REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington Continues Commitment to Supporting Local Charities

Ontario REALTORS® Care® Grant Applications Now Being Accepted.

Hamilton, ON (August 20, 2021) – The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) is looking to support local shelter-based charities in the communities of Hamilton, Burlington, Haldimand County, and Niagara North by providing over $42,000 in donations. RAHB is accepting grant applications until Friday September 17, 2021.

RAHB is reaching out to its members and the communities it serves to raise awareness and guarantee that a variety of charities benefit from the grant each year.

“All strong communities have one thing in common – the ability to band together and help those in need,” says Donna Bacher, RAHB President. “RAHB is passionate about providing housing opportunities and building better communities and this grant facilitates both of these quality of life principles.”

Last year’s Grant Recipients from the REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington were:

  • Good Shepherd ($2,000)
  • Halton Women’s Place ($3,500)
  • St. Peter’s Hospital Foundation (part of Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation) ($2,000)
  • Indwell Community Homes (Indwell) ($4,000)
  • March of Dimes Canada Non-Profit Housing Corporation ($2,500)
  • Mission Services of Hamilton ($4,000)
  • Neighbour to Neighbour Centre ($4,000)
  • Restoration Second Stage Homes ($2,500)
  • Shifra Homes Inc. ($3,000)
  • The Bridge: From Prison to Community ($2,140)
  • The King’s Way Outreach Centre ($4,000)
  • The Salvation Army Ellen Osler ($2,000)
  • The Salvation Army Hamilton Booth ($1,500)
  • Wesley Urban Ministries (Wesley) ($3,000)
  • YWCA Hamilton ($2500)

For further details about the 2021 Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation Grants:

For questions about the grant or to submit an application, please contact

About the REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington: Established in 1921, the REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) is a registered non-profit organization that is the second largest real estate association in Ontario and the eighth largest in Canada. We represent over 3,500 members in Hamilton, Burlington and surrounding areas. Our members may use the REALTOR® trademark, which identifies them as a real estate professional who subscribes to a strict code of professional ethics. More information about RAHB is available at

About the Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation: The Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation, formerly the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) Foundation was established in 1967. The Foundation supports shelter-based charitable organizations across Ontario, making a difference in the lives of people and communities where REALTORS® live and conduct business

To make a donation to the Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation, go to

REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington Provides $19,290 in Support of Five Local Shelter Related Charities

Ontario REALTORS® Donate $1 million to Shelter-Based Charities as Pandemic Continues to Challenge Shelters and Food Banks

As the third wave of the pandemic continues to put pressure on the province’s already stretched shelter system, the REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington is supporting five shelter-based charities in our local community by providing $19,290 in funding to assist with service continuity. The five shelter-based charities that received funding are Halton Women’s Place, Salvation Army Hamilton Booth Centre,  The Bridge Hamilton, Wesley Urban Ministries, and YWCA Hamilton. This funding is part of the Ontario Real Estate Association’s (OREA) larger donation of $520,000 to Ontario shelters and food banks, which is on top of the $480,000 donation made one year ago. The funds will be distributed through the Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation to nearly 100 shelters and food banks across Ontario.

“The impacts of COVID-19 continue to be felt around the world, including in our local communities with vulnerable populations being disproportionately affected,” says RAHB President Donna Bacher. “In our RAHB market area, we have witnessed first-hand the tremendous work and obstacles these five charities have had to overcome during the pandemic. Our hope is that this donation will have a direct impact on our community and assist in each charity’s pandemic recovery plan.”

All charities receiving funding are listed on, a recently launched initiative with a mission to support Ontario REALTORS® in their work to build stronger communities across Ontario. In 2020 alone, the Foundation raised more than $1.1 million for shelter-based organizations. Today’s donation is part of OREA’s and ORCF’s longstanding commitment to helping families in need of emergency and permanent housing.

“The impact of this pandemic on our local communities has been devastating,” says President of the Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation Heather Arnott. “We hope this donation will help our community organizations continue the incredibly important work they do to help those going through tough times. I’d like to thank the OREA Board of Directors for their continued support of the Foundation and for their work in responding to the current COVID crisis. This funding is consistent with the socially responsible leadership that OREA, its 37 Member Boards and its REALTOR® Members provide to the Ontario communities they serve.”

Pictured is Anuja Varghese from YWCA Hamilton

To make a donation to the Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation, go to

REALTORS® Care Foundation Cheque Presentation

Representatives from 14 local charitable organizations received grant cheques from the Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation at the RAHB office on Thursday, December 19.

RAHB President Bob Van de Vrande and CEO Carol Ann Burrell presented cheques totaling $42,180 on behalf of the Foundation, which is supported by RAHB members. Each year, RAHB members raise funds that are distributed among local shelter-related organizations within the RAHB market area.

The recipients of the 2019 Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation grant are as follows: Restoration Second Stage Home, Neighbour to Neighbour, The Salvation Army Hamilton, Shifra Homes, Wesley Urban Ministries, Mission Services Hamilton, Indwell, The King’s Way Outreach, YWCA, The Bridge, Mark Preece Family House, March of Dimes, Good Shepherd Hamilton and St. Peter’s Hospital Foundation.

The recipients of the 2019 Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation grant are specifically using the funds for:

  • The Bridge: renovations to the temporary housing facility
  • The Good Shepherd Hamilton: purchase “Welcome Baskets” for two years (approximately 250 families)
  • Hamilton Health Science Foundation: create a second Enriched Environment — nursery
  • Indwell: fund community enhancing programs that are psycho-social activity groups
  • March of Dimes: upgrade and renovate Jason’s House to ensure accessibility
  • Mark Preece Family House: fund services required to continue providing assistance to families
  • Mission Services Hamilton: renovate a bedroom and bathroom that have potential health concerns
  • Neighbour to Neighbour: provide produce and dairy items to 1,200 households
  • Restoration Second Stage Home: open a residential program in Burlington for 2020
  • Shifra Homes: support the maternity home
  • The King’s Way Outreach: support two new programs — suicide prevention and literacy
  • The Salvation Army Hamilton: support the Salvation Army Meadowlands Adult Day Service
  • Wesley Urban Ministries: support the Youth Housing program
  • YWCA: support Phoenix Place

If you know any deserving shelter related organizations within the RAHB market area, please encourage them to apply to the Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation grant next year!

For more information about the REALTORS Care® Foundation, please go to

Please click the video to view a slideshow of all the charitable organizations receiving their cheque!

2020 Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation Board of Directors

Ladies and Gentlemen:

All qualified Ontario REALTORS® and Executive Officers are encouraged to seek election to the 2020 ONTARIO REALTORS CARE® FOUNDATION Board of Directors on February 25, 2020 at the Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation Annual General Meeting to be held at the Scotiabank Convention Centre, 6815 Stanley Ave., Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3Y9.

Linked below is a package of materials regarding the election for the 2020 ONTARIO REALTORS CARE® FOUNDATION Board of Directors. The package includes:

  1. Notice of Election – Call for Candidates
  2. Candidate Submission Form
  3. List of Member Boards within each Area
  4. Copy of an article which will appear in a Special News Bulletin and posted online at as an open call for candidates for election to the ONTARIO REALTORS CARE® FOUNDATION Board of Directors


Please note:

Interested candidates must submit a fully completed Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation Candidate Form, including their names, seconders and candidate credentials, by regular and/or registered mail and/or courier to the attention of:

Secretary-Treasurer of the Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation
c/o Andrew Popert, PwC | Partner, Assurance
PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP
PwC Tower, 18 York Street, Suite 2600
Toronto, Ontario M5J 0B2
Tel: (416) 687-8901

The signed original Candidate Submission Form must be received by PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP, on behalf of the Secretary-Treasurer of the Ontario REALTORS® Care Foundation no later than 4:30 p.m. on December 11, 2019.

Please Help Us Raise Funds for Hurricane Dorian Victims

Hurricane Dorian has caused extensive devastation on the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama in the Bahamas. At least 50 people lost their lives and an estimated 2,500 are still missing. According to the United Nations, 70,000 people are now homeless and need immediate humanitarian relief.

Please be advised that CREA has just launched a fundraising campaign in support of the Canadian Red Cross’ Hurricane Dorian Appeal, as directed by the REALTORS Care® Committee. CREA is encouraging the REALTOR® community to make tax-receiptable donations using their REALTORS Care®-branded fundraising page: Donations will be used by the Canadian Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster and other related events in and around the affected area.

CREA would appreciate your help in spreading the word about their campaign to encourage donations and amplify our message that REALTORS® from across Canada are here to help. Please visit the REALTORS Care® Facebook PageTwitter and Instagram accounts to find content you can easily share with your social networks.

Thank you in advance for your support.

Habitat Home Build Day – All Spots Full

Thank you everyone who volunteered to participate in RAHB’s Home Build Day for Habitat for Humanity Hamilton.

We had a wonderful response from RAHB members and all spots have now been filled.

We will be sure to post photos from the day within an upcoming NewsReal.

REALTORS Care® Spirit Award

Congratulations to Immediate Past President, Jack Loft, who won the 2019 Spirit Award from the Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation!

The Spirit Award is given to individuals and organizations that have been instrumental in promoting the good works of the Ontario REALTORS® Care Foundation through past successes and continual fundraising support!

REALTORS® Care! REALTORS® Support Local Charities

Representatives from 10 local charitable organizations were at RAHB to receive grant cheques from the Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation on Thursday, December 13 and Tuesday, December 18.

RAHB President Jack Loft and CEO George O’Neill presented the cheques totaling $35,500 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 Food for Thought, March of Dimes, Mark Preece Family House, Neighbour to Neighbour, The Bridge, The King’s Way Outreach Centre, The Salvation Army Hamilton, Wesley Urban Ministries and the YWCA Hamilton.

For more information about the REALTORS Care® Foundation, go to

Caption: RAHB CEO George O’Neill (back row, extreme left) and President Jack Loft (back row, second from the left) with REALTORS Care® Foundation grant recipients. (The representative from March of Dimes is missing from this photo.)

RAHB President Jack loft presents a cheque to Pam Rogers of March of Dimes Canada.


Roughly 550 wildfires are burning across British Columbia, and more than 20,000 people are affected by either an evacuation order or alert.

The Canadian Real Estate Association has launched a fundraising campaign in support of the Canadian Red Cross’s B.C. Fires Appeal. Will you help your fellow Canadians in their time of need?

CREA has sent additional information to all members – check your inbox, or donate now by using the link below.


Royal LePage Burloak Real Estate Services recently celebrated its year-round commitment to supporting Halton Women’s Place and the Carpenter Hospice with a total donation of $42,000!

Funds for the two local charitable organizations are raised through Royal LePage Burloak’s annual golf tournament and Halloween Chili Bowl, with additional trades-based donations from members in the office.

REALTORS® really do care about their communities!

(Front Row: Angie Mackie, Rebecca Ryder and JoAnn Landry of Royal LePage Burloak Real Estate Services and Mae Radford of The Carpenter Hospice, backed by REALTORS® and staff from Royal LePage Burloak Real Estate Services.)


Does your office raise funds for or work with charitable organizations in your community? Why not let other REALTORS® know? Send the details to

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