ARThritis Soirée returns in a new, virtual format

ARThritis Soirée returns in a new, virtual format

Vital arthritis research MUST continue.

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Dan Scarrow, Macdonald Realty President – ARThritis Soirée 2019


For more than 6 million Canadians, young and old, struggling with the pain and disability of arthritis – Arthritis Research Canada provides life-changing answers and hope.

The 8th annual ARThritis Soirée is scheduled for Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 5:00pm PDT and will be presented in a new, virtual format. Bringing sponsors and guests from across Canada, for the first time.

The evening promises something for everyone – an exquisite prize draw, fantastic silent and art auctions, and great entertainment. This is an important event to benefit arthritis research and help improve the quality of life for millions of Canadians.

“As Presenting Sponsors, Macdonald Realty and Macdonald Commercial extend our gratitude to all sponsors who, like us, are committed to ensuring our support for life-changing arthritis research goes ahead. Despite these uncertain times, we must push forward and do all we can to accelerate discovery and find answers. My deepest appreciation for your generosity at this very crucial time.”
– Dan Scarrow, President, Macdonald Real Estate Group

For more information and tickets to for the ARThritis Soirée please visit Please join us in supporting arthritis research.

To benefit:

Arthritis Research Canada/Arthrite-recherche Canada

Arthritis Research Canada is the largest arthritis research organization in North America with centres in British Columbia, Alberta and Quebec. With a dedicated team of more than 100 research scientists, assistants, and trainees – Arthritis Research Canada’s work in arthritis prevention, early diagnosis, better treatment, and improved quality of life is internationally recognized. Arthritis Research Canada’s patient-driven research is reducing the burden of arthritis and providing people with arthritis more timely and cost-effective solutions to address their healthcare needs, right now!

Make arthritis research a priority!
For more information and to learn how you can make a difference, visit Arthritis Research Canada.
SOURCE Arthritis Research Canada
For further information: Susan Le, Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Arthritis Research Canada, 604-207-4010 or,

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COVID SAFE Christmas Activities To Help You Enjoy The Holidays

COVID SAFE Christmas Activities To Help You Enjoy The Holidays

This is the best time of the year, and despite being a bit different, we still want to make it special.

Christmas is all about family, kids, traditions, and although we all need to be safe, we all need to have some fun as well.

Photo by Jonathan Borba


Thinking of you all, we’ve selected a few ideas to help you bring more fun into your holidays while staying safe at home.

Bake Christmas Cookies

Christmas cookies are not only for Santa Claus.
We all love relaxing by the fireplace with hot cocoa in one hand and a homemade baked cookie in another, and yes, these Christmas Cookies for beginners are just so cute and look yummy!


Decorate Your Gingerbread House

Kids love to help in the kitchen, and holiday baking is just so wonderful, mainly if the baking includes gingerbread homes decoration.
If you’re dreaming of turning your gingerbread house into a trully gingerbread home this year, you will love these techniques.

Create Personalized Ornaments

Salt dough ornaments are a fun and easy DIY Christmas decoration.
Kids will love the idea of making their own. Kids’ creativity and imagination will go infinity and beyond.



Build Homemade Snowglobes

If your kids love snow, they will love to have a snow globe in a jar.
Everything is possible here, such as adding their own photo, small toys and tons of glitter.

Get Your Minimalist Gift Done

It’s easy to feel very stressed over the holiday season, especially this year.
Try to disconnect a bit and make time to prepare meaningful and minimalist gifts yourself. Your bubble will love it.


Have an Ugly Sweater Contest

How ugly can you make your sweater?

Hold a competition with your bubble and make it a very memorable family time.

Make a Santa Key

OMG! Do you live in a place without a chimney? No worries!
If you are wondering how to explain to your kids how Santa will get to your living room, invite them to make a Santa key.

Happy Holidays from the Team at Macdonald Realty!

Join the #MacdonaldMovember team!

Join the #MacdonaldMovember team!

Grow your MO or ladies, MOVE for a bro with us this November. Join our #MacdonaldMovember team to encourage your friends, family and clients to donate or make a one-time donation to support men’s health and suicide prevention.

We’re ambitious – help us reach our goal of $25,000 and bring awareness to testicular and prostate cancer. – Tore Jacobsen

Globally, men die 6 years earlier than women. In Canada, 3 out of 4 suicides are men. 1 in 9 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. And testicular cancer is the most common cancer among young men.

Pretty shocking, right? That’s why Macdonald Realty is doing Movember this year: we are dedicated to changing the face of men’s health!

How you can support #MACDONALDMOVEMBER campaign?

  • Make sure to join our team #MacdonaldMovember, reach out to clients and family to support, if you’re part of our team all donations via your own page will go towards our team goal!
  • Ladies and other non-mustache folks can join the movement by taking part in the MOVE challenge walk/run 60k in November​
  • Use the hashtag also to tag us on social media to check in throughout the month! #MacdonaldMovember
  • We’ll announce prizes for the best ‘stache, donation challenges, and motivating you to get moving 60km this month!

Visit our team page to get set up: Donate or Join our Team.

The money we raise this Movember will help fund life-changing mental health programs, groundbreaking research and scientific breakthroughs for cancer treatments.

Macdonald Realty donates to Victoria Rapid Relief Fund  for coronavirus emergency relief

Macdonald Realty donates to Victoria Rapid Relief Fund for coronavirus emergency relief

VANCOUVER, B.C. – (April 24, 2020) – Macdonald Realty Victoria has committed to donating a portion of their agent’s monthly office fees to the Victoria Rapid Relief Fund which is raising money for coronavirus emergency relief in the capital region.  The first monthly contribution of $1200 was delivered to The Victoria Foundation who chairs the fund, with a commitment to continue the monthly donations while Macdonald Realty agents work from home during physical distancing.

“We saw an opportunity to shift the focus and support our community during this critical time, ” says Ara Balabanian, Managing Broker of Macdonald Realty’s Victoria and Sidney offices. “Real Estate has been deemed an essential service by the BC Government so while the doors to our office are closed, we are fortunate to be able to continue offering essential services to clients from our homes. Our agents are happy to see a portion of their office fees redirected to support this worthwhile cause.”

The Victoria Rapid Relief Fund was established to provide funds to local Registered Charities and Qualified Donees providing front-line services to vulnerable populations whose staff, volunteers, programs, and operations have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Since March 21st they have raised over $5 million dollars.

Picture from The Victoria Foundation Facebook Page


About Macdonald Real Estate Group:  Founded in Vancouver in 1944, Macdonald Realty ( has grown to become BC’s largest full-service corporately owned real estate company, with over 20 offices, 1,000 agents and staff in the province, and nearly $6 billion in annual sales.

In addition to residential sales, Macdonald Commercial has over 40 dedicated commercial agents with a head office in Vancouver and a new Fraser Valley office in South Surrey; Macdonald Property Management currently manages over $5 billion in BC properties; and Macdonald Platinum Marketing has sold over $2 billion in luxury new construction.

Supporting Local – Donating to the Food Bank

Supporting Local – Donating to the Food Bank

At a time like this, there are a lot of people who are in vulnerable positions of not being able to feed their family. Lots of communities have been suffering and there are a number of places to support and consider when looking for ways to donate or make contributions to.

One of the biggest areas of need are our local food banks. Whether donating funds or food, there are many ways you can support them in your local community.

Donating to your local food bank is an easy way to support those most in need. If possible, monetary donations make the largest impact. Food banks can often buy food at cost which allows them to make their donations go further and they can select the food that is most in need. 

Photo by Scott Warman

Here is a list of food banks across the province to donate to:

Greater Vancouver
The Greater Vancouver Food Bank was set up as temporary relief to the hunger crisis in 1983, and now strives towards a model grounded in empowerment, education and food quality. They support over 70 Community Partner Agencies and 8000 + clients with access to quality food every week.

Donate online:

The Surrey Food Bank provides food to families living in Surrey and North Delta. They pride themselves in supplying nutritious food in a respectful and dignified environment.

Donate online:

The Mustard Seed is a non-profit fighting hunger in Greater Victoria.

Please call 250-953-1575 ext. 116 for more information or access:

The Food Bank provides supplemental groceries to about 500 families a month, and is the intake site for clients that need to access other crisis supplies.

Call 250-248-8793 for more information or find a way to donate online:

Sidney – Saanich Peninsula
The Saanich Peninsula Lions Food Bank “Helps those in need through those who care.” They have been operating since 1984 to help those hurt by a downturn in the economy.

Donate online:

Sunshine Coast
The Sunshine Coast Food Bank is supported solely through generous financial and food donations from the community, efforts of many supporters who organize food drives and a variety of fund-raising events.

Contact do find out ways to donate: 604-885-5881 ext. 240

The Central Okanagan Food Bank is one of the largest Food Banks in the Interior of BC. They rely on donations from community fundraisers, monthly, corporate and one-time contributions.

Donate online:

Want to donate to Food Banks BC?

The Food Banks BC represent 100 food banks all across the province.  To find a member food bank in your community click on the map for the locations or check by city.

No food bank in your community?  You can check with the nearest location to you – sometimes their rural members have additional depots in nearby communities too.
Especially now, food banks need continued financial support.

Donate online to the Food Bank BC or call at 604.498.1798.

Find a food bank closer to you in British Columbia by visiting:


Macdonald Realty raises $25,000 for Canuck Place Children’s Hospice

Macdonald Realty raises $25,000 for Canuck Place Children’s Hospice

Macdonald Realty raises $25,000 for Canuck Place Children’s Hospice with a polar bear swim at their holiday party

VANCOUVER, B.C. – (December 30, 2019) – Realtors and staff from Macdonald Realty took the plunge for a good cause with a polar bear swim during their annual holiday party.  They set out with a $10,000 fundraising goal but surpassed all expectations by raising $25,000 for Canuck Place Children’s Hospice.

“Macdonald Realty embraced the idea of raising funds for Canuck Place Children Hospice. In the process of fundraising we more than doubled our original goal, with remarkable support by Realtors and staff.” says Simon Clayton, of Macdonald Realty.

Canuck Place Children’s Hospice is BC’s pediatric palliative care provider for children with life-threatening illnesses and the families who love them. Their team of physicians, nurses, counsellors, therapists, staff, and volunteers provide medical respite care, pain and symptom management, end-of-life care, and counselling at no cost for the families who need their assistance.

The volunteer swimmers included Macdonald Realty’s Managing Broker Bill Dick and Realtors TJ Almodovar, Simon Clayton, Jason Feinstadt, Danny Nikas, Karley Rice, Jesse Shen, Jennifer West, as well as staff member Aayushi Goyal, Cathy Read and Kylie Waters. Debbie Butt, Canuck Place Children’s Hospice’s Director of Communications, Marketing and Events, also joined the swimmers into the winter water off Kits Beach.  Macdonald’s Director of Agent Development, Mark Winter, and Eric Poon of Macdonald Commercial rounded out the group.