The Neal Estate Team Supports Our Community
June 22nd, 2020
2020 Discover Your Potential Bursary Awarded
Recipients of the 2020 Discover Your Potential Bursary
Discovery School had a wonderful grad ceremony and the three recipients of the Discover Your Potential Bursary were absolutely overjoyed. It was an incredible moment for the three. In the picture left to right is Michael Qu, Mahleeah Peters, and Benjamin Woodman.
For more information on the Discover Your Potential Bursary.
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CMN Miracle Office
We are proud supporters of CMN (Children’s Miracle Network) donating a portion of our personal earnings from every sale to BC Children's Hospital.
As a MIRACLE OFFICE our real estate agents have donated more than $250,000 to the BC Children's Hospital since 2005.
Each year since 2000 hundreds of children and families join us, the Easter Bunny and Sunny Bear for our Annual Easter Egg Hunt supporting BC Children's Hospital. We give away more than 20,000 chocolates each year, have a great time resulting in hundreds of happy, smiling faces and raise thousands of dollars every year to help make sick kids better.
I started a tradition of mine to buy something at the annual fundraiser auction and give it to the Miracle Child Representative. This first was Lindsay in 2011 who I gave a diamond necklace to, there wasn't a dry eye in the house. Since then, I have done something at each annual auction. In 2018, it was an autographed Sidney Crosby Canadian Junior Jersey to Logan.
June 23rd, 2018
The Neal Estate Team's Discover Your Potential Bursary was awarded at UVIC on June 23, 2018 to Quinlan Jones of Victoria's Discovery School
Grade 12 students from Victoria’s Discovery School are being offered an exclusive opportunity to apply for post-secondary education funding from local real estate company. The Neal Estate Team, which has supported over 60 charitable organizations and community initiatives in 20+ years of business, announces the launch of the Discover Your Potential Bursary.
Ron Neal, founder of the Neal Estate Team, believes that our next generation possesses the potential to change our world for the better, and an investment in young people is an investment in our community. Ron’s eldest son Cameron attended Discovery School, an independent Christian school that specializes in educational strategies for children with learning challenges. Cameron Neal says he was able to thrive in the Discovery School environment because his teachers “were empowered to guide us, as human beings, rather than telling [us] 'right' from 'wrong’. “
Sherri Ko, principal of Discovery School, is honoured to partner with the Neal Estate Team to launch this bursary program. According to Ms. Ko, “The Discover Your Potential Bursary Program aligns perfectly with Discovery School’s mission to provide individualized education programs that balance challenge with success, build self-confidence and self-esteem. We strive to help develop our students as whole beings, which means being able to support them beyond their time at this school.” Ms. Ko feels that the Neal Estate Team’s has been exemplary in their support for organizations in the community, and is delighted that Discovery School is now one such recipient.
The DYP Bursary will be awarded to one Grade 12 student who will be initiating his or her post-secondary education in the next 12 months following graduation from Discovery School. The successful candidate is one who is already actively contributing to their community, and “possesses a discernible vision to contribute in meaningful ways to the world we live in”.
To qualify to apply for the 2018/19 DYP Bursary, students must meet the following criteria:
- Be currently attending Discovery School as a Grade 12 student
- Be registered for full-time classes starting in an upcoming semester within 12 months of graduating from Discovery School at an accredited college or university
- Be actively involved with a local or nationally recognized organization, including community organizations, social causes, places of worship, sports teams, and more
To apply for the 2018/19 DYP Bursary, students submit their application by completing the registration at Neal Estate Team's Discover Your Potential Bursary Registration (https://www.ronneal.com/bursary-program.php).
Students are required to submit a 400-word essay describing “who you are, the change you wish to see in the world, and what you are actively doing right now to move towards your vision.”
Our Place - Christmas 2016
Volunteers at the 2015 Easter Egg Hunt
The Hunt is Underway
Special Olympics - Freezin' for a Reason
Members of the Neal Estate Team took part as dozens of people charged into the waters at Willows Beach in Victoria for the inaugural Vancouver Island Polar Plunge, in support of Special Olympics B.C.
“We’re all going to be headed into the water and getting ‘freezin’ for a reason,'” said organizer Cst. Sherri Lucas of the Oak Bay Police Department.
Fundraisers took the dive to help raise money for the more than 4,600 Special Olympics athletes in the province.
“The money raised is able to help the athletes train, travel and go to the different games,” Lucas explained. “Without this, they just wouldn’t get the funding.”
The support from the community is priceless for athletes, like softball player Kevin Danchella.
“I’ve been playing [softball] for the last six years,” said Danchella, who will be travelling to Nova Scotia in July to compete. “If it wasn’t for the police, fire and ambulance and people from the army, this probably would never, ever happen because it takes a lot of love and support.”
The organization is largely supported by first responders, including the Victoria Police Department whose plunge team raised more than $6,600. “We recognize that we have individuals with intellectual disabilities and how empowering it is when they’re able to compete in sports,” said Victoria Police Chief Del Manak. “We really see great personal achievement.” Many first responders plunged into the frigid waters in full uniform, while other participants wore costumes and colourful outfits.
“It was very cold but refreshing,” said one person who took the plunge. “I would absolutely do it again!”
Organizers say they’ve surpassed their fundraising goal of $20,000.
July 17, 2018
The Neal Estate Team sponsors and serves hundreds of meals for the homeless throughout the year.
The Neal Estate Team served up Roasted Turkey and Trimmings on a bun, fruit and potato salad plus Ice Cream Sundaes with chocolate sauce for over 500 at "Our Place" on July 17.
The Neal Estate Team helping out serving dinners at Our Place.
May 1st, 2017
The Neal Estate Team recognized and appreciated at
2017 National Philanthropy Day
My earliest memories of the joy of giving are from being mentored to "do good deeds" as a boy scout which I participated in from about 8-15 years old. Later as I started enjoying some success in the car business I volunteered with the Kinsmen Club of Victoria and the Special Olympics.
My connection to Children's Hospital began as a volunteer assisting with fund raising for an annual golf tournament for BC Children's Hospital in 1998.
In the same year I hosted my first annual Easter Egg Hunt for BCCH and have held 19 in total now growing from a handful of participants to now a turnout of over a thousand people each year. That connection grew to include serving for several years on the Victoria Community for Kids, a fund raising group who worked to raise funds for BCCHF and awareness.
In 2004 I opened my RE/MAX Brokerage and made it a policy and requirement that a donation is made by every agent from every sale to BCCHF adn also to our internal Community Support Fund with we collectively look for needs in our community to support and has included families needing emergency support following house fires, financial support of families not working due to dealing with sick kids, one of our own who's son needed emergency brain surgery in California and so on.
I bought my farm in 2005 and dedicated sales of both blueberries and Christmas Trees each year to BCCHF although I divided the proceeds of the Xmas tree sales based on some preferences for other organizations including Mustard Seed, Extreme Outreach and others
About 10 years ago my sons and I grew our hair then shaved our heads for Kids with Cancer and after that we had our journey to help build a school for an orphanage in Mityana, Uganda. Every year at our RE/MAX Conferences we have an auction supporting Childrens Hospitals and I've actively participated driving up the bids and donating a lot personally over the years.
For many years we supported the former Queen Alexandra Hospital with their Bear Wear Event and continue to sponsor a tree in the Festival of Trees supporting BCCHF.
Also, we support the annual Ocean FM Radiothon for kids and I took pies in the face for The Mustard Seed.
We also support Our Place sponsoring and serving meals to the homeless 2-3 times a year. I had a new idea earlier this year and in July 2018 we are hosting our first "Christmas in July" meal for Our Place.
Premier Community Citizenship
Ron Neal and the Neal Estate Team make a donation from every sale to the BC Children's Hospital and support more than 30 other charities, including the United Way of Victoria, Santa's Anonymous, BC Cancer Foundation and Greater Victoria Hospitals Foundation.
RE/MAX is a front-runner in terms of giving back to the community, often devoting endless support to countless charities and local causes. The RE/MAX sponsorship of the Children's Miracle Network is a great example of RE/MAX community citizenship. Since 1992, RE/MAX has been a major contributor to the Children's Miracle Network; a North American fund-raising organization dedicated to generating funds and awareness programs for the benefit of Children served by its over 170 associated hospitals. RE/MAX across Canada raises over $3 million annually on behalf of 11 Canadian children's hospital foundations.
As well, RE/MAX of Western Canada created the "Quest for Excellence Program". This bursary program was established to recognize the success and on-going pursuits of Western Canadian students. A "Quest for Excellence" involves any student in Grade 12 who demonstrates great feeling and passion, commitment and dedication, positive attitude and enthusiasm for the subject chosen. RE/MAX presents 24 bursaries of $500 each regionally. The categories are Leadership, Sports, Technology and Trades, Fine Arts, Performing Arts and Community Service. RE/MAX is proud to recognize students, in the very communities in which we live and work, for their outstanding achievements. Education is the building block of our future and if the children we hear from every day are any indication, our future has never been brighter.
RE/MAX is committed to help raise awareness of the ongoing need for organ donation. GiveLife assists Canadians in making informed decisions regarding organ, tissue and bone marrow donation. The GiveLife site provides some national information regarding organ and tissue donation, but more importantly acts as a portal to the many provincial organizations that are mandated to oversee organ and tissue donation programs across the country.
Proud supporters of our community Ron Neal and The Neal Estate Team support to the following charities:
|Aids Vancouver Island||Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness Society||Saanich Neighbourhood Place|
|ALS Society||Greater Victoria Family Services||Saanich Volunteer Services Society|
|Alzheimer's Society||Greater Victoria Housing Society||Silver Threads Service|
|Ballet Victoria||Greater Victoria Public Library||Spectrum Community School|
|BC Cancer Foundation||Habitat for Humanity||Spinal Cord Injury BC|
|BC Children's Hospital Foundation||Headway Victoria Epilepsy and Parkinson?s Centre||United Way (60+ member agencies)|
|BC Schizophrenia Society||Heart and Stroke Foundation||Victoria Cool Aid Society|
|Beacon Community Services||Hospital Bear Wear||Victoria Dragon Boat Festival|
|Big Brothers and Big Sisters||Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria||Victoria Hospice|
|Boys and Girls Club||JDF Midget AAA Hockey||Victoria Hospitals Foundation|
|Camp Imadene and Auxano||John Howard Society of Victoria||Victoria Immigrant & Refugee Centre Society|
|Canadian Cancer Foundation||Kings Kids Ministry Orphanage Uganda||Victoria Minor Hockey|
|Children's Health Foundation of Vancouver Island||Learning Disabilities Association of BC||Victoria Rainbow Kitchen|
|Citizen?s Counselling Centre||MS Society||Victoria READ Society|
|Claremont School||Mustard Seed Food Bank||Victoria Royals|
|CMN Miracle Home Program||Northridge School||Victoria Sexual Assault Centre|
|Community Micro Lending||Open Door||Victoria Single Parent Resource Centre|
|Cridge Centre for the Family||Our Place Society||Victoria Symphony|
|Discovery School||Pacific Christian School||Victoria Therapeutic Riding Association|
|Farmlands Trust Society||PEERS Victoria Resources Society||VRCMHA Bantam AAA Hockey|
|Garth Homer Society||Queen Alexandra||YMCA|
|Greater Victoria Citizens' Counselling Centre||Saanich Minor Hockey|
Read about some of the events the Neal Estate Team has been involved in over the years.