Karan Barker was a 25-year employee and former CEO of the REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington.  She passed away in 2001.  During her time with the association, Karan was involved in setting up the scholarship program that now bears her name.  She was active on committees at the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, the Hamilton-Halton Home Builders’ Association and the Ontario Real Estate Association.  Karan received both the Tony Kafun Award from OREA and the W. Frank Johns Award from CREA, both presented to the top executive officers in the industry.


2012 Karan Barker Memorial Scholarship Recipients

Emily Sara Agro is the daughter of Debora Agro of Ken Gies Real Estate Limited.  Emily is a graduate of Assumption College School.  She is now attending the University of Waterloo and is enrolled in the Honours Kinesiology program.  Her goal, after completing her undergraduate and graduate degrees, is to become a physiotherapist specializing in geriatrics.

Emily played the position of goalkeeper on both her varsity team and the Hamilton Sparta Women’s Regional Soccer Team (where she ranked first in the league).  She was also active in her school’s House of Commons and campus ministry.  She received a student council award, won the Specialist High Skills Major Award for Health Care, the Catholic Christian Services Award, the School Letter Award and was an Ontario Scholar and member of the Honour Roll.


Nathan Cupido is the grandson of Mario Cupido of Cupido Realty Inc.  Nathan is a graduate of St. Jean de Brebeuf Catholic Secondary School.   He is currently enrolled in the Arts and Science program at McMaster University.  Following graduation, Nathan intends to attend medical school and pursue a career in the medical field.

Nathan was captain of the senior boys basketball team and also played on the senior boys football and baseball teams.  He was the captain and MVP of his school’s Reach for the Top Trivia Team, was a peer tutor, was active in the Christian Service Club, was a participant – and winner – of the Waterloo Math Contest and participated in a trip to Uganda through the Ugandan Educational Learning Experience.  Nathan volunteered at the Feeder School Basketball tournament and also served as a volunteer coach and player for the Hamilton Wildcats Basketball Academy.  He was active in the St. Margaret Mary Parish as an altar server.  Nathan was the recipient of many school awards, including the Governor General’s Bronze Medal, Principal’s Award, Physical Education Graduation Award and was elected by his peers to be SJB Class Salutatorian.


Alexandra Herron is the daughter of Gary Herron of Coldwell Banker Pinnacle Real Estate.  She is a graduate of St. Mary Catholic Secondary School and now attends Trent University in the Concurrent Education Program.  When she graduates with her Bachelor of Science degree, she intends to enroll in Queen’s University teachers’ college. She hopes to teach math or geography in a HWCDSB secondary school.

Alexandra was involved on her school’s swim team, prefects and in the co-op program.  She participated in the D.R.E.A.M.S. trip to the Dominican Republic as well as the school board-wide pilgrimage to Lourdes, France.  She volunteered as a synchronized swimming coach at the Dundas Community Pool and as a participant in the Race for Kids.  She received a School Letter Award, was a member of her school’s Honour Roll and served on the Prom and Year Book committees.


Lindsey Morin is the daughter of Dave Morin of RE/MAX Garden City Realty Inc. in Waterdown.  She is a graduate of Waterdown District High School.  She is now enrolled in the Health Sciences program at Wilfred Laurier University and after graduation hopes to pursue a career in optometry, dentistry or orthodontics.

Lindsey was an Honours student and Ontario Scholar.  She received the Ernie Romain Leadership Award, was secretary of the student council, head of the WDHS Athletic Council, captain of the dance team and member of the Outbound Leadership Program.  She was chosen to attend Edgewood Leadership Camp.  Lindsey helped organize school events and volunteered to run the school’s concession.  She volunteered at the Flamborough Community Centre to raise money for the Optimist Club, participated in the Waterdown Santa Claus Parade for eleven years, sells daffodils to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society, volunteered at Burlington’s Relay for Life and participated in Burlington’s Run for the Cure.

Jamie Edwards, Chair of the Karan Barker Memorial Scholarship Fund, with
scholarship recipients (left to right) Emily Sara Agro, Nathan Cupido, Lindsey Morin
and Gary Herron on behalf of daughter Alexandra Herron.