The Kitchener-Waterloo Association of REALTORS® (KWAR) recently awarded the very first KWAR Volunteer Award to veteran REALTOR® Peter Gingerich at the Annual Kick-Off party, held on Friday January 20, 2012.
The KWAR Volunteer Award was created to recognize the vital contribution of volunteers within the Association and honours their significant efforts, without which, the Association would not exist. The recipient of this award must have demonstrated commitment and dedication as an Association volunteer but also have made an immeasurable impact on their community through various volunteering efforts.
Peter Gingerich exemplifies the passion and desire of REALTORS® to improve the Quality of Life for their communities,” proudly said KWAR President Sara Hill.
Peter Gingerich, a REALTOR® since 1977, spent 28 years as a volunteer firefighter with Wilmot Township, Baden Station, where he climbed the ladder up to Senior Captain. He was responsible for training across three fire stations but still managed to make time and help people find their dream homes. For his dedication he received medals from both the Federal Government and Provincial Government awarding his 20th and 25th year of fire service, respectively.
He has uplifted his community by contributing to a major renovation at his local church, teaching handicapped children to ski at Chicopee for six years and driving cancer patients to Toronto, Hamilton and London for treatments. Peter also participated in Baden Christmas parade for 25 years and raised money for the Wilmot Family Resources through his local church by offering wagon rides led by his Haflinger horses. As an integral member of the KWAR program committee he has been involved in the annual toy drive, the Adopt-a-Highway program and Waterloo Region FoodBank collections for numerous years.
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.