TREB Election results and award recipients to be announced

    TORONTO, June 15 /CNW/ - As result of its annual Member election, New
leadership for the Toronto Real Estate Board will be introduced Friday evening
at a reception recognizing long standing Members (25 and 50 Year Club Members)
and the association's volunteers.
    As well, awards will be presented to REALTORS(R) who have made
extraordinary contributions to the communities in which they live and work.
    Dorothy Mason, TREB's 2006/2007 President, noted that community
involvement has long been a hallmark of TREB REALTORS(R).
    This year, causes such as the United Way, public school breakfast
programs, women's shelters, seniors groups, organizations assisting earthquake
victims overseas and many others have been beneficiaries of TREB Members' hard
    "The real estate business depends upon personal relationships, and being
an active member of the community goes hand in hand with what being a real
estate professional is all about," Mrs. Mason said. "REALTORS(R) have a long
tradition of contributing to important causes, and we are proud that this
year's award recipients have held up this great tradition."
    Mrs. Mason is pleased to announce that former TREB staff member and
longserving Director Donald Bentley will take the reigns as President for the
2007/2008 year commencing July 1st.
    "I'm looking forward to the upcoming term because I think we have a lot
of good ideas to build on, and we have the will to get things done,"
Mr. Bentley said. "With real estate being such a key part of our current
booming economy, it's important that we take the right steps to keep the
business strong and the market healthy for consumers."
    For more information on award recipients and their community
contributions, please see the attached schedule.

    2007 Toronto Real Estate Board Civic Service Award recipients

    This honour recognizes Members who make a difference in their communities
by holding local fundraisers, volunteering in the community or contributing in
countless other ways to charitable causes.
    The following Members are being honoured with the Toronto Real Estate
Board's 2007 Civic Service Award:

    Rubi Talavera has been a passionate contributor to many local
initiatives, as well as working to better the lives of people in need in the

    Shelley Porritt is the founder and organizer of an initiative that
provides abused women in shelters with donated cosmetic products during the
holiday season.

    Catherine Kozma is very involved with the St. Alban's Boys and Girls
Club, and has long worked with nonprofit organizations to address drug use
within the City of Toronto.

    John Zimnock has made many contributions to charitable organizations over
the past 30 years, with a focus on building and supporting the Children's
Miracle Network.

    Pearl Godfrey and Karen Rosenberg have worked with many not for profit
organizations to find or develop new homes for approximately 300 people.

    Param Sidhu is a leader in the Sikh community, but also a tremendous
contributor to charitable causes such as the United Way and the Credit Valley

    Brent Haldane has long been involved with the Toronto East Detention
Centre, helping inmates learn ways of coping with life more effectively while
incarcerated as well as upon their release.

    Masood Khan has volunteered his time and worked hard to raise funds for
many causes, such as hospital cancer centres at home and abroad, St. John's
Ambulance, the Block Parents Association and the YMCA.

    Vijitha Bulathsinghala has worked hard on behalf of the Sri
Lankan-Canadian community, helping new immigrants to find jobs, access
training and deal with social and economic hardships of beginning life in a
new country.

    Carolyn Griffis has transformed the breakfast and snack programs at
several Toronto public schools in much need of assistance to feed their most
underprivileged students.

    Vijit Witane has dedicated himself to the cause of building and
supporting the Sri Lankan-Canadian community in the Toronto Area by giving a
voice and opportunities to people working hard to adjust to a new country.

    Esa Esanada has worked with organizations like the Rotary Club, India
Rainbow Community Services and the Hospice of Peel, to help battle poverty,
hunger, illiteracy and other social ills.

    Congratulations to all Civic Service Award recipients for their part in
building and supporting their communities.

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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