Three local REALTORS® and a real estate office have been recognised for their commitment to community causes in 2012.
Ron Antalek, Michele DeFehr, Eric Huffey and the real estate office of Dexter Associates Realty were recipients of the REALTORS Care® Award at the President’s Recognition Dinner hosted, March 15, by the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV).
These individuals represent the breadth and depth of charitable endeavors performed by REALTORS® across our communities each year.
- Sandra Wyant, REBGV president, 2013-14
Ron was instrumental in helping the Ridge Meadows Hospital Foundation raise $238,000 at its gala fundraiser in 2012. Ron was also a key volunteer for the Ridge Meadows Hospice Society, Cynthera Transition House, Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Community Services, and the District of Maple Ridge.
Michele is a long-time volunteer with the annual REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive. Her efforts have helped drive steady increases in the number of donations and volunteers involved with the program on the North Shore. She has also developed a special relationship with BC Children’s Hospital and has been instrumental in encouraging colleagues to donate part of their commissions to support the hospital.
Eric has experienced first-hand the effects of prostate cancer and has dedicated himself to raising funds and encouraging men to get checked regularly. He has also helped counsel individuals faced with a cancer diagnosis. Huffey has worked to increase prostate cancer awareness on the national, provincial and local level.
Dexter Associates Realty, Vancouver
Dexter Associates Realty has raised more than $225,000 for the BC Cancer Foundation through its participation in the Ride to Conquer Cancer. The real estate company has also hosted galas for the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research, raising more than $55,000, and has fundraised for several other charities.
Previous REALTORS Care® Award recipients
For many REALTORS®, their profession is about more than selling real estate. It means being an active part of their community.
REALTORS® have raised millions of dollars and volunteered countless hours to many worthy causes.
That’s why, in 1999, the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver created the REALTORS Care® Awards, a community service recognition program that recognizes individuals and companies who give back to the neighbourhoods where they live and work.