Macdonald Realty REALTOR® Supports North Shore Schizophrenia Society

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North Shore Schizophrenia Society is the latest recipient of a Real Estate Association of Whistler (REAW) Community Grant. This organization meets regularly on Thursday nights in Whistler, and provides outreach, support and education to families supporting a relative with mental illness. Carolyn Hill, member of the REAW Board of Directors and REALTOR® of Macdonald Realty Whistler office, is pleased to present the donation cheque.

To learn more about North Shore Schizophrenia Society and find out what you can help, please visit:
http://www.northshoreschizophrenia.org/

Macdonald Realty participates in REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive

Macdonald Realty is excited to participate in the 22nd REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive campaign. Agents and staffs from our North Vancouver and West Vancouver offices collected new and used coats, blankets and warm clothing at Capilano Mall and Park Royal Mall. The offices then sorted and delivered the donations to charities and organizations in the area.

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Since 1995, REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive has helped more than 290,000 people keeping warm and dry. The campaign for this year is over, but you can still donate the following items to the recipient charities:

  • gently used or new blankets or sleeping bags
  • warm clothing, coats
  • hats, gloves, scarves
  • new socks and underwear

Click here for a list of suggested charities.

Click here for more information about REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive.

Inspired Dining Week starts Saturday!

Mark your calendars for the inaugural #InspiredDiningWeek launching this Saturday, October 15th (until the 23rd).

24 amazing Vancouver restaurants are donating 25% of the sales from special inspired menu items to our charitable partners at InspireHealth.  Last month Macdonald Realty announced their 3 year charitable partnership with InspireHealth, a BC charity providing programs and support to British Columbians living with cancer and their families.  See www.inspireddiningweek.com for more information and help us spread the word!

Inspired Dining Week Vancouver

When: Saturday, October 15 to Sunday, October 23
Where: Participating restaurants across the city

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Macdonald Realty Victoria Alzheimer Donation

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Macdonald Realty Victoria is excited to make a donation to We Rage, WE Weep Alzheimer’s Foundation, a fantastic local charity providing support for families and caregivers of Alzheimer patients.  They provide tracking devices that help with wandering patients, most of which are then located within 15 minutes. 100% locally run by volunteers, ever dollar raised goes back into the community.  Our Victoria office raised $794.00 raised during their 1st annual Shredder Drive & BBQ back in June.

Macdonald Realty sponsors InspiredHealth cookbook

We are delighted to announce the beginCMYKorangeIHvectorning of a new charitable partnership between Macdonald Real Estate Group and InspireHealth, a local not-for-profit supportive cancer care organization with centres in Vancouver, Victoria and Kelowna.  They provide important programs and services to enhance quality of life, health and well-being of people living with cancer and their families.

Macdonald Real Estate Group has signed on to be the presenting sponsor of InspireHealth’s new cookbook ‘Inspired Cooking‘ featuring 50 exclusive recipes from 20 of Canada’s top chefs including BC’s Vikram Vij (Vij’s Restaurant Group), Ned Bell (Yew at Four Seasons Hotel), Warren Barr (The Pointe Restaurant at Wickaninnish Inn), James Walt (Araxi) and many more.

Last year, InspireHealth welcomed more than 2,400 new members, provided 2,000+ classes and more than 25,000 patient visits – all completely free of charge.  This InspiredHealth cookbook is an important fundraising venture and we are so proud to be a leading sponsor of this project. Watch for the cookbook is stores this holiday season and if you wish to make a donation to the project you can ​visit their Kickstarter page here. 

 

Vancouver Olympian Richard Weinberger visits Macdonald Realty

This week Macdonald Realty’s Vancouver office welcomed a special visitor when Canadian Olympic swimmer Richard Weinberger stopped by for a visit.

Richard is a 10K Open Water swimmer and does most of his training at the Kits pool in Vancouver where he got to know one of our Realtors, Peter DeWitt. A two time Olympian (London 2012 & Rio 2016), Richard has been on the Canadian National Team since 2009 and won the bronze medal at the London Games in 2012. This summer he has his eyes set on gold at the Olympic Games in Rio where he is the only Canadian in his race.

Marketing Manager Rosey Hudson with Richard Weinberger

Marketing Manager Rosey Hudson with Richard Weinberger

Macdonald Realty is thrilled to be supporting Richard in his quest for gold and jumped at the opportunity to provide some sponsorship to the athlete. “We all know cost of living is high in Vancouver, and our amateur athletes need all the help they can get to reach their goals,” says Rosey Hudson, Marketing Manager for Macdonald Realty.  “It is a pleasure to support our community and our country in this way.  We’ll all be cheering him on come race day!”

Richard’s 10K Open Water Race is at 8am in Rio (4am Vancouver time) on Tuesday, August 16th. It will take place at the famous Copacabana beach under the Olympic category of Marathon Swimming. The race will take nearly 2 hours to complete in the rough open water of the bay.

Follow Richard’s Olympic journey on Twitter at @RAWeinberger  and watch this recent CBC interview with him.

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General Manager Mark Winter with Richard Weinberger

General Manager Mark Winter with Richard Weinberger

Macdonald Realty sponsoring Maple Ridge Home Show

Our Maple Ridge office is sponsoring the Ridge Meadows Home Show this weekend,  and providing  shuttle service from the Albion Sports Complex parking to Albion Fairgrounds event space.  Say hi to our team driving the golf carts!

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HOME SHOW: ‘Wheely’ good fun on tap in Maple Ridge this weekend

Source:  Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows Times

Feeling sporty this weekend?

Then head down to Albion Fairgrounds where you can take in high-flying BMXers and bubble ball soccer demos during the Ridge Meadows Home Show.

There’ll be high flying action in the corral, as some of the top-ranked riders in the world take bring big air jumps and half pipe demos to the home show.

This is a get-active “try it zone” with bicycles and safety gear provided and patrons encouraged to give the sport of BMX a try.

There will also be a scooter course for scooter enthusiasts.

Returning to the fairgrounds this weekend is the Action Sports Extreme Stunt Show.

Sponsored by Macdonald Realty (which also provides a shuttle service from the Albion Sports Complex to Albion Fairgrounds during the weekend), and presented by Maple Ridge Cycle, Ridge Meadows BMX, Big Steel Box, Timberline Ranch, and The Creative Ride, the stunt show is always popular.

The Stunt Show:

• Friday at 7 p.m.,

• Saturday at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., and

• Sunday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

From its formative years in the early 1970s to today, BMX is still flourishing.

“If it wasn’t for these people doing [jumps and racing] I wouldn’t have gotten into this business,” said Troy Scott, the owner-manager of Maple Ridge Cycle, which is helping present the stunt show.

“Dirt jumping has always been exciting – that’s why my shop’s been around so long. A lot of the stuff we sell are involved with these types of [BMX] bicycles.”

Scott said BMX’s staying power remains strong, in a world where most kids are drawn to computers and iGadgets.

“It [BMX’ing] competes with iPads and iPods,” Scott said. “When parents get Christmas lists and bikes are in front of iPads – you don’t see that very often anymore.”

The passion for BMX locally is part of the reason why this showcase returns each year to the home show.

“We need something for the kids and grandkids to do while parents are looking at renos,” Scott said.

Since it’s an outdoor display, “Mother Nature plays a big part in it,” Scott said.

Former professional BMXer Nate Berkheimer plays a big role in the BMX show.

Berkheimer, who has more than two decades of BMX experience, made several dirt jumping finals at the Dew Tour.

The Maple Ridge resident competed professionally in both racing and freestyle (stunt riding).

“Nate has a lot of his guest riders come out and they put on a good show,” said Travis Franklin, who along with fellow realtor John Johnson helps organize the shuttles and stunt show on behalf of Macdonald Realty.

“They do stunts, back flips… everything on the ramps. It’s quite exciting to watch.”

Meanwhile, for little ones anxious to try bike riding, check out Tykes for Tots.

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For soccer fans, West Coast Auto Group Football Club (WCAGFC) is bringing a unique twist on the “beautiful game” to the home show.

Bubble soccer demos will be happening throughout the weekend.

According to Bubble Soccer Vancouver, players are outfitted in “zorb-like inflatable bubble suits” which keep them safe “as they roll around, flip right over and collide with each other – all while trying to score goals.”

WCAGFC offers its own bubble soccer programs for U8 players right up to adults (visit westcoastfc.ca/Bubble_Soccer).

“People have a chance to give it a go,” WCAGFC executive director Misty Thomas said. “It’s exhausting, actually, to play it. It’s quite active and mostly people spend a lot of energy laughing. As we keep saying, it’s one of the few sports where spectators can actually have as much fun as the actual participants.

Watching bubble soccer is hilarious.”

Victoria Realtors help TP the Town

October 11th to 17th marked this year’s Homelessness Action Week in Greater Victoria. Imagine yourself experiencing poverty, down to your last few dollars of the month and you need to make a choice between food for your family, or toilet paper. Guess what? Food always wins. This means many individuals and families in Victoria actually greatly appreciate the luxury of toilet paper. Something we flush down the toilet every single day can literally change lives. TP the Town aims to raise 50,000 rolls of toilet paper for people in need.

This year two agents from the Macdonald Realty Victoria office, Tracy Keenan-Whyte and Dane Kingsbury, participated in this wonderful community event!

Here Tracey shares their experience:
“My colleague Dane & I got out there early this morning to collect rolls of toilet paper – yes you read correctly – to support Homelessness Action Week in Victoria. Last year over 48,000 rolls were raised, and together we are hoping to reach 50,000 this year. A HUGE THANK YOU!! to all the households that donated – we applaud you. Something as simple as TP that we take for granted everyday is a luxury for many folks. And when it comes to making budget decisions as the month nears its end – food always comes first. Big thanks again to all of our donors…Dane & I picked up over 400 rolls of TP this morning!”

Stay tuned for more spotlights on our REALTORS® active in British Columbia communities!

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2014 charitable donation to BC Heart and Stroke Foundation | Macdonald Real Estate Group

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Dear Friends, Clients, and Colleagues,

In lieu of cards or gifts this Christmas, Macdonald Real Estate Group (MREG) will be making a financial contribution to the British Columbia Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Many families across Canada are impacted by heart disease, and in the last few years MREG has been affected in several distinct ways. Firstly, two of our long-time managers had major heart surgery; thankfully, both are now recovered and living active lives.

Secondly, on two separate occasions, agents in the Macdonald Realty Victoria office were able to administer life-saving CPR to clients who suffered massive heart attacks. We are thrilled that as a company we were, in the words of the Heart and Stroke Foundation, able to help ‘create more survivors’.

Our contribution will specifically go to support research and education in British Columbia.

If you would like more information about the work of the BC Heart and Stroke Foundation, you can visit their website heartandstroke.com.

Merry Christmas/Season’s Greetings,

Jonathan Cooper
Vice President, Operations
Macdonald Real Estate Group Inc.

Macdonald Realty’s North Vancouver office sponsors Burstin’ with Broadway


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This year our North Vancouver office is sponsoring the “Burstin’ with Broadway” performance taking place May 31st, 2014!

Fill the stage with 120 energetic singers, a live band and a Musical Director with a passion for Musical Theatre, and what do you get? A “choir” show like no other! The North Shore’s own Burstin’ with Broadway’s lively concert will send you home with a beat in your feet and a song in your heart. A great collection of show tunes from all the decades of Musical Theatre, including songs from South Pacific, Bye Bye Birdie, The Music Man, HAIR, Chicago and Once on this Island.

Burstin’ with Broadway was founded in January of 2005 by Dominique Hogan. The idea came out of a simple premise that perhaps others enjoy musical theatre music as much as she does. The second premise was that she had met many talented singers who didn’t read music or who had little to no classical musical training. And so Burstin’ with Broadway was born, a non-auditioned community choir dedicated to singing Musical Theatre repertoire on the North Shore.

Saturday, May 31st
2pm and 7:30pm
$28 Adults, $25 Students and Seniors


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Macdonald Realty West Vancouver sponsor “That’s Just Crazy Talk”

Macdonald Realty’s West Vancouver office is sponsoring the May 22nd play “That’s Just Crazy Talk” by Victoria Maxwell, a fundraiser for the North Shore CMHA (Canadian Mental Health Association). We are happy to support such an important and worthwhile organization in our community.


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“”That’s Just Crazy Talk”” looks at both the light and dark side of living with bipolar disorder, anxiety and psychosis. This funny and achingly truthful play both entertains and educates, exploding stigmas and portraying the love and resilience it takes to stay together as a family and the beauty that can result when we face our demons.

Victoria Maxwell is one of North America’s most sought-after educators and speakers on the ’lived’ experience of mental illness and recovery.

The performance will be preceded by a wine and cheese reception and silent auction. A panel discussion will follow “”That’s Just Crazy Talk””.

May 22nd, 6pm
Kay Meek Centre, West  Vancouver
Tickets at www.kaymeekcentre.com  $30 Adults, $20 Students/Children

Find the North Shore CMHA on social media:
Twitter: @northshoreCMHA
Facebook: @NorthShoreCMHA

For more information contact Macdonald Realty at 1-877-278-3888

Macdonald Realty Langley sponsors LFMSS ‘Wizard of Oz’ Musical

This year, Macdonald Realty’s Langley office is actively supporting youth and arts programs in their community. This year, they are the lead sponsor of the Langley Fundamental Middle and Secondary School’s musical production of the ‘Wizard of Oz’!

This performance is being shown from April 23rd, 2014 to May 3rd, 2014. ‘The Wizard of Oz Musical’ follows the story of Dorothy as she has an “”out of this world”” experience and enters the Land of Oz where she goes on an adventure to return back to here home of Kansas. Along the way she meets up with a scarecrow without a brain, a tin man without a heart, a lion without courage and even a witch who will stop at nothing to take something that Dorthy has!

To see more information regarding the show, please visit wizardmusical.ca.

Show Times
Thu, April 24 – 7 PM (Cast E)
Fri, April 25 –  7 PM (Cast R)
Sat. April 26 – 1 PM (Cast R)
Sat. April 26 – 7 PM (Cast E)
Thu. May 1 – 7 PM (Cast R)
Fri. May 2 – 7 PM (Cast E)
Sat. May 3 – 1 PM (Cast E)
Sat. May 3 – 7 PM (Cast R)

Buy tickets here:  http://www.wizardmusical.ca/tickets
Make sure to like their Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/lfmss.woz

For more information contact Macdonald Realty at 1-877-278-3888

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Macdonald Realty Victoria sponsors Uncork your Palate 2014

Macdonald Realty’s Victoria office is pleased to continue their tradition of supporting the arts in our community!  This spring we are sponsoring the Victoria Conservatory of Music’s upcoming event Uncork your Palate. Net proceeds go to support VCM music education, music performance and community music outreach. Attendees of this event will be among the first to experience the exclusive Spring Release wine portfolio of the Naramata Bench Wineries, and will also have a chance to meet the winemakers, enjoy live musical performances, celebrate VCM’s 50th anniversary and more.

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Date: Wednesday 30th April 2014
Time: 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Location: Crystal Garden, 713 Douglas Street, Victoria
Tickets: $95
[must be purchased in advance – 19yrs + event]
(A tax receipt will be issued for a portion of the ticket price following the event)

Buy in person at The Strath Liquor Store, 919 Douglas Street
or at the VCM front desk 900 Johnson St.

For more information see Victoria Conservatory of Music

2014 charitable donation to InspireHealth and the BC Cancer Foundation | Macdonald Real Estate Group

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In lieu of cards or gifts, Macdonald Real Estate Group will be financially supporting cancer research and patient care through the BC Cancer Foundation and InspireHealth.

InspireHealth is a BC not-for-profit which provides integrative care for individuals with cancer.  Their team of doctors, nutritionists, counselors, and exercise therapists focus on the spiritual, emotional, and physical health of patients as they go through traditional cancer treatments like Chemotherapy.

InspireHealth’s cancer care model serves to complement standard cancer treatments.  It helps prepare the individual for the anxiety and emotional complexity that can be major factors when facing a life-threatening illness.  While the cancer itself is treated, InspireHealth ensures that other aspects of the patient’s health – like diet and exercise – are supported.

If you would like more information about InspireHealth you can visit their website or Shelley Ross at sross@inspirehealth.ca.

Sincerely,

Jonathan Cooper
Vice President, Operations
Macdonald Real Estate Group

Macdonald Realty Golf Tournament 2013 – A Huge Success

On Thursday July 11th 2013, Macdonald Realty hosted its annual golf tournament. Macdonald Realty staff, agents, friends and sponsors came together for this networking event in Richmond at Green Acres Golf Course. All the proceeds will be donated to Canadian Cancer Society, specifically research into lung cancer.

Thank You! To everyone who sponsored the event, as well as all the attendees.

Photos from the event can be found on our facebook page www.facebook.com/MacdonaldRealty

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Macdonald Realty Christmas Party Raises $25,000 for Charity

Macdonald Realty Vancouver (including the Main Street, Downtown, and Vancouver West offices) and Macdonald Commercial held their annual Christmas party on Friday December 2nd.   The annual Auction had some unique and unexpected donations this year, not the least of which was a simple loaf of FRENCH BREAD THAT SOLD FOR OVER $3,000! Veteran Westside REALTOR® and company Auctioneer Will McKitka managed to successful obtain a whopping $3,000 from one of his colleagues, which will benefit this year’s charity recipients.  Vancouver publication 24hrs included the Macdonald Realty Christmas party in a story on creative charitable giving.

“We wanted to add something simple to make the point, it was time to give to our community with little or no expectations of gain or reward. One singular item that could catch the imagination of our Realtors and staff ” McKitka said. After getting the green light to quietly slip in the unusual auction item from Company CEO and President Lynn Hsu the fundraisers knew they were on to a good thing. “We knew it would be unusual enough to titillate and catch the attention of our audience…We knew it would be a winner!”

This year’s beneficiaries were the ARTHRITIS RESEARCH CENTRE OF CANADA and the VANCOUVER HOSPICE SOCIETY, who are midway through the drive to raise $4.5 million dollars for a soon-to-be built West Side hospice at 4615 Granville Street.