Cobourg real estate broker provides lawn signs to help students celebrate graduation

Michael Cortesis offers '2020 Graduate Lives Here' signs to families in Northumberland County

Port Hope artist Lee Higginson's sons Sam and Charley, who were both scheduled to have graduation ceremonies this year, with a sign provided by Cobourg real estate broker Michael Cortesis to help celebrate their graduations. (Photo: Lee Higginson / Facebook)
Port Hope artist Lee Higginson's sons Sam and Charley, who were both scheduled to have graduation ceremonies this year, with a sign provided by Cobourg real estate broker Michael Cortesis to help celebrate their graduations. (Photo: Lee Higginson / Facebook)

If there’s anything real estate agents know, it’s how to make good use of a lawn sign.

Over the past month, a Cobourg real estate broker has leveraged that ability to help students in Northumberland County celebrate their graduations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since late April, Michael Cortesis of RE/MAX Lakeshore Realty Inc. Brokerage has been offering signs families can post on their front lawns that proclaim “2020 Graduate Lives Here”.

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“I’ve been having THE BEST time meeting so many Northumberland County graduates and celebrating their accomplishments,” Michael writes on his Facebook page. “Congratulations Class of 2020!”

Michael kicked off his initiative by running a social media contest where graduates could win one of three $50 VISA gift cards if families took a picture of their graduate with the sign.

As a good entrepreneur, Michael is also promoting his real estate business on the signs, but families are still very appreciative of his initiative.

Since late April, Michael Cortesis of RE/MAX Lakeshore Realty Inc. Brokerage in Cobourg has been offering Northumberland County families these signs to recognize their graduating students during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo: Michael Cortesis / Facebook)
Since late April, Michael Cortesis of RE/MAX Lakeshore Realty Inc. Brokerage in Cobourg has been offering Northumberland County families these signs to recognize their graduating students during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo: Michael Cortesis / Facebook)

Take Port Hope artist Lee Higginson and her two sons Charley and Sam, who we’ve featured on kawarthaNOW before for their beach art.

Both Charley and Sam were going to have graduation ceremonies this year and, especially for Charley, it was going to be an important milestone.

“A big moment to recognize 10 years in the mainstream system as an autistic atypical,” Lee writes on Facebook. “A recognition of the massive amount of work to get to this point.”

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In lieu of graduation ceremonies, Lee snapped a photo of Sam and Charley with one of Michael’s signs and posted it on Facebook on Tuesday (May 19).

“It’s a small thing, but these signs that Michael Cortesis had made for local kids, made them feel they were acknowledged in some way,” Lee writes. “And that is wonderful. Thank you, Michael, from Charley and Sam.”

Many other Northumberland families have also posted photos on Facebook of their proud graduates with the signs. Here’s a selection:

Photo by Amelia Marchand-Reid / Facebook.
Photo by Amelia Marchand-Reid / Facebook.
Photo by Angela Lunau Chislett / Facebook.
Photo by Angela Lunau Chislett / Facebook.
Photo by Becki Ward / Facebook.
Photo by Becki Ward / Facebook.
Photo by Cheryl Williams / Facebook.
Photo by Cheryl Williams / Facebook.
Photo by Christine Balfour Gatien / Facebook.
Photo by Christine Balfour Gatien / Facebook.
Photo by Deana Palmer / Facebook.
Photo by Deana Palmer / Facebook.
Photo by Linda Roberton / Facebook.
Photo by Linda Roberton / Facebook.
Photo by Miranda Kusiar-Beatty / Facebook.
Photo by Miranda Kusiar-Beatty / Facebook.
Photo by Rhonda Biener / Facebook.
Photo by Rhonda Biener / Facebook.
Photo by Summer Dawn / Facebook.
Photo by Summer Dawn / Facebook.

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