Toronto REALTORS(R) Demonstrate Importance of Working Together

    TORONTO, June 19 /CNW/ - REALTORS(R) are skilled at bringing people
together, and that is exactly what they did during the Toronto Real Estate
Board's Civic Connections: Working Together reception, which featured a
keynote address by Dr. David Suzuki. The recent event also included the
presentation of a political contribution award to City of Toronto Councillor
Michael Feldman, and the presentation of scholarships to two exceptional
    "In their line of work, REALTORS(R) are always bringing people together.
The Toronto Real Estate Board wanted to take this a step further and bring
together political and community leaders to foster the relationships that will
help us all to meet the challenges that we face," said Dorothy Mason,
President of the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB).
    The event featured a keynote address by internationally renowned
scientist, environmentalist, and broadcaster, Dr. David Suzuki. Politicians,
civil servants, and REALTORS(R) from TREB's Board of Directors and Government
Relations Committee heard how they can work together to address environmental
concerns. Dignitaries in attendance included GTA Mayors, Toronto City
Councillors, GTA Councillors, MPPs, Municipal City Managers, and a GTA fire
    "No issue needs us all to work together more than the environment and
nobody articulates this better than Dr. Suzuki. His passionate address
illustrated the need for the public and elected officials to think about their
actions on a global scale," said Mason.
    The Toronto Real Estate Board also took the opportunity to recognize the
efforts of City of Toronto Councillor Michael Feldman by awarding him TREB's
first ever Political Contribution Award.
    "On countless occasions, Councillor Feldman has demonstrated what can be
achieved when we work together. His contributions to the City of Toronto, and
to the advancement of the real estate industry in the Greater Toronto Area
through his work in the private and public sectors is unsurpassed. TREB is
proud to present him with this award," Mason said.
    Also for the first time, two $5,000 TREB Past President's scholarships
were presented to two GTA graduating high school students planning to continue
their education. TREB Past President John W. Meehan presented Rachel Johnston
of University of Toronto Schools with an award for her 500-word essay on "The
environmentally friendly home of the future." Adam Kahn of Thornhill Secondary
School was honoured for his essay addressing the question, "Should property
rights be enshrined in the Canadian Constitution?"
    "These scholarships help re-affirm the importance that REALTORS(R) place
on continuing education," said Mason.

For further information:

For further information: Wendy Craven, Director, Public Relations,
Toronto Real Estate Board, Office: (416) 443-8159, 24-Hour Cell: (416)
277-7390, Email:

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