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Meet A Member
Meet Neil Currie, RI
I began my career in Real Estate in 2003 with BC Assessment as a Property Information Collector in Nelson and later worked as a residential appraiser in Nelson and Cranbrook. In 2008 I accepted an appraiser position with Saskatchewan Assessment Management Agency. In addition, in 2009 I completed the Diploma in Urban Land Economics by distance education and received my RI designation after that. In 2010 I applied for my BC Real Estate Licence and joined the RE/MAX RHC Realty team in Nelson, BC. However, a second opportunity came up with Saskatchewan Assessment Management Agency that allowed me to receive my Professional Agrologist (Pag) designation and as a result I was able to be involved in the assessment of all property types. (agricultural, residential and non-residential properties). In 2014 I accepted a position as an Assessor with the City of Medicine Hat, Alberta and later that year became an Accredited Municipal Assessor of Alberta (AMAA). I currently do residential assessments along with the assessments for the City’s Business Revitalization Zone.
Throughout this I have proudly retained and displayed my RI designation from REIBC.
I enjoy working as an assessor for the City of Medicine Hat because it involves working in both the Assessment and Taxation processes. The challenge is explaining the processes in the appropriate terminology for a variety of people and the reward is when individuals respond favorably to my explanation that is tailored to their apparent knowledge level.
I spend my time outside of work cycling, walking and weight training on a regular basis. As often as possible I try to get back to Nelson to do some mountain biking, motorcycling, ATVing and visiting my kids and grandchildren.
Meet Joyce Chong, RI
After receiving my MBA from the University of British Columbia, I joined Vancity Savings Credit Union in 1995. The opportunity provided me a platform to learn the business of finance in a multi-faced role that included management and expansion of financial services network, mergers and acquisitions, financial and operational infrastructures, and asset management.
In my current role as Director of Administration and Real Estate Services at Simon Fraser University, I oversee and provide strategic leadership in customer service, operations and financial management of the Facilities Services Department. Central to my role, I oversee real estate services for the university, which includes asset management, real estate transaction structuring and negotiations, space acquisition, third party real estate development, project management, contract administration, leasing, property and facilities management. I also oversee re-sales for the award winning UniverCity properties on campus as well as antenna license management.
I’m passionate about change and empowering people. Seeing people grow and do creative and amazing things gives me the motivation to get up in the morning and do my best.
I’m blessed to have a wonderful loving husband and two beautiful girls quickly growing into adults. We love traveling and experiencing the different foods and cultures from the different parts of the world. Like an old soul, I like having hard copy prints of these happy moments throughout our home. When not working, I keep myself sane with lots of hot yoga with my girls and “vespaing” around town with my husband.
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Member Ian Lindsay, RI, named Vancouver Island Real Estate Board's 2017 Realtor of the year!
The VIREB presented the Realtor of the Year Award, sponsored by Coast Capital Savings, to a member whose dedication to excellence has had a profound influence on the professional image of VIREB Realtors and who has made significant contributions to the real estate industry.
Ian has had a long and successful career in selling both residential and commercial real estate. He has applied his professional expertise to a variety of roles for VIREB, including serving on arbitration and education committees. Lindsay has also been instrumental in the development of VIREB's Commercial Division and Commercial Council.
Ian received the award on March 9th during VIREB's annual general meeting at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre. Click here to read the entire press release.
Pictured (Left to right: Nicholas Hermann and Cameron Hussynec from Coast Capital Savings with Ian Lindsay)
Concert Properties honors David Podmore, RI, with a $50,000 gift to Sauder School of Business!
Concert has announced a $50,000 endowment fund that will provide bursaries to students in the Bachelor of Commerce Program at the UBC Sauder School of Business who demonstrate financial need. The generous contribution will be matched by UBC’s Blue & Gold Campaign, which UBC President Santa J. Ono launched to help remove financial barriers for talented students.
Concert’s donation was made to celebrate Podmore’s remarkable career, which has included leadership roles with Expo ’86, the Vancouver Convention Centre expansion, the bid for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games and the BC Place roof replacement project. The UBC alumnus has also been active in countless community initiatives and has served on many Boards, including the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, the Greater Vancouver Home Builders Association and the BC Progress Board. He is also a recipient of the Order of British Columbia, and the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee.
Click here to read the full article.
REIBC Scholarship awarded to Langara Student Karl Tegenfelet
Each year, REIBC awards scholarships and bursaries to selected students attending UBC, Langara, and BCIT. On April 4 & 5, 2018 Langara College hosted its Celebration of Excellence where they recognize the academic excellence of it's students.
On April 5th, the REIBC Langara College award was awarded to Karl Tegenfelet. This scholarship is given to a student enrolled in the Social Housing Management Certificate Program. The Recipients must have completed a minimum of three courses in the program, and achieved the highest mark in the Social Housing Management Course.
AIC-BC & REIBC Valuing Diversity Conference
The AIC-BC & REIBC held their 2018 Valuing Diversity Conference from May 10-12 in Kelowna, BC. We received some great feedback and thank all of those who attended.
As part of this conference there were two off-site tours; a smart-cycle tour and a visit to Mission Hills Family Estate Winery. We received a great article from RI, Terry Dowle on his experience of the tour.
You can read the full article here.
Charity Golf Tournament
Registration for the 25th Anniversary REIBC Charity Golf Tournament is well underway! This years' tournament is taking place on June 18th, 2018 at the Richmond Country Club. Click here to register. There are only 10 spots left, so don't miss out and register right away!
Over the past 25 years, the REIBC has donated more than a half a million dollars to charity thanks to the generous support of many sponsors, some of whom have participated in the tournament from the very beginning.
Are you unable to attend as a golfer but would still like to participate? We ask you that you please consider donating to our silent auction. All monies raised during both silent and live auction are donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation to help grant wishes to kids facing life-threatening illness. Click here to read Lola's story.
Let's make a record this year! Click here to register or donate!
June 14, 2018 5:30 pm
The Four Seasons Hotel
791 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
REIBC Recognition Dinner
June 14, 2018 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Guest Emcee: Vaughn Palmer
The Four Seasons Hotel
791 West Georgia Street, Vancouver
Speaker: Matthew Nied, Associate,Cassels, Brock and Blackwell LLP
The Perils of Presale Agreements
June 20, 2018 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm PST
Property Administrator (Leasing/Property Management) - Vancouver Fraser Port Authority
Manager, Facilities - Seaspan ULC
Property Management Agent - TransLink
Senior Property Administrator (Leasing/Property Management) - Vancouver Fraser Port Authority
Lease Manager - BC Ministry of Citizens’ Services
Members Seeking Employment
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