TORONTO, September 22, 2011 -- Hundreds of Toronto Real Estate Board Members will be celebrated today for their many years of service to Greater Toronto Area homebuyers and sellers.
TREB's 25 and 50 Year Member Dinner, which takes place this year at the Allstream Centre, is an annual event offered to all Greater Toronto REALTORS® who have worked in the profession for at least 25 years.
This year the association will welcome 701 REALTORS® into their 25th year of membership. One Member, Gordon Eckersley, will be welcomed into his 50th year of membership, joining 31 others who have been working in the profession for more than half a century.
"It is estimated that the average person changes careers five times throughout their employment years," said TREB President Richard Silver. "The individuals we're celebrating are so passionate about helping others make the move to a home that's right for them, that they have remained in the same profession for two and a half decades or more."
REALTORS'® dedication to helping others often extends beyond real estate transactions as well, to a range of individual volunteer pursuits. Greater Toronto REALTORS® also work together to cast a wider net in their efforts to help others. Throughout the past four years for example, they have participated in the REALTORS Care Foundation's Every REALTOR® program, contributing more than $300,000 a year to the Foundation, which offers grants to shelter-based organizations throughout the province. Last year alone Greater Toronto REALTORS® presented Foundation grants to 35 different GTA housing-related charities.
They take part in an annual fundraising event as well. TREB's Charity Golf Classic raises approximately $20,000 each year for causes that have included Habitat for Humanity Toronto, the Salvation Army and Free the Children.
They also roll up their sleeves daily to feed local children through the Children's Breakfast Program, a partnership of the Toronto Real Estate Board and the Toronto District School Board. As part of the program Greater Toronto REALTORS® sponsor and serve 9600 nutritious meals to children in 17 different schools each month.
"As REALTORS® we have demanding schedules, but we can be more flexible than those of other careers," said Silver. "This flexibility allows us to make a tremendous difference in the communities in which we live and work."
The theme of this year's 25 and 50 Year Member Dinner, Connecting, will include opportunities for attendees to reconnect and have a portrait taken with colleagues. Entertainment will feature Canada's premier party band, The Carpet Frogs.