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Local REALTORS® Support the Sharing Place Food Centre

HUNTSVILLE– The Lakelands Association of REALTORS® has donated to the Sharing Place Food Centre as part of their Ontario REALTORS Care® and Tragic Relief Fund programs. This financial support is in response to the pandemic, the impacts of which are being felt by hundreds of local families and individuals, as well as the people who are working tirelessly to help feed the region’s most vulnerable residents.

“It was wonderful to receive the generous donation from The Lakelands Association of REALTORS® during COVID-19,” says Chris Peacock, Executive Director of The Sharing Place Food Centre. “The economic impact and job losses during this time have made it difficult for many families and individuals to afford food. The support we received allows us to invest in fresh, healthy food for many vulnerable households across our region.”

According to Food Banks Canada, the number of people requiring help has skyrocketed by at least 20 percent in most regions across the country since the lockdown began, with projections that these numbers will continue to rise in the weeks and months to come.
The Sharing Place provides a four-day emergency supply of healthy food once a month to families and individuals who identify as food insecure and 32 percent of their members are children. This type of support from the corporate sector is vital.

“During these unprecedented times, the most vulnerable members of our community have been impacted the hardest,” says local REALTOR® D’Arcy Hunt who represents Orillia on The Lakelands Association of REALTORS® Board of Directors. “It is important for our association to assist our community by giving back. By donating to the local food bank in Orillia, local REALTORS® are giving a helping hand in the hope that none of our local citizens have to go hungry to keep a roof over their head.”

Between the two organizations – the association’s Tragic Relief Fund and The Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation – The Lakelands Association of REALTORS® has donated $10,780 to food banks in the regions they represent (Haliburton, Muskoka, Orillia and Parry Sound) in response to the pandemic.

Provincially, the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) has donated $480,000 to Ontario shelters and shelter-based charities through the Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation. OREA’s donation will reach the most vulnerable populations through more than 50 shelters and food banks across Ontario.
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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.

The Lakelands Association of REALTORS® holds a Tragic Relief fund in their budget to help support significant local causes. The committee responsible for the fund considers tragic events throughout Parry Sound, Muskoka, Orillia and Haliburton that require an injection of funds to prevent further impact.

For more information contact:
Crystal Henderson, Executive Director of The Lakelands Association of REALTORS®
chenderson@thelakelands.ca

Local REALTORS® Donate to Muskoka Food Banks

HUNTSVILLE– The Lakelands Association of REALTORS® has donated to The West Muskoka Food Bank (Port Carling), The Salvation Army Food Bank (Gravenhurst), The Manna Food Bank (Bracebridge), The Table Foundation (Huntsville) and The Burk’s Falls and District Food Bank as part of their Ontario REALTORS Care® and Tragic Relief Fund programs. This financial support is in response to the pandemic, the impacts of which are being felt by hundreds of local families and individuals, as well as the people who are working tirelessly to help feed the region’s most vulnerable residents.

“We extend our heartfelt appreciation to The Lakelands Association of REALTORS® for their timely financial donation,” says Heather Cassie, CEO of The Table Foundation. “During this difficult time, many in our community have reached out for support. It is because of generous people and businesses, like the association, that we are able to continue to provide our services.”

According to Food Banks Canada, the number of people requiring help has skyrocketed by at least 20 percent in most regions across the country since the lockdown began, with projections that these numbers will continue to rise in the weeks and months to come. This type of support from the corporate sector is vital.

“We are so thankful for the generous donation received from the Lakelands Association of REALTORS®,” says Joy Murphy, who is a coordinator at the Burk’s Falls and District Food Bank.
“Donations such as this go a long way in helping us to provide our clients with a more healthy and nutritious diet, enabling us to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables and some dairy products that they would not normally have access to.” Murphy says that a lot of their clients are also dealing with physical disabilities and other health problems; having access to healthy food plays an essential role in improving their day-to-day lives and overall health.

“REALTORS® care deeply about our communities,” says Port Carling REALTOR® Catharine Inniss, who is president of The Lakelands Association of REALTORS® Board of Directors. “We believe that now more than ever, we need to support those who are most vulnerable. We know that members of our association are proud to be part of a profession that extends itself with these types of initiatives.”

Between the two organizations – the association’s Tragic Relief Fund and The Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation – The Lakelands Association of REALTORS® has donated $10,780 to food banks in the regions they represent (Haliburton, Muskoka, Orillia and Parry Sound) in response to the pandemic.

Provincially, the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) has donated $480,000 to Ontario shelters and shelter-based charities through the Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation. OREA’s donation will reach the most vulnerable populations through more than 50 shelters and food banks across Ontario.

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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.

The Lakelands Association of REALTORS® holds a Tragic Relief fund in their budget to help support significant local causes. The committee responsible for the fund considers tragic events throughout Parry Sound, Muskoka, Orillia and Haliburton that require an injection of funds to prevent further impact.

Contact:
Crystal Henderson, Executive Director of The Lakelands Association of REALTORS®
chenderson@thelakelands.ca

Local REALTORS® Support Parry Sound Harvest Share

The Lakelands Association of REALTORS® has donated to Parry Sound Harvest Share as part of their Ontario REALTORS Care® and Tragic Relief Fund programs in an effort to help support the families and individuals who are feeling the impact of the pandemic and the people who are working tirelessly to help them to put healthy food on the table.

“It was wonderful to receive the generous donation from The Lakelands Association of REALTORS® during COVID-19. The economic impact and job losses during this time has made it difficult for many families and individuals to afford food,” says Wendy Pegahmagabow,
Executive Director of Parry Sound Harvest Share. “Through this support from community minded individuals, agencies and organizations, Harvest Share will continue to provide much needed healthy and nutritious food for individuals and families in need in Parry Sound. We truly are in this together!”

According to Food Banks Canada, the number of people requiring help has skyrocketed by at least 20 percent in most regions across the country since the lockdown began, with projections that these numbers will continue to rise in the weeks and months to come. Parry Sound Harvest Share’s mission is to improve access to healthy, nutritious food for individuals and families in need in the District of Parry Sound, through a variety of programs.

“At the Lakelands Association of REALTORS® we strongly believe in supporting our communities in any way we can. We understand that COVID-19 and government restrictions have had a major effect on our communities and intensified financial instability,” says local REALTOR® Chuck Murney, who represents Parry Sound on The Lakelands Association of REALTORS® Board of Directors. “Through the Ontario REALTORS® Care Foundation, which is a province-wide REALTORS® initiative, we have been able to provide additional funds to support Harvest Share in Parry Sound in everything they do to support the community.”

Between the two organizations – the association’s Tragic Relief Fund and The Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation – The Lakelands Association of REALTORS® has donated $10,780 to food banks in the regions they represent (Haliburton, Muskoka, Orillia and Parry Sound) in response to the pandemic.

Provincially, the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) has donated $480,000 to Ontario shelters and shelter-based charities through the Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation. OREA’s donation will reach the most vulnerable populations through more than 50 shelters and food banks across Ontario.
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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.

The Lakelands Association of REALTORS® holds a Tragic Relief fund in their budget to help support significant local causes. The committee responsible for the fund considers tragic events throughout Parry Sound, Muskoka, Orillia and Haliburton that require an injection of funds to prevent further impact.

Contact:
Crystal Henderson, Executive Director of The Lakelands Association of REALTORS®
chenderson@thelakelands.ca

Local REALTORS® Support the Minden Food Bank

HUNTSVILLE– The Lakelands Association of REALTORS® has provided financial support to the Minden Food Bank as part of their Ontario REALTORS Care® and Tragic Relief Fund programs. This financial support is in response to the pandemic, the impacts of which are being felt by hundreds of families and individuals, as well as the people who are working tirelessly to help feed the region’s most vulnerable residents.

According to Food Banks Canada, the number of people requiring help has skyrocketed by at least 20 percent in most regions across the country since the lockdown began, with projections that these numbers will continue to rise in the weeks and months to come. This type of corporate support is essential.

“The timing for the donation is critical,” says local REALTOR® Andrew Hodgson, who represents the Haliburton region on The Lakelands Association of REALTORS® Board of Directors. “The Minden Food Bank has been overwhelmed with requests as a result of the economic impact on our community due the virus. The Minden Food Bank is a vital part of filling the needs of many, to enable a family to survive in these trying times.”

Between the two organizations – the association’s Tragic Relief Fund and The Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation – The Lakelands Association of REALTORS® has donated $10,780 to food banks in the regions they represent (Haliburton, Muskoka, Orillia and Parry Sound) in response to the pandemic.

Provincially, the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) has donated $480,000 to Ontario shelters and shelter-based charities through the Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation. OREA’s donation will reach the most vulnerable populations through more than 50 shelters and food banks across Ontario.
_______________________________________________________________

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.

The Lakelands Association of REALTORS® holds a Tragic Relief Fund in their budget to help support significant local causes. The committee responsible for the fund considers tragic events throughout Parry Sound, Muskoka, Orillia and Haliburton that require an injection of funds to prevent further impact.

Contact:
Crystal Henderson, Executive Director of The Lakelands Association of REALTORS®
chenderson@thelakelands.ca

New Lockbox Tech Will Revolutionize How Local REALTORS® Show Properties

June 1, 2020

Huntsville, ON – Local REALTORS® will be showcasing listings this busy spring season with a new tool that will improve security, efficiency, and client satisfaction. Smart, Bluetooth-compatible lockboxes will be replacing the conventional mechanical lockboxes that agents have been using for the last 30 years.

These new smart systems will ease many of the security and communication concerns sellers have about lockboxes with static passcodes. These new devices feature state-of-the-art technology that allow REALTORS® who work in the Lakelands districts to elevate the level of service and protection they can offer clients in Haliburton, Muskoka, Orillia and Parry Sound. This new program is a partnership with SentriLock LLC, which currently provides services to over 400,000 REALTORS® in North America, and over 30,000 REALTORS® in Canada.

“Our local REALTOR® members are hard-working and fully committed to consistently growing professionally,” says Lakelands Association of REALTORS® Board President Catharine Inniss. “Using these enhanced lockbox systems will improve how they work and the level of service they can provide their clients. It’s an exciting time for us.”

The supporting software and app have several features that will be especially beneficial to those in the Lakelands districts who are selling their second home or cottage from a remote location. The system accurately records the times and dates that the authorized REALTOR® has opened the lockbox. The technology also allows agents to use touch ID and facial recognition technology to open the lockbox. The listing brokerage and homeowner are updated in real time when a lockbox is opened, for even more peace of mind. And each individual lockbox can be programmed to operate only during hours approved by the seller.

“These smart lockboxes, with such impressive features, have been well-received by buyers, sellers and REALTORS® who are already using the system,” says Inniss. “We believe our members and their clients will benefit greatly from this new tool. We can’t wait to see how this technology will improve the valuable services that our members provide.”

Contacts

Crystal Henderson
Executive Director
The Lakelands Association of REALTORS®

chenderson@thelakelands.ca
705.788.1504 x 222

Catharine Inniss
Board President
The Lakelands Association of REALTORS®

cath@cottageinmuskoka.ca
705.801.2304

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