KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ON (January 19, 2013) — The Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS® (KWAR) awarded REALTOR® Horace Coelho with the KWAR Volunteer Award at the Annual Kick-Off party, held on Friday night at Marshall Hall (Bingemans).
The KWAR Volunteer Award commemorates the vital contribution of volunteers within the Association and honours their significant efforts, without which, the Association would not exist. The award is given to an individual who has demonstrated commitment and dedication as an Association volunteer and who has also made significant impact on their community through various volunteering efforts.
“Horace Coelho exemplifies the passion and desire of REALTORS® to improve the Quality of Life for their communities,” says KWAR President Dietmar Sommerfeld.
Horace Coelho, a REALTOR® since 2002, spent the early years of his working career as a lawyer in Bombay, India specializing in the Landlord/Tenancy Act. He transitioned to sales and marketing and spent 37 years working initially for Colgate-Palmolive managing western India and retired at Pitney Bowers of Canada as District Manager for Kitchener. It was after retiring from Pitney Bowes that he decided to embark on a career in real estate working with Coldwell Banker Peter Benninger Realty.
Coelho has worked tirelessly in his community. Among his many contributions he has volunteered at KW Cross Cultural and Community Services assisting immigrants integrate and transition of life in Canada. As a former member of the Grants Committee for the Kitchener-Waterloo Community Foundation he helped local organizations secure capital funds for initiatives to improving the quality of life in KW and surrounding areas. He currently holds a position on the Supportive Housing of Waterloo Region (SHOW) Board of Directors which built a 30-unit complex for the homeless and runs various programs to support the homeless in Kitchener-Waterloo.
“Horace is a man with deep compassion and caring for the most vulnerable people in our community. I see as one of his strengths the capacity to bring a deep spiritual understanding as to how we are all interconnected.” remarked Barry Cull, Board Chair of SHOW.
REALTORS® believe that healthy communities depend on a strong economy, safe neighbourhoods, a clean environment, access to housing and the protection of rights of property owners. The KWAR recognizes the need to support and enhance the Quality of Life enjoyed by residents of Waterloo region.