TREB members, from left, Arthur Caplan, Joe Panchyshyn and Mario Vitelli were presented with the David Rossi Committee Service Award by 2013-14 president Dianne Usher during Realtor Quest. (GP Photo)
TREB members, from left, Arthur Caplan, Joe Panchyshyn and Mario Vitelli were presented with the David Rossi Committee Service Award by 2013-14 president Dianne Usher during Realtor Quest. (GP Photo)

The Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA), which oversees the Ontario Realtors Care Foundation, recently presented the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) and its members with a number of awards.

Carolyn Griffis received the Spirit Award in recognition of her work to establish the Children’s Breakfast Program, which provides nutritious breakfasts and snacks to schoolchildren in need. Now in its seventh year, the Children’s Breakfast Program has grown to include more than 280 volunteers serving more than 40,000 breakfasts per month to children in 17 different Greater Toronto Area schools.

TREB was also presented with the Spirit Award for its support of the foundation’s initiatives. TREB members have voted to participate in the Every Realtor campaign for the past six consecutive years, allowing TREB to contribute more than $442,000 on their behalf last year alone.

TREB also received the Quality of Life Award for its many initiatives that support the principles of ensuring economic vitality, providing housing opportunities and building better communities.



TREB also collaborates on providing housing solutions and opportunities, exchanging ideas with representatives of public and private sector organizations at an annual National Housing Day Symposium it has hosted for the past two years. The board also supports the Children’s Breakfast Program through volunteer and financial contributions. It supported children in need through an annual golf tournament, raising more than $13,000 for Ronald McDonald House Toronto in 2013. The board’s Past President’s Scholarships are awarded to four graduating high school students each year.

Rounding out OREA’s awards were several fellowships, granted to those who have contributed to the Foundation’s goals through contributions of $1,000 or more. They were presented to Dawna Borg, Fawzi Mattar, Azizali Kanjee and Ian Smith.