Have you registered for REALTOR® CONNECTIONS 2017 yet?

Don’t forget to register for RAHB’s annual REALTOR® CONNECTIONS 2017 AGM, Conference and Trade Show before February 23, 2017 to receive free admission* to this event created specifically to help REALTORS® choose success!

Whether you are looking for local home improvement, financial, legal or other real estate service companies for yourself or for your clients, REALTOR® CONNECTIONS has you covered. Our diverse group of tradeshow exhibitors features the products and services you need to succeed as a REALTOR®. We also have three streams of informative knowledge pod sessions on real estate topics that matter to you. And last but not least, we have our fabulous keynote speaker, Stuart Knight, who will teach you how to harness the art of powerful conversation whether you are an introvert OR an extrovert!

To learn more about the knowledge pod sessions, keynote speaker, tradeshow and overall event agenda read the REALTOR® CONNECTIONS brochure. To register for REALTOR® CONNECTIONS 2017 or contact Sheila at the RAHB office at 905.529.8101 x234 or by email sheilas@rahb.ca.

* Please be advised that a $45 +HST No Show fee will be charged to those who register to the event but do not attend.

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.

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


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


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


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 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.









rc2017bannerAbout our Keynote Speaker, Stuart Knight
Stuart Knight is a critically-acclaimed author, award-winning entrepreneur and expert communicator who helps some of the world’s biggest companies reach new levels of success. When he is not on the road speaking, you may have seen or heard him on some of Canada’s biggest TV and radio stations where he is often asked for his expert opinion on high-level communication. He is the author of two books, You Should Have Asked – The Art of Powerful Conversation and The Madness of My Mind. Whether you are an introvert or an extrovert, Stuart is here to help you harness the conversation skills you need to choose success!




Register now for REALTOR® CONNECTIONS 2017!
Register online at http://registration.rahb.ca/MainList.aspx
or contact Sheila at 905.529.8101 x234 or sheilas@rahb.ca.

Raising the Fund-Factor!


Layne, “The Auctionista”, is BACK for our
28th REALTORS®4Kids Charity Auction
in support of the Children’s Fund!

RAHB’s 28th REALTORS®4Kids Charity Auction is just around the corner! To get the inside scoop behind the event, our dynamic host, Layne “The Auctionista”, shares her favourite things about working with local REALTORS®:

Q: What inspired you to become “The Auctionista”?
I am passionate about helping others succeed and achieve their dreams and potential. I knew that if I could combine my love of performing with my love of philanthropy, I would have my dream job! As “The Auctionista”, I raise millions of dollars for charities across Canada. These dollars help changes lives. This is my small part in contributing to making our world a better place.

Q: Why should someone attend the REALTORS®4Kids Charity Auction? It’s a “Party with a Heart”! When 500 people party and give back, it’s nothing short of amazing! Colleagues and friends will enjoy a fun and exciting night out that includes great food, fabulous entertainment and, of course, the excitement of competition with the live and silent auctions. What a great way to kick off your Christmas shopping!

Q: What is your favourite part about organizing an event with local REALTORS®?
The RAHB Charity Auction Task Force is made up of the most dedicated and committed group of individuals that I have had the pleasure of working with. Not only are they a super fun bunch, they are generous and work really hard to include amazing auction items and prizes. That is the recipe for a great guest experience and generous support for The Children’s Fund!


Annual RAHB Charity Auction
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Michelangelo Event & Conference Centre
1555 Upper Ottawa, Hamilton

$60/ticket        $600/table of 10

• Dinner     • Layne the Auctionista     • Live & Silent auctions
• Mark the DJ     • Door prizes & much more!

in support of the AM900 CHML/Y108/Fresh Radio 95.3 Children’s Fund

Event Sponsors:




To reserve your seat at REALTORS®4Kids Charity Auction, visit http://bit.ly/R4Kids16 or contact Sheila at sheilas@rahb.ca.

RCN Networking Luncheon

The RCN presents Jason Thorne, General Manager of Planning and Economic
Development, City of Hamilton, who will share updates and insights relating to
the City’s current and future development.

Friday, December 2, 2016
Scottish Rite Club
4 Queen St. S., Hamilton
11:30 a.m. — Networking
12 noon — Lunch

$35+HST (includes hot buffet lunch)

To register contact Kathy kathyr@rahb.ca

(Late cancellation: no registration fees will be refunded after November 24, 2016)