A little bit about myself. I was born in 1971 in Toronto and my heritage is both Greek and Italian. My mother (Bianca Furfaro-Ghikas) begun her Real Estate Sales career in the eighties, I never realized that it would end up being my career as well. After graduating from highschool I worked at the airport and really had no direction in life. At 23 I had my first child and I knew I needed to do something with my life in order to take care of her.
Therefore, at 25 I joined the Canadian Armed Forces and became a tank driver. I stayed in Army for the better part of 6 years. At this point I knew I wanted more in life and to top it all off I was pregnant again. So while I was on maternity leave I started and finished my real estate courses. By the time my daughter turned 1 years old I was practicing real estate sales (February 2004). In 2007 I was divorced my then husband; at that point I had hit an all time low and raising 2 children on my own.
I knew that I would have to really do well in Real Estate in order to survive. AND I DID! My clients became friends and family and because of them I did and do well. At 39 years old, 2010 I met new husband, the love of my life, at about that time I started boxing. I became an amateur boxer for ONTARIO and at my first fight (which I WON at the age of 40(2011) (my counter part was 15 years younger with 10 years experience). It was during this fight that my girls and family, met my future husband.
In 2013 my girls, husband and I moved to my beautiful home in Caledon , and in 2014 the love of my life and got married. All the while practicing and doing well in Real Estate. Real Estate and my Life have been a Roller Coaster. I Love my life and my career, I would not change a thing. It has made me the person I am today and I like that person. My life has helped to understand people and that is what makes me the Realtor I am today!
Well as many of you know my Husband for the better part of 10 years died August 16, 2020. It was a rough year. My children loved Fabian very much and got to experience what it meant to have a father. I loved him very much as well but through him I got to experience what it meant to have true love. I have no regrets with my late husband as we were always honest and true to one another.
My late husband would not want be to me to stop living and would want me to enjoy life or else what we had built together would have all been for nothing.
In fact work was what made go forward in my life and helped me to heal from my great loss. As I have always been grateful to all my clients, I now appreciate them even more.
I did sell my home in Caledon and am back living in Toronto. My children are healing as well and doing extremely well. My oldest is working in Women’s College in her field of Informatics and has even been promoted to project management. As for my youngest she is now at Trent University (1st year) in Early Childhood Studies.
I never thought at the age of 49 now 50 that I would have to start again, and I am looking forward to it.
My new house will be ready in 2022!!
Although I have suffered another tragedy in my life, I do believe that everything happens for a reason.
I will get through this as well and find happiness again.
Thank you for all the continued support from my family, friends/clients. It means the world to me that I have such an amazing career because of all you.
I have always been in the 100% Club but 2019 and 2021 were awesome years and achieved PLATINUM on both!!!
AND JUST LIKE THAT… March 25, 2023
My mother “Bianca” introduced me to a beautiful, strong, caring, hard working man and it was love at first sight.
So, March 25, 2023 was the start of my new life with my NEW LIFE PARTNER… my husband Ben Soares!!!
Who knew that life would give me another chance at love! And at 51 to start all over again!!
WE are enjoying our life with curve balls. Together we have 5 kids and call ourselves the BENITA BUNCH!!
We are living in Toronto working hard and enjoying life.
There is life after death and we should all embrace it. Don’t forget the past but always look forward because time does not go back only FORWARD.