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June 2017 Newsletter

Member News

John D'Eathe, RI

John_D_Eathe_award_.jpgLong-time member John D'Eathe, who celebrated his 45 year anniversary with the Institute this year, was recently granted the honour of receiving the Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers. 

The Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers recognizes the exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country in a wide range of fields.

As an official Canadian honour, the Medal for Volunteers incorporates and replaces the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award. The Medal builds on the legacy and spirit of the Caring Canadian Award by honoring the dedication and commitment of volunteers.

Congratulations John! 

André Gravelle, RI & John Bridal, RI

REIBC PaAndre_Gravelle_and_John_Bridal_honorary_AACI.jpgst-President André Gravelle, RI (left) and John Bridal, RI (right) both received an honourary AACI designation from the Appraisal Institute of Canada.

AIC President Rick Colburne, AACI, P.App,(center) presented them with this honour at the Appraisal Institute of Canada International Valuation Conference which was held in Ottawa, Ontario on June 10th.

André began working with AIC in the 1990s as the old AIC education program started to lose momentum. At that time, UBC and AIC decided to collaborate and develop a new AIC Program of Study. In 2002, when UBC became the sole provider of AIC English Education, André took on the responsibilities of the day-to-day business of the Real Estate division. André continues to show immense dedication to the AIC Program of Study, and plays a vital role in the Admissions and Accreditations Committee. 

John has played a key role in the AIC education program since the 1990s, and has been integral in the success of the UBC/AIC collaboration. Since UBC became the sole provider of AIC English Education, John has been responsible for the development and delivery of the courses, and he works with AIC members who are employed as tutors, professors and content providers. John is a vital member of the Admissions and Accreditation Committee, and plays an active role in lending his expert advice and experience.

Congratulations, André & John! 

Our Condolences...

The REIBC was recently notified of the passing of two of it's long-time members; David Hilliard and Chris Kyle.

David Hilliard joined the Institute in 1987 and would have celebrated his 30 year anniversary with the Institute at the recent AGM & Recognition Event. David was the Vice President of Milestone Property Services. You can read his obituary here.

Chris Kyle, RI was the President of Kyle Properties Ltd, and a member of the REIBC for the past 26 years.  Chris was an avid golfer, having golfed at the REIBC Charity Golf Tournament for many years. 

Our thoughts and prayers are with their families.


2017 AGM & Recognition Event

On June 8th, 2017 the REIBC hosted it's annual AGM and Recognition Event celebrating those who have been members of the Institute for 25, 30, 35, 40, and 45 years. Ian McNaughton was also recognized for celebrating his 54 year anniversary.

Click here for a list of those celebrating their anniversary this year.

Our 2017 Award of Excellence winner was announced. Graham Allen, RI who also celebrated his 45 year anniversary with the Institute was this year's recipient. You can read about him here. Congratulations Graham!

The event was held at the Scotiabank Theatre and we had the pleasure of having guest emcee, Vaughn Palmer. Over 20 recipients were in attendance this year. It was a great opportunity for many of our members and industry colleagues to network, celebrate and hear from Vaughn Palmer about the recent provincial election. 

We would like to thank our many sponsors for their support this year! Thank you to our Title Sponsor, The BC Real Estate Association, Venue Sponsor: Landcor Data Corporation, Event Sponsor: The Society of Notaries Public of BC, Award Sponsor: UBC Sauder School of Business - Real Estate Division, AV Sponsor: Pacific Dawn Asset and Property Management, Photography Sponsor: Gateway Property Management, Event Program Sponsor: Real Estate Council of BC, and Supporting Sponsors: BC Assessment and Bentall Kennedy.

The Society of Notaries Public of BC 2017 Installation and Awards


On June 7th, 2017 the Society of Notaries Public of BC hosted the Notaries Installation, Secretary/Treasurer Daniel John attended with EO Brenda Southam. 

Every year, the REIBC presents an award to the student who obtains the highest mark on the Statutory Contracts Examination. This year Daniel presented this award to Meagan Rochelle Selzler. 

28 new BC Notaries were installed this year; the largest graduating class.  The Notary graduates received their Certificates, BC Notary pins, and awards! 

Congratulations to all of the new Notaries!


AIC-BC & REIBC Joint Nanaimo Chapter Pub Night


Twenty-five Nanaimo REIBC and Appraisal Institute Chapter members met for the annual co-hosted pub night on the evening of June 1st.  Bill Dawson, Deputy-Assessor, BC Assessment provided members with a BC Assessment 101.  He discussed how assessment works, issues they deal with and provided an overview on the technology they use to determine assessments. Darcy Fox, Manager of Building Inspections, City of Nanaimo spoke about secondary suites within houses, regulations and the issues they cause for safety. The event was fun and a great opportunity to meet other members.  Thank you everyone for coming out.

Career Opportunities

Property Agent - BC Housing

Manager, Land Development - City of Coquitlam

Meet A Member

This month in our newsletter we are introducing you to two of the new members that joined us this year.  If you would like to profiled as an new or existing RI, let us know!

Meet Chris Dittmar, RI

Chris_Dittmar_RI_Photo_002_.JPGBeing a very energetic person coming out of university, Chris accepted a position in media relations with the Office of the Premier. With an interest in real estate he decided to move north in 2005 to Prince George and began his career as a fee appraiser at a small local firm. He joined BC Assessment in 2008 and has worked with a wide range of property types with time spent on residential, commercial, and farm teams as well as experience in supervisory appraisal roles.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Victoria and has recently completed his Diploma in Urban Land Economics at the University of British Columbia.

In his spare time Chris is an accomplished model railroader and has had several articles published in numerous international magazines. Being physically active is important to him and he continues to play hockey, football, and golf. He coaches high school football and has enjoyed participating in numerous triathlons.

Meet Corey Cook, RI

Cook_Corey_12681_Photo.jpgIn 2012, when working towards a Bachelors Degree in Business, Corey had an opportunity to sample real estate with a temporary position at BC Assessment. This introduction into the real estate industry helped him quickly establish a passion. The importance and significance of appraising tangible, yet complex investments inspired him to pursue a career in the real estate industry. He would go on to complete his bachelor’s degree, and acquire a position as an Appraiser with BC Assessment. Since then, he has completed his Post Graduate Certificate in Real Property Valuation with UBC Sauder - School of Business and obtained his RI Designation.

Corey is currently building his knowledge base and portfolio, with experiences in areas such as, urban residential valuations, First Nations, and residential development land. He looks forward to what future challenges and opportunities await him.

In his spare time, Corey likes to dabble in various sports: hockey, soccer, sailing, anything really. He also loves the outdoors, where he can travel the world, and experience new foods and cultures.

REIBC Charity Golf Tournament

On Wednesday June 21st the REIBC hosted the 24th Annual Charity Golf Tournament that benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation of BC & Yukon. The weather was perfect, and all of those who attended had a wonderful time. Our hope is that we raised a lot of money! Stay tuned, we will let you know how much we raised as soon as we can! 

We will update you on all the winners and share some pictures in our July e-newsletter!

Every month we receive updates from Make-A-Wish as they share wishes that have been granted as a result of many charitable donations, including dollars from REIBCs Charity Golf Tournament. 

Erika is a 15 year old girl with Germ Cell Tumor. Her wish was to travel and take pictures. After taking some time thinking about where she wanted to go, she chose Hawaii.  Read Erika's wish here

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