi of Century 21 Miller Real Estate. Vito is a graduate of Corpus Christi Catholic Secondary School and is now attending Western University, where he is taking Kinesiology with a view to working in sports therapy.

Vito is a sports enthusiast – he played high school soccer and football as well as Grade 9 basketball; helped run local hockey tournaments and elementary track meets, played in Burlington’s Rep soccer program and volunteered at Allstar Sports Camp for two years. In addition to his sports activities, Vito was also a mentor who helped grade nine students transition into high school.

 

 

Alyssia SilenziAlyssia Silenzi is the daughter of Mark Silenzi of RE/MAX Escarpment Realty Inc.  Alyssia graduated from Saint Thomas More Catholic Secondary School and is now attending the Nursing program at Brock University.

In high school, Alyssia was part of multiple clubs, activities and volunteer efforts. She is particularly proud of her involvement with the Read More Book Club, for which she was in charge of the “Read More Succeed More Book Drive” for Ronald McDonald House Hamilton. Alyssia was also involved in the Halloween 4 Hunger campaign and the school’s “Christmas Miracle” campaign.

Alyssia was the lead flute player in the Saint Thomas More concert band, and a cast member in the school’s production of “Footloose”. Outside of school, Alyssia volunteered at the Juravinski Hospital and was a volunteer swim instructor at a City of Hamilton pool.

 


The Karan Barker Memorial Scholarship is named for Karan Barker, a former executive officer of the REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington. Karan was an outstanding EO, winning awards from both OREA and CREA in recognition of her contributions to our association and the real estate profession.

Karan Barker Scholarships are presented each year to students who are children or grandchildren of RAHB members or RAHB staff. All recipients are attending or will be attending university or college.These young people have demonstrated academic excellence and a high level of involvement in their school or the community.

To date, $96,500 has been awarded to 70 students since the inception of the Scholarships in 2001.

Karan Barker Scholarship Deadline

Deadline for 2017 Karan Barker Scholarships is Friday, August 11!

If your son, daughter, grandson or granddaughter is intending to apply for a Karan Barker Scholarship, remind them the deadline for applications is coming up very soon, on August 11, 2017

Qualifications for a scholarship:

  • attending, or has an acceptance to attend, university or community college
  • outstanding academic record and/or is very involved in school activities or the community
  • can demonstrate maturity, initiative and/or strength of character

Complete details are on the 2017 scholarship application – find it on REALTOR Link® (look under the Forms & Member Changes tab) or at http://bit.ly/RAHBscholar2017.

Karan Barker Scholarship

 

Applications for the 2017 Karan Barker Scholarships are now available!

Does your daughter or son – or granddaughter or grandson – qualify for a Karan Barker Scholarship?

Does she or he…

1. attend, or have an acceptance to attend, university or community college?

2. demonstrate academic excellence? Get involved in school activities or the community?

3. show maturity, initiative and/or strength of character?

If this sounds like your child or grandchild have them complete an application for a 2017 Karan Barker Scholarship!

Application deadline is Friday, August 11, 2017.

Karan Barker Scholarship

Karan Barker Scholarship

Investing in the next generation

 

The Karan Barker Scholarship Fund was introduced in 2000 as a way to honour the significant and ongoing contributions of Karan Barker, RAHB’s Executive Officer at the time, and to help the children and grandchildren of RAHB members and staff pay for their secondary education.

That same year, a task force, which included Karan, was set up to develop criteria and eligibility requirements for scholarship applicants. A fundraising effort was also begun, and by the end of the year, over $1,100 was in the fund. The goal was to
eventually raise $100,000.

Sadly, Karan Barker passed away in February of 2001. By November of that year, the fund nearly reached its $100,000 goal thanks to gifts from more than 120 donors, with many of the donations made in Karan’s memory. The first scholarship was awarded at the end of 2001, to Abbie Howdon, daughter of Ron Howden (now of Chase Realty Inc.).

Since 2001, the scholarship fund has continued to grow from donations from individual member donors and from the proceeds from the RAHB annual charity golf tournament, the HBDREB income trust and staff “casual day” fund. Today, the scholarship fund is a healthy $200,000, which allows scholarships to be paid from the interest accrued.

Karan Barker Scholarships are presented annually at the RAHB Annual Election Meeting. To date, $86,500 has been invested in 65 students.

The Karan Barker Scholarship application is now available – see page 15 for a link to the application form and find complete details for submitting an application on the form.

“An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” – Benjamin Franklin

Applications for the 2017 Karan Barker Scholarships are now available!

Next time you are at the RAHB office, check the donor and recipient wall opposite the members’ resource centre on the main floor!

Does your daughter or son – or granddaughter or grandson – qualify for a Karan Barker Scholarship?

Does she or he

1. Attend, or have an acceptance to attend, university or community college?
2. Demonstrate academic excellence? Get involved in school activities or the community?
3. Show maturity, initiative and/or strength of character?

If this sounds like your child, have them complete an application for a 2017 Karan Barker Scholarship!

Download the 2017 scholarship application from REALTOR Link® (look under the Forms and Member Changes tab) or here.

Application deadline is Friday, August 11, 2017.

RAHB scholarship available!

Do you have a child or grandchild who is heading off to (or already in) university or college who qualifies for the Karan Barker Scholarship?

This scholarship is awarded to a student who has demonstrated academic excellence, a high level of involvement in school and/or the community, maturity, initiative and/or strength of character.

If that sounds like your offspring, have them apply for a scholarship!  The application is in REALTOR Link® under the Member Services tab or here.  The deadline for applications is Friday, August 12, 2016.

RAHB scholarship available!

Do you have a child or grandchild who is heading off to (or already in) university or college who qualifies for the Karan Barker Scholarship?

This scholarship is awarded to a student who has demonstrated academic excellence, a high level of involvement in school and/or the community, maturity, initiative and/or strength of character.

If that sounds like your offspring, have them apply for a scholarship!  The application is in REALTOR Link® under the Member Services tab or here.  The deadline for applications is Friday, August 12, 2016.

Scholarship application now available

Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Karan Barker Scholarship.

This scholarship is awarded to a student who is or will be attending university or community college and is a child or grandchild of a RAHB member or RAHB employee.  The student must demonstrate academic excellence, a high level of involvement in school and/or the community, maturity, initiative and/or strength of character.

Application deadline is Friday, August 12, 2016.  The application can be found in REALTOR Link® under the Member Services tab or here.

Scholarship application now available

Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Karan Barker Scholarship.

This scholarship is awarded to a student who is or will be attending university or community college and is a child or grandchild of a RAHB member or RAHB employee.  The student must demonstrate academic excellence, a high level of involvement in school and/or the community, maturity, initiative and/or strength of character.

Application deadline is Friday, August 12, 2016.  The application can be found in REALTOR Link® under the Member Services tab or here.

 

 

Scholarships awarded to four outstanding students

The Karan Barker Scholarship is named for Karan Barker, a 25-year RAHB employee and former executive officer.  Karan was an outstanding executive officer, and won both the Tony Kafun Award from OREA and the W. Frank Johns Award from CREA in recognition of her contributions to her real estate association and the real estate profession. 

Scholarships are presented annually to students who are children or grandchildren of RAHB members or Association staff.  They students are attending or will be attending university or college.  They must demonstrate academic excellence and a high level of involvement in school and/or their community.

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This year, $2,000 scholarships were presented to four students. Scholarship Task Force chair Jamie Edwards made the presentations at the recent Annual Election Meeting.

Recipients(l-r):  Liane Varga (mother of Emily Varga); Thomas Antony; Jamie Edwards; and Kayla Della-Nebbia; Christina Lee was unable to attend.

 

Thomas Antony is the son of Saji Antony of Royal LePage State Realty.  He is a graduate of Cardinal Newman Catholic Secondary School and is now attending McMaster University in the Nursing program.  His goal is to eventually become a Certified Registered Nurse Anaesthetist and practice in foreign countries.

While in high school, Thomas made a point of participating in his school and community.  He participated in the Pilgrimage Walk, was a member of Run for Their Lives, the chess club, track and field team and the concert band.  He volunteered at St. Joseph’s hospital as well as Pine Villa and Clarion nursing homes and the Saltfleet Public Library.  He was a member of the Hamilton Malayalam Samajam Youth Committee, for which he organized annual summer camps and fundraisers.

Kayla Della-Nebbia is the daughter of Kathy Della-Nebbia of Royal LePage State Realty.  Kayla is a graduate of Bishop Ryan Catholic Secondary School and is now studying the Humanities at McMaster University.  While she isn’t sure yet what she will major in, Kayla would ultimately like to be an entrepreneur and open her own business in Hamilton some day.

In high school, Kayla played on the volleyball, badminton and track teams, and was on the music council, student council and stage crew, plus was in the band and choir.  She was on the Honour Roll each year she was in secondary school.

Christina Lee is the daughter of Leslie Lee of Chase Realty.  Christina is a graduate of Delhi District Secondary School and the University of Toronto, and she is now pursuing her Master of Arts degree in French linguistics.  After that, the plan is to earn her Master of Teaching degree with a focus on French as a second language so she can teach; her long-term goal is to improve Canada’s bilingualism.

Christina says that extracurricular life is essential to a healthy academic career.  At the University of Toronto, she participated in theatre and other community groups, served as artistic director in the Drama Society, and helped shape the University of Toronto Drama Coalition which fosters better cooperation among the nine theatre producing groups on campus.  She also organized the Drama Coalition Awards, which recognizes the students involved in campus theatre.  She was active in all areas of theatre on campus.

Emily Varga is the granddaughter of Erna Willem of Royal LePage State Realty.   Emily graduated from Holy Trinity Catholic High School and is now attending Queen’s University in her second year of Engineering.   She hopes to earn her bio-chemical engineering degree and work in pharmaceuticals to develop new natural medicines to help cure common diseases and illnesses.

When she began university, Emily was determined to be involved in her new school community, and served as the First Year Conference logistics coordinator for the Engineering Society, Welcome Week leader and manager of First Year Project coordinators.  She also served as an Engineering Society Fix ‘n’ Clean volunteer and open house tour guide.  She played intramural inner tube water polo and volleyball.


To date, including this year, RAHB has awarded $76,500 to 60 students.

 

Scholarship deadline fast approaching

The deadline for applications for the Karan Barker Scholarship is
Friday, August 14, 2015.  The application can be found in REALTOR Link® under the Member Services tab.

The Karan Barker Scholarship is awarded to a student who is or will be attending university or community college and is a child or grandchild of a RAHB member or RAHB employee.  The student must demonstrate academic excellence, a high level of involvement in school and/or the community, maturity, initiative and/or strength of character.

Scholarship application now available

Applications are now being accepted for the
2015 Karan Barker Scholarship
.

This scholarship is awarded to a student who is or will be attending university or community college and is a child or grandchild of a RAHB member or RAHB employee.  The student must demonstrate academic excellence, a high level of involvement in school and/or the community, maturity, initiative and/or strength of character.

Application deadline is Friday, August 14, 2015.  The application can be found in REALTOR Link® under the Member Services tab.

Scholarship application now available

Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 Karan Barker Scholarship.

This scholarship is awarded to a student who is or will be attending university or community college and is a child or grandchild of a RAHB member or RAHB employee.  The student must demonstrate academic excellence, a high level of involvement in school and/or the community, maturity, initiative and/or strength of character.

Application deadline is Friday, August 14, 2015.  The application can be found in REALTOR Link® under the Member Services tab.