Community Realtors Sell-Out Firefighters Challenge at Award Winning SnowFest Family Day

Community Realtors Sell-Out Firefighters Challenge at Award Winning SnowFest Family Day

Support, recognition and engagement resonates clearly from real estate agents across our community for the third annual FireFighters Challenge held at SnowFest, which was recently voted “Festival/Event of the Year” by Ontario Tourism for the Hills of
Headwaters Region.

Centerpiece of the Family Day event (Monday February 17th), the Firefighters Challenge showcases dedicated firefighters (the majority of whom are volunteers) from across Caledon’s nine fire stations, with each sponsored by community-minded realtors, in a “Winter Olympics” style competition. Competition, with a start time of 12:30 sharp, will be keen from each hall for this “head- to- head” style race against the clock which pits pairs of teams over simulated fire and rescue obstacles. Visitors will enjoy “play-by-play” action provided by the inimitable “voice of radio” and Caledon resident, Don Berns. Returning Gold Medal champions include
Accurate (Peel) Appraisals/Mono Mills Fire Station (2011) and Remax In the Hills/Caledon Village Fire Station (2012), whose volunteer firefighters also donate their time to flood the skating rink for the hockey game and public skating during SnowFest.

The sponsorship provided by the following realtors includes a contribution to each fire station to be used in their community: Michele Skawski/Live in Caledon, Stephen Digmun & Tom Dolson/Exit Realty, Deb Tidey/Royal Lepage, Ross Vignale /List with Ross, Basil Michele & Marta Castelhano/Southfields Real Estate, The Mairs/ReMax, Tom Bremner/Accurate(Peel) Appraisals, Gary Alison/
Royal LePage and Chris Ritchie/ReMax In The Hills. “I was honoured to be the first realtor asked to sponsor the SnowFest Fire Fighters Challenge in its inaugural year”, says “Live in Caledon” agent Michele Skawski, who has continued to support the
event each year. “The Firefighters Challenge is an opportunity for residents to cheer on their local fire station, while sharing in the larger celebration of the amazing lifestyle we enjoy in Caledon”.

Ross Vignale, owner of “List with Ross”, was equally impassioned about his support of the Challenge. “As a volunteer firefighter, community oriented real estate professional and 27 year Caledon resident, my family and I are honoured to support Caledon’s winter
family event of the year… SnowFest”.

“Alton Fire Chief, Mike Denreyer, was a source of encouragement at the blueprint stage”, says Barb Shaughnessy, owner of Caledon- based Tamerlane Design and Creative Director for SnowFest. “Mike helped us every step of the way with advice, support and extra volunteers. He knew an event like this would help to raise the profile of Caledon’s volunteer firefighters and at the same time provide camaraderie between them”. Colin Hanna, Caledon’s Training Officer, is creating a course that highlights problem solving, endurance and teamwork, which are key elements of firefighting.

Special thanks to the Good Guys Carting Dogs which raised money at SnowFest to provide pet respirators for the Caledon Fire Stations. It’s all about team effort.

The Caledon Fire Department will provide engaging, kid- focused fire safety and prevention education throughout the day, tours of the fire truck and the opportunity to witness firsthand the firefighters putting out a real fire.

Gates open 10 am to 4pm with a full day of winter family activities and fun competition including dog sled and horse drawn sleigh rides, snow castle competition, snow shoeing, a Chilly Cook-Off, snow-pitch and hockey, public skating and new this year “Angel Mania”. Located at the Caledon Fairgrounds on Hwy #10 in Caledon Village, admission and onsite parking are FREE. For more information visit:

– Written By Liz Shaughnessy, Media Director
– Photos By Patrick Forster, Caledon Fair Ambassador