2019 PKAR REALTORS Care® Foundation Call For Applications

PKAR’s primary focus is supporting initiatives, through the REALTORS Care® Foundation, that directly benefit registered charities who address shelter based needs in our community.

As such, we provide support to Canadian registered charities located in Peterborough County who share our commitment to building strong communities through our annual grant program.

A Shelter is defined as a refuge, haven or protection that provides or improves quality of life from hunger, the elements, physical/psychological abuse, disabilities and illness.


  • Must be a registered charity
  • Must guarantee funding from PKAR supports projects within Peterborough County
  • Must have a mandate in support of shelter based initiatives
  • Must not have received a PKAR grant consecutively in the past 3 years.


  • Publish a press release acknowledging their successful application within 3 months of being awarded the grant
  • Acknowledgment of PKAR’s support on the grantee’s website for the period of the support (i.e. 2019)
  • Participation in a minimum of 3 PKAR events during the grantee year to talk about the organization and where PKAR’s support will go
  • Grantee must submit a letter acknowledging receipt of funds, along with a donation receipt displaying your charitable number.
  • Completion of the REALTORS Care® Foundation application forms once released including full financials.

To complete the online application please click here. Application deadline is midnight December 31st, 2018.

We thank everyone in advance for submitting an application. Once the successful grantees have been selected, all applicants will be made aware of the status of their application.


PKAR’s 2018 All Candidates Meeting











PKAR’s All Candidates Meeting was held on Wednesday May 16, 2018 at the Peterborough Lions Community Centre in East City. The purpose of this meeting was to give the general public an opportunity to engage with the candidates of this years upcoming election and gain a further understanding of their plans for our city, if they were to become elected.

In attendance were Gianne BroughtonGreen Party Candidate, Jeff LealOntario Liberal Party Candidate, Dave SmithPC Party of Ontario Candidate, and Sean ConwayNDP Candidate. The candidates were asked questions on a variety of topics including addressing the shortage of available serviced buildings in the city, their plan to support more housing choices and supply, whether or not they support an increase of the Land Transfer Tax for First-Time Home Buyers, and more.

PKAR was represented by 2018 President Kristi Doyle, President-Elect & Government Relations Chair Cathy Burningham, and Executive Officer Kathy Belanger.

We would like to thank everyone who took part in this event, donating their time and effort to make it a success. Without your dedication our events would not be possible. We would also like to thank everyone in attendance for showing continued support and interest in the upcoming plans for our city. Your city is our city!

15th Annual PKAR Charity Golf Tournament

The 15th Annual PKAR Charity Golf Tournament was held on September 20, 2017 at Quarry Golf Club in Ennismore, ON. With 70+ golfers coming out and enduring the 35°C weather, it was a wonderful day filled with laughs, great golf, and charity.

We would like to thank all of the volunteers who dedicated their time to preparing and executing this event. Without your time and effort this event would not be possible.

Thank you to the sponsors who continue to support this event time and time again!

Thank you to Quarry Golf Club and all of their staff for successfully hosting this event year after year.

Lastly, thank you to everyone who came out and participated in this event! It was wonderful to see so many people come together and help us raise money for local charities!


2017 PKAR Past President’s Night

PKAR hosted our 2017 Past President’s Night on Wednesday May 17th, 2017. We look forward to this special event every year, as it brings our members together to celebrate the achievements of our long-standing membership. It is also our annual Silent Auction, which raises money for the REALTORS® Care Foundation. This year was especially unique, as it was the first time that PKAR had a Live Auction during the event.

Throughout the evening PKAR celebrated the 25, 50, and 60 year members, Past Presidents, Honourary Fellows, New Members, as well as handed out the 2017 Merit Award. You could feel the positive energy in the room, and the strength of our membership as the stage continues to fill with members both new and experienced. This was especially evident during the Merit Award ceremony, which was presented to Trudy Wilson of Re/Max Eastern Realty Bridgenorth for her fund raising for The Hospital for Sick Children during her 387km Miracle Swim of the Trent Severn Waterway last summer. Congratulations again of this magnificent achievement, Trudy!











There is something to be said about reaching the 25 year mark as a REALTOR®. It is nothing short of astounding for PKAR to have so many 25+ year members. It is even more impressive to have multiple 50+ year members, and even one 60+ year member. To be able to celebrate these individuals speaks volumes about PKAR and our membership.

We would like to send a massive THANK YOU to all of those who donated prizes, and to the volunteers who donated a large amount of time and effort to make this event possible! Without your help, we would not be able to continue to host this wonderful event. It goes to show the impact volunteerism can have our membership, and our community!

2016 Annual PKAR Christmas Breakfast

Wednesday December 7th, 2016 marked PKAR’s Annual Christmas Breakfast. Over 170 PKAR Members and Special Guests were in attendance at the Evinrude Centre to take part in a wonderful meal, social exchange, and were able to share in a morning based around the idea of giving back.

Throughout 2016 PKAR has held various events, such as PKAR Golf Tournament, Silent Auction, Bike Big, etc, to help raise money for local charities. During this time PKAR was able to raise more than $20,000 to be distributed to charities throughout our community. The money raised was presented to five local charities during the Christmas Breakfast. Each charities took an opportunity to thank PKAR for their work, and also shared how important these funds would be to their organizations, and how they positively affected the lives of those in our community. Afterwards 2016 PKAR President Mike Heffernan, PKAR Executive Officer Kathy Belanger, and Community Involvement Co-Chairs Cathy Burningham and Aaron Wright greeted each charity and happily presented them with their cheques.

You could really feel the positive energy in the room during the cheque presentations. The moment truly sparked inspiration within the PKAR membership. Following the cheque presentations PKAR President Mike Heffernan randomly drew names from the membership to receive prizes for their attendance, and participation. Without prompt ALL SIX winners donated back a total of $1000 to charities. The feeling of community was cemented throughout the room.

They say December is the time of year for giving. Whether it be time, effort, money, emotion, the feeling of giving back was truly present during the 2016 PKAR Christmas Breakfast!

THANK YOU to EVERYONE who put forth a strong effort in 2016! The spirit within PKAR is as strong as ever!

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14th Annual REALTORS® Charity Golf Tournament – September 14th 2016

This coming Wednesday is the 14th Annual REALTORS® Charity Golf Tournament. It will be held in Ennismore, ON at Quarry Golf Club. All proceeds will go to the REALTORS Care® Foundation to be distributed to local charities!

We are very excited for this event! With over 110 golfers signed up for the event, and a little help from Mother Nature, we are planning on having a wonderful day of golf, laughs, and most importantly charity! It’s a great way for PKAR members to get out and help raise money for a good cause!

Our goal is to raise enough money to shatter our numbers from last year, where we were able to raise over $7600!

We can’t wait to share pictures and information about how the event unfolds in the coming days! Stay tuned…

14th Annual REALTORS® Charity Golf Tournament!

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It is that time of year, again! Time for you to sign up for the 14th Annual REALTORS® Charity Golf Tournament!

It is being held on September 14th, 2016 at Quarry Golf Club in Ennismore, ON!

The cost of the event is $120/person. This includes 18 holes of golf, cart, contests, beer & burger lunch, goodie bag, and dinner! All proceeds will go to Ontario REALTORS® Care Foundation to be distributed to local charities! We encourage golfers of ALL abilities to come out and enjoy a fun day for a good cause!

Registration closes Tuesday September 12th, 2016. Register before August 12th for a chance to WIN a round of golf for two!

See you out on the links! PKAR GOLF


On June 23rd PKAR hit the streets of Peterborough on the Big Bike to raise money for The Heart & Stroke Foundation. It couldn’t have been a nicer day to ride! The weather was outstanding! The PKAR group was full of enthusiasm, and were eager to get out and on the road! With their noise makers shaking, as we crossed the Hunter St bridge and headed into downtown, the entire group made sure that those on the sidewalks, patios, and in their cars were made well aware of their presence! The cheers, claps, and honking of horns by those passing by only helped to energize the group even further than they already were! Some of the riders were feeling so excited about the event that they volunteered to ride with the team heading out prior to the PKAR team! We thank those who volunteered to ride twice!

Overall, the fundraising was a success! The PKAR riders were able to raise over $2000 as a team! A special shout out goes to the father-son combination of Jason Heffernan and Mike Heffernan who were able to raise over $900 between the two of them! Congratulations to the both of you! Absolutely outstanding!


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PKAR at the Wednesday Farmer’s Market

This past Wednesday PKAR spent the day the Farmer’s Market downtown in the Louis Lot. The goal was to help express the value of using a local REALTOR® to the public. Throughout the day we had the opportunity to meet with people who often frequent the market, and were pleasantly surprised to see our tent present.

PKAR would like to thank those local REALTORS® who took the time out of their busy schedules to help spread the importance of using a local REALTOR®. Thank you to Vera Mainguy, Margaret Weikman, Clint Gage, Cathy Burningham, Aaron Wright, Jason Heffernan, and Mike Heffernan! Your presence was greatly appreciated!

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Darlington Refurbishment Project Overview Seminar

This morning PKAR was invited to attend a round table discussion regarding the Darlington Refurbishment Project Overview put on by Karl Baldauf and the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce.

Ontario Power Generation Director of Operations & Maintenance Boris Vulanovic gave incite into the multi year plan, and how it would affect cities across the province, including Peterborough. Overall the project will boost Ontario’s GDP by $15billion.

There was also information provided by local businesses and government. Peterborough MPP Jeff Leal was on hand to give a brief history of Peterborough’s involvement in nuclear technologies, and how we can benefit from the Darlington Refurbishment Project moving forward.

Dean Wilcox, General Manager, Rolls Royce supplied information about the importance of locals in their employment force, as they work along side OPG in their Darlington project.

How this project will affect on our local economy was further driven home by Jim Genge, QA Manager at Canadian Instrumentation Services Group, as he explained their involvement with the project. Lorne Kelsey, Peterborough Economical Development, also spoke about the projects potential for economic growth within the city!

It was a wonderful presentation and shined light into the future at OPG Darlington, and it’s local economical potential.

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