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CENTURY 21 RECEIVES DISTINGUISHED PATRON AWARD FOR ITS DECADES OF SUPPORT OF CANADIANS WITH DISABILITIES
December 2, 2021 – It is with great pleasure that Easter Seals Canada announces CENTURY 21 Canada as the recipient of its 2021 Patron Award. The Easter Seals Canada Patron Award is a prestigious honour and the highest recognition that Easter Seals Canada bestows annually to an organization in recognition of its long-term commitment and financial support for Easter Seals’ mission and work. Easter Seals Patron Award recipients demonstrate unwavering dedication to the advancement of accessibility and inclusivity issues in Canada.
According to Dave Starrett, President & CEO of Easter Seals Canada, “CENTURY 21 Canada has proven that it’s setting the gold standard, not just in the real estate industry but also in its steadfast commitment to giving back to the community.”
Since opening its first office in Canada approximately 40 years ago, CENTURY 21 Canada has selected Easter Seals as its charity of choice. Each year, CENTURY 21 Companies and Network members in Canada raise hundreds of thousands of dollars through the C21 Kids to Camp Program to give children and youth living with disabilities the opportunity to attend Easter Seals’ accessible and barrier-free camps across Canada. The camps provide fun outdoor activities like rock climbing, kayaking and rope courses, in addition to building skills, cultivating friendships, and creating memories that will last them a lifetime.
“We are truly proud to partner with CENTURY 21 Canada to advance accessibility and inclusion, and to enhance the physical and mental well-being of children, youth and families living with disabilities.”
– Dave Starrett, President and CEO, Easter Seals Canada
Starrett’s sentiments were shared by Martin Charlwood, President and CEO of CENTURY 21 Canada. “Supporting Easter Seals is an important part of our organization. From coast to coast, the C21 network is committed to providing kids with different abilities the opportunity to go to camp,” Charlwood said. “We take great pride in the money we have raised to date and look forward to continued commitment to Easter Seals. Between our franchises and individual real estate agents, raising money for our Kids to Camp program is a huge part of what we do.”
According to one previous Easter Seals camper, “Easter Seals camp is the best! I love going to camp because I get to do fun things like swimming and fishing. I get to meet new people and try new things. The camp is accessible, and the camp staff are amazing. They help us with lots of things. If we want to try something new, the staff find a way to make that happen for us. My only wish is that I could go for the whole summer!”
About CENTURY 21 Canada
CENTURY 21® is one of the world’s largest residential real estate sales organizations with a unique Canadian history supporting entrepreneurship, marketing innovation, and homeowner education. The first CENTURY 21 office in Canada opened its doors in 1976. Today, they remain proudly Canadian owned and operated, and the organization spans from coast to coast with nearly 400 offices and more than 10,000 Network members. Whatever the neighbourhood, CENTURY 21 sales representatives provide each client with a global reach and local expertise. In addition, CENTURY 21 Canada is also dedicated to improving and strengthening the communities in which it works in. Led by CENTURY 21 Canada, CENTURY 21 Companies and Network members across the nation have raised over $12.5 million to date for Easter Seals in Canada, and helped provided life-changing, fully accessible camping experiences for nearly 6,000 kids living with disabilities.
About Easter Seals Canada
Easter Seals is Canada’s largest local provider of programs, services, and issues-leadership and development for the disability community. Since 1922, Easter Seals Canada and its provincial member organizations have been working to create a more inclusive and accessible society that includes and honours the contributions and potential of Canadians of all abilities. Easter Seals responds to the needs and aspirations of Canadians living with disabilities – and their families – by providing services that enhance their independence, well-being and quality of life; and by offering leadership that promote increased awareness, research and investment in disability issues.
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