New President & Board for The Lakelands

MUSKOKA – REALTOR® members of The Lakelands Association of REALTORS® acclaimed their 2016 Board of Directors and new president at the Annual General Meeting held in Orillia on April 28th. President Mike Taylor takes the reins of the local real estate association from Past-President Tom Wilkinson.

“I’m honoured to work with such an experienced Board of Directors.  After serving as President-Elect in 2015, gaining so much knowledge and leadership training from the federal and provincial organisations, and teaming up with strong board members, 2016 is going to be a great year for the association,” says Taylor.

Taylor has served on The Lakelands Board of Directors for several years, and has worked as a licenced Realtor in Muskoka for 8 years. “Advancing the profession, focusing on our mission, delivering the tools and resources that local Realtors use every day is so important to me.”

The new Board of Directors also includes Immediate Past-President Tom Wilkinson (Haliburton), Directors Debbie Gilbert (Orillia), Wendy Webb (Bracebridge), Catharine Inniss (Gravenhurst), Heather Scott (Port Carling), Beth Robson (Sundridge), President-Elect Mike Stahls (Orillia) and Executive Officer Crystal Henderson.

Local REALTOR® Honoured with Philanthropy Award

 Local Orillia REALTOR® Mike Stahls has been selected as a 2016 recipient of the Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation (ORCF) Spirit Award.  Established in 2007, the award is given to real estate professionals that go the extra mile with outstanding fundraising events in their community.

Mike is a long-time supporter of Green Haven Women’s Shelter in his community, serving as the only male in a committee capacity on the fundraising committee since 2012.  In working to raise awareness of the issues affecting abused women, Mike has raised significant funds for the shelter. In 2014, Mike organised a night of entertainment both to raise money for the shelter, and for the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation.  The event was such a resounding success that it was held again in 2015.

The Royal LePage Shelter Foundation is Canada’s largest public foundation dedicated exclusively to funding women’s shelters and violence prevention programs.  Mike’s fundraising efforts on behalf of this important cause took him to trek Peru’s famous Inca Trail to the lost City of Machu Picchu in 2015. The Machu Picchu Challenge saw Royal LePage Realtors from across Canada raise over $495,000.  Mike was able to exceed the required $5000 fundraising goal for the Foundation to join the trip with the proceeds for Green Haven in Orillia.”

The Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation Spirit Award is a nomination-based award given to real estate professionals by the Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation Board of Directors. The criteria for successful nominations are focused on the importance of local Realtors supporting their communities with volunteer leadership in shelter-based charity organisations. Mike’s work with Green Haven, and his long-standing position on The Lakelands Board of Directors as a key decision-maker have given him lots of opportunity to support his community and his profession with great skill.

“The Lakelands Association of REALTORS® membership and Board of Directors is delighted to congratulate Mike on his recognition by ORCF”, says Association President Tom Wilkinson.  “As a leader in volunteerism, and for his great work in the community of Orillia, Mike has always been a stand-out contributor to professional real estate.”

Welcome Tom Wilkinson, 2015-2016 Association President, plus 3 new Directors

We are pleased to announce Tom Wilkinson as Association President for 2015-2016

Wilkinson has been a REALTOR® for 13 years and is a Broker with Century 21 Granite Realty Group Ltd. in Minden, ON. He has served twice on the Board as Director for a total of 3 years and was also a member and Chair of the Association’s MLS® Committee.

Serving on the Board in support of Tom will be

  • Immediate Past-President, Mike Stahls of Royal LePage Real Quest Realty in Orillia;
  • President-Elect, Mike Taylor of Coldwell Banker Thompson Real Estate in Huntsville;
  • returning Directors,

  • Debbie Gilbert of RE/MAX Orillia Realty Ltd. in Orillia; and
  • Debbie Vernon of Royal LePage Lakes of Muskoka Realty in Bracebridge;
  • and newly appointed Directors,

  • Heather Scott of RE/MAX Hallmark Realty Ltd. in Port Carling;
  • Catharine Spencer-Inniss of Royal LePage Lakes of Muskoka Realty in Gravenhurst; and
  • Emilio Foffano of Royal LePage Lakes of Muskoka Realty in Burk’s Falls.

Please join us in welcoming our 2015-2016 Board of Directors.

2015-16 Board of Directors
Front Row L-R: Catharine Spencer-Inniss, Heather Scott, Debbie Gilbert, Debbie Vernon, Crystal Henderson, EO; Back Row L-R: Emilio Foffano, Mike Taylor, Mike Stahls, Tom Wilkinson, President