Hanya Kizemchuk’s path has been one of success and self-discovery, as a model turned real-estate investor turned entrepreneur turned philanthropist. In the ’80s, Hanya walked international runways for designers like Karl Lagerfeld, Jil Sander and Claude Montana, and back home in Toronto she appeared in the pages of Chatelaine and Flare.
When real estate started booming in the late ’80s, she changed tack. Hanya obtained a real estate licence and used her well-trained eye and adventurous spirit to sell houses in neighbourhoods like Rosedale and Moore Park. She even converted a 48-unit Forest Hill apartment building into a co-ownership.