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September 2019


Whether you have years of experience or are new to the industry, REIBC is your key to career advancement and connection with the real estate industry. Professional members have achieved the RI Designation, which provides employers and clients with instant confirmation of advanced levels of education and experience.

 Meet two of our board members:

2019_Newsletter/Edwin_Yan.jpgEdwin Yan

Edwin was licensed in 1986 after graduating UBC with a bachelor of Commerce in Urban Land Economics. His first job was in property management, leasing and fee appraisal. Once he completed his three years of work experience, he became a member of REIBC. Edwin is currently a managing broker at LeHomes Realty Premier where he reviews contracts, is involved in training, mentors new sales personal and maintains records and accounts. He could not wait to apply for his RI designation after graduating, Edwin is a member of REIBC because he feels the RI designation holds high standards and strong ethics for professionals.


 Mona Murray2019_Newsletter/Mona_Murray.jpg

Mona completed her Urban Land Economics in 1983 and became licensed as a Managing Broker for her own property management firm in Kamloops, BC. Their portfolio included residential, strata and commercial properties. She sold the company after 25 years and started a new firm specializing in sales, leasing and management of commercial real estate. Mona joined Colliers International in 2017 to continue working as a commercial real estate broker for leasing and sales activities for office, retail, development land and industrial properties. Mona finds this sector of the industry to be challenging but allows her to work with a variety of clients – small businesses, national firms, investors and large corporations. Her background in property management and over 35 years of experience has gained her a loyal following of clients. Mona has enjoyed her membership in the Real Estate Institute, having made valuable professional associations and longtime friendships. For the past several years she has volunteered on a nonprofit board that focuses on providing affordable housing for seniors and persons with development disabilities. Mona enjoys her career, her life with her family and time spent travelling our beautiful province in her motor-home.


2019_Newsletter/September_19.jpgThere was a good turn out of interested participants in Kelowna on September 19th to listen to Renee Merrifield Wasylyk.  Renee is a leader and entrepreneur who lives in the Okanagan.  She is passionate about urban planning, health, water conservation and use, women in leadership, eradicating child poverty and when she is not advocating for these causes she is busy with her company developing and building new homes in Kelowna and Alberta.

Renee talked about how she developed herself to take on these roles, starting with many years of education including a masters degree and then how she gained experience through the school of hard knocks. Renee described both her successes and challenges navigating through the ups and downs of the real estate markets of the last 20 years. 

Renee's story was interesting and interactive with many questions coming the audience about what her thoughts are for the future. Her warmth and willingness to share her ideas made for a great afternoon luncheon event.

Submitted by Tracy Wall, RI. 

We are currently working on events throughout the province of British Columbia, stay tuned for one in your area!

Have you read REIBC's white paper? 

Thank you to the members who contributed to this white paper. We would love to know your thoughts on this piece, any feedback is greatly appreciated. Please contact with any thoughts, comments etc. In the future we may publish more white papers on the different occupations in real estate. 

Click here to view this white paper.


Upcoming REIBC events

Tour of Skeena Sawmills in Terrace, BC
October 18, 2019
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Terrace, BC
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Webinar: Current State of Housing in Greater Vancouver with Steven Saretsky
October 31, 2019 
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Mark your calendars, more information and registration to come!

Presidents Luncheon
A conversation with the CEO of Translink, Kevin Desmond and David Podmore, RI. 
December 12, 2019
11:30 AM– 2:00 PM
Four Seasons Hotel, Vancouver
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Aven's Wish!

Our charity golf tournament helps children such as Aven realize their wish. Each wish that you help us grant carries the wish child and their family from a place of uncertainty to a place of hope.

Here is Aven's Circle of Joy wish with our heartfelt gratitude for helping us share the magic of a wish with so many inspiring kids.

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