Seven VIREB members honoured at awards luncheon in Nanaimo

Award recognizes members who give back to their communities

Six members of the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB) received 2016 REALTORS Care Awards at a special luncheon on Feb. 27 in Nanaimo.

VIREB hosted the event in conjunction with its annual general meeting to recognize members who give back to their communities. Coast Capital Savings sponsored the event for the tenth year in a row.

The REALTORS Care Award recipients are Deanna Collins, Royal LePage Advance Realty, Campbell River; Per Dahlstrom, One Percent Realty, Duncan; Chris Fenton, Royal LePage Port Alberni-Pacific Rim Realty; Larry McNabb, RE/MAX of Nanaimo; Rudi Widdershoven, RE/MAX First Realty, Parksville; and Ryan Williams of RE/MAX Ocean Pacific Realty in Comox. All six members received the awards for their dedication to the REALTORS Care philosophy and principles, demonstrated by their generous volunteerism and community service. In recognition of their hard work and dedication, VIREB will donate $500 to each recipient’s chosen charity.

Also honoured at the awards ceremony was Rob Grey from RE/MAX of Nanaimo, who received VIREB’s 2016 REALTOR of the Year Award. VIREB presents this prestigious award to a member whose dedication to excellence has profoundly influenced the professional image of Vancouver Island REALTORS.

Throughout the year, members of organized real estate work together to make a difference in their communities by volunteering time and raising funds for a diverse array of causes and charities. Many of these initiatives fall under the REALTORS Care umbrella, a guiding principle and brand that celebrate the great philanthropic work done by Canadian REALTORS; real estate boards and associations; and broker offices. Canadian REALTORS raised and donated over $91 million for charity between 2012 and 2015.