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BDAR Assisting Shelter Organizations, Local Businesses During Pandemic

May 13, 2020During this time of uncertainty, the Barrie & District Association of REALTORS® (BDAR) is providing some support to local organizations and businesses.

“Our members, working through the REALTORS Care® Foundation, are contributing much-needed funds to help provide housing for women, children, youth and the homeless,” says Robin Jones, BDAR President.

BDAR is donating $7,000 to three local charities to assist in making ends meet at a time when fundraising is difficult. The money will be divided equally between Youth Haven, the Women and Children’s Shelter of Barrie, and the United Way Simcoe Muskoka.

“This is the time that we come together to help those in need, and right now, local organizations, charities, and businesses are hurting,” Jones adds. “Our Association has the ability to step up and help out right here in our communities.”

In addition to helping these local organizations, BDAR is supporting local businesses through the Support Local campaign. The Support Local campaign includes a draw for four gift baskets that include products and gift cards from local businesses. These baskets range in value between $200 and $400. The money raised will go back into the community to support shelter-based charitable organizations. Tickets are $10 each and will be available until May 22, 2020. To learn more about this draw, click here.

As COVID-19 continues to put pressure on the Province’s already stretched shelter system, the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) also announced it is donating $480,000 to Ontario shelters and shelter-based charities through the Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation. OREA’s donation will reach the most vulnerable populations through more than 50 shelters and food banks across Ontario. Learn more.

“Local Realtors® are stepping up during the Covid-19 pandemic and helping out people and businesses right here in our communities, both through these initiatives or others they have started themselves,” Jones said. “I am proud to be a Realtor in our region, and I’m honoured to support our local people in need.”

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Robin Jones BDAR 2020 President


The Barrie & District Association of REALTORS®

The Barrie & District Association of REALTORS® cautions that over a period of time the use of average price information can be useful in establishing trends, but it does not indicate actual prices in widely divergent areas or account for price differentials between geographical areas. The prices reflected in this media release are based on homes sold via the live BDAR MLS® system only.

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The Barrie & District Association of REALTORS® (BDAR) represents almost 1,000 REALTORS® in the Barrie and Simcoe County region. BDAR provides its members leadership opportunities, professional development, and other tools and services to help them deliver a high standard of services to their clients. BDAR is community‐focused and believes that community prosperity is largely based on shelter and home ownership. The Association has a strong focus on affordable housing and helping first‐time buyers understand how to get on the housing ladder. To learn more visit

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