June 23, 2016 – an excellent day for golf!


Golf9Over 100 RAHB members, supporters and tournament sponsors turned out to enjoy a day of golf, food and prizes at the 19th annual Charity Golf Tournament at Copetown Woods Golf Club. The weather cooperated and made for a perfect day!

Prize winners


(l-r) Dave Steinman, Chris Cutaia, Jason Hensen, Lisa Hensen (Top Foursome) and RAHB President, Kim Alvarez


Golf2(l-r) Don Abma (Closest to the Rope – Men’s), RAHB President Kim Alvarez, Pearl Schinkel (Closest to the Rope – Ladies’)


Golf3(l-r) RAHB President Kim Alvarez, Evan Stark (Longest Drive – Men’s)


Golf4(l-r) RAHB President, Kim Alvarez and Darlene Kretzschmar (Closest to the Crown Royal)


Golf5(l-r) Jason Craddock (Closest to the Pin) and RAHB President, Kim Alvarez


Golf6(l-r) Dave Steinman (50/50 Draw) and RAHB President Kim Alvarez


Golf7(l-r) Jason Hensen, Sanjay Modi and Marilyn Kuhnle (1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively, Putting Contest)

Julia Fedak (Longest Drive – Ladies’) no photo


Unfortunately, there were no winners of the two Hole-in-One contests and the prizes – a 2-year lease on a 2016 Mercedes and an Air Transat vacation – went unclaimed. The good news is that $1,160 was raised through the entry fee for the Air Transat vacation contest and it will be going to the Childhood Cancer Foundation – another winner in the tournament!

Golf8(l-r) Robert Schinkel, Golf Tournament Task Force chair; Lorraine Ferrari, Golfer’s Green; and RAHB CEO, George O’Neill


Thanks to the golfers, sponsors and donors who supported the tournament and helped make it a great day. The numbers aren’t in yet for how much was raised for the Karan Barker Scholarship Fund, so watch Message of the Day and REALinfo for the results.

Event Sponsors

The Hamilton Spectator

Real Estate News & Buyers Guide

Real Services Photography Inc.

ACISS Home and Commercial Inspections
American House
Brechin & Huffman
Castlerock Inspections
Coldwell Banker Community Professionals
Creative Outdoor Advertising
J.M. Edwards Associates
Frankel Law Offices
Genworth Canada
Golfer’s Green
Green Germann Sakran
Investors Group Financial Services Ltd.
Mercedes Benz Burlington
Michelangelo Events & Conference Centre
Ontario Real Estate Association
Royal LePage Burloak Real Estate Services
Royal LePage Niagara Real Estate Centre
SB Partners
Schinkel Real Estate & Appraisals
SMD Design & Print Solutions
Sutton Group Innovative Realty
The McLean Team
The Real Estate Book
The Royal Coachman
Uncle Ross Golf
Wicked Things
Xanadu Woodworks


REALTORS® Ride for Charity!

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The 11th annual REALTORS® Ride for Charity will take place on Wednesday, July 6, 2016. Destination: Sudbury!

This motorcycle ride raises funds for the Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation, and every dollar raised goes to supporting shelter-related causes in our communities.

This year’s ride kicks off at the TREB office in Newmarket, then winds its way to the Sudbury Real Estate Board, with stops at the Barrie and District, The Lakelands and North Bay real estate associations’ offices.

Register to ride yourself, or support a RAHB member who has already registered to take part in the Ride. So far, we know of four members on the Ride: Bruce King (Sutton Zenith Real Estate Brokerage), Jamie Edwards (J.M. Edwards Associates Inc.), Tim Mattioli (RE/MAX Escarpment Realty Inc.) and Richard Schilstra (RE/MAX Riverside Realty Inc.). You can sponsor a RAHB Rider online at https://realtorscareontario.ca/ride/sponsor.

REALTORS® donate to Fort McMurray Fire Appeal

(received from CREA)

Thanks in large part to your wonderful support, the Canadian REALTORS Care® Foundation has raised $186,000 for the Canadian Red Cross’ Alberta Fires Appeal. CREA will be cutting a cheque for that amount to send to the Canadian Red Cross (and sharing this good news publicly so they can start putting the funds donated so far by the REALTOR® Community to good use in support of Fort McMurray evacuees. CREA will follow that up with more cheques as they receive more donations over the next few weeks.

Thanks to RAHB members who donated to the Alberta Fires Appeal!  To date, RAHB members have donated $2,705 to the campaign.    If you would like to make a donation, through the Canadian REALTORS® Care Foundation, donate online at  https://secure.e2rm.com/registrant/donate.aspx?EventID=89286&LangPref=en-CA or send a cheque to Canadian REALTORS Care® Foundation, c/o The Canadian Real Estate Association, 200 Catherine St., 6th floor, Ottawa, ON  K2P 2K9

Auction results!


The results are in from the REALTORS® 4 Kids Charity Auction!  Members, sponsors and friends of the REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington raised $65,950 in support of the CHML/Y108/953Fresh FM Children’s Fund. Over the 27 years of the partnership, RAHB’s annual auction has raised over $900,000 for the charity, making RAHB its single largest contributor.


Marlene Vieira Leslie,  Chair of Charity Auction Task Force (front row left) and 2015 President Donna Bacher (front row right), along with members of the Charity Auction Task Force (middle row  left to right – Brian Gerrard, Kathy Della-Nebbia, Deborah Coles; back row – Diana Gallacher), present a cheque in the amount of $65,950 to Olivia DePetris, Vice President The Children’s Fund.

How you can help Syrian refugees

Our area is expecting a significant number of Syrian refugees over the next few months.  As a REALTOR®, you have unique qualifications and relationships which may be helpful for the refugees and the agencies helping to settle them.

  1. You and your clients own real estate, homes and rental properties, and housing is one of the most critical issues facing newcomers to our communities.  You may also know of warehouses or storage facilities that can be used to store donated items.
  2. You have strong relationships with your clients and know when they are renovating or intending to get rid of household items.  Furniture and small appliances are needed to help the newcomers make their houses feel like homes.

See how you can help by checking out the FAQ put together by RAHB and the Housing Help Centre:   http://www.rahb.ca/email/SyrianRefugeeFAQ.pdf

Wesley Urban Ministries is compiling a database and will work to pair refugees with appropriate housing.  If you or your clients are looking to help and have housing that can be made available please complete this form:

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The Salvation Army is helping Wesley with donated items and more information can be found here:

To donate to the Syrian Refugee Fund visit http://wesley.ca/syrian-refugee-fund/


To find out more about the people who are joining our community, please see the Government of Canada’s profile on Syrian refugees:    http://wesley.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Syrian-Population-Profile.pdf


For more information about how you can help, please contact Megan at the RAHB office – 905.529.8101 x295 or meganp@rahb.ca.

REALTORS® support shelter-related organizations

Representatives from nine local charitable organizations were on hand to receive donations from the REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) on Thursday, December 10, 2015.

2015 RAHB President Donna Bacher and CEO George O’Neill presented the cheques totaling $53,521 on behalf of the Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation, which is supported by members of the Association.  Each year, funds donated by RAHB members come back to the community, to be distributed to shelter-related organizations.

Cheques were presented to Good Shepherd, Indwell (formerly Homestead Christian Care), Mark Preece Family House, Mission Services, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation, St. Peter’s Hospital Foundation, The Bridge, The Salvation Army Hamilton and the YWCA Hamilton.

For more information about the Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation, go to https://realtorscareontario.ca/.


Royal LePage Burloak Chili Bowl raises money for local shelters

Royal LePage Burloak Real Estate Services held its 6th Annual Charity Halloween Chili Bowl on October 28, 2015 to raise money for Halton Women’s Place and The Carpenter Hospice.

Approximately 130 people attended the event, including Royal LePage Burloak Real Estate Services’ sales representatives, administrative employees and community sponsors.  The event raised over $3,000 for
the shelters

Over the past thirteen years, Royal LePage Burloak Real Estate Services has raised over $250,000 in support of Halton Women’s Place and the Carpenter Hospice and continues to contribute to the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation by organizing and holding fundraising events throughout the year.


Keller Williams Complete raises funds for Habitat

On September 23, 2015, Keller Williams Complete Realty held its second annual charity golf tournament in support of the Women in Law (WIL) build and Habitat for Humanity.  Through the  tournament, sponsorships and donations, Keller Williams Complete donated $20,965 to Habitat
for the build.

REALTORS® 4 Kids Charity Auction – not the same old cocktail party!

RAHB’s 27th annual charity auction underwent a rebranding (remember the Christmas Tree of Hope charity auction?) and a change of format for 2015, and drew almost 500 REALTORS®, their clients and friends for an evening of great food, fun and – most importantly – fundraising for The Children’s Fund.




The evening included a four-course sit-down dinner, live and silent auctions, draws, door prizes, giveaways and the chance to make a difference in the lives of children in the Hamilton/Burlington area.

RAHB engaged the services of professional  auctioneer Linda Leija, “the Auctionista,” to act as emcee for the event and to conduct the live auction.  Guests were entertained and challenged to open their wallets for the cause.


The final tally of the proceeds from the evening was not available at the time of publications; watch Message of the Day (MOD) for the final number.