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Professional Excellence Program

Have you completed the Professional Excellence Program? This is a great tool that REIBC has provided for you, the members, to evaluate your soft skills. Log onto the website and in the large box on the bottom left, click on the program. It will take you about 20 minutes to complete and will give you great feedback right away. This is a confidential program and no one sees the answers but you.

REIBC Insurance Program

REIBC is pleased to announce that we have arranged an exclusive insurance program for REIBC members in conjunction wtih Reliance Insurance Agencies.  This program is intended for those for which their business practices do not qualify or fit within the parameters of other professional association “affinity” insurance programs, otherwise available to real estate related businesses.  (Appraisers, Realtors, Planners).

Please contact our office for an application.

Newsletter - August 2012

Member Updates

image001.jpgBelated congratulations to Past President Allan Corbett, RI on becoming Chair of the Canadian Commercial Council of Realtors. This is a two (2) year position.  Congratulations Allan.

Also, congratulations to Elizabeth Model, Associate Member, who ran the Ironman France.  Elizabeth has used these competitions to raise funds for the Vancouver Resource Society. She has raised over $11,000 and has now completed her final fundraiser.   Her next project – the Surrey International World Music Marathon. . . check out the website at www.surreymarathon.com.

Industry Events

The Real Estate Foundation  of British Columbia presents:


12 Land Awards
Friday October 26, 2012
Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver

Featuring: Ed Begley, Jr. & Afterparty with The Humm


Tax receipts issued and proceeds to the BC Water Sustainability Endowment Fund

Scholarship Awarded

REIBC has a scholarship at Langara College that recognizes students with outstanding academic performance in the Social Housing Management Certificate Program.  On June 27, 2012 Executive Officer, Brenda Southam presented the winning student with her certificate.  Marina Contcheva received the scholarship and was honored to be selected.  Marina works in the field of social housing and says “Langara College gave me the knowledge and skills to assist the people in need in accessing adequate and suitable housing.”  Congratulations Marina.



It is with sadness that we inform you of the passing of long time member Harry Newlove.   Harry joined the Institute in 1981 and was involved in the Fraser Valley Chapter for a number of years.  Harry had been fighting a terrible disease called Multiple System Atrophy and succumbed to it in July.  Everyone at REIBC sends their thoughts and prayers to Harry’s family.

We have also been notified that Mr. Brian Pink passed away on August 3, 2012.   Brian was an Associate member of the Institute and was the Program Manager at Langara College.  Below is the information received from Langara College.

“ This week our office received the sad news that Brian Pink passed away, very suddenly and unexpectedly, last Friday(August 3). He had been feeling fatigued but, it was only earlier that same week that he checked into hospital for tests. Unfortunately the finding was stomach cancer, by then at an extremely late and inoperable stage. He was 56 years old and is survived by his partner, Ruta.

Brian devoted much of his working life to the cause of adult education. He was a long-time member of Vancouver Community College, both as coordinator for the Real Estate and Property Management program and as Acting Dean of Continuing Education for a year. In December 2005 Doug Soo recruited Brian to revive Langara's Real Estate offerings. Ever since our program has benefited from his deep knowledge of the field and his able stewardship.

When Brian came to Langara we also gained the benefit of his long association with the industry and his many contacts with business associations, instructors, and other institutions. Those of us who worked with Brian were not surprised at how strong and long-lasting these contacts were, for we experienced first-hand his courtesy, his kindness, and his enthusiasm. He was so modest and unassuming that it was easy to under-estimate him at first acquaintance, but any time spent with Brian soon revealed his competence and the generosity with which he was willing to share his experience and give of his time for the benefit of others.

Brian has asked that there be no memorial service. Our office will be putting together a token of our sympathy for Brian's family. If you have anything that you wish for our office to pass along to the family, we are able to do this. In addition, the college is currently looking at setting up a scholarship/bursary in Brian's memory. If your organization is interested in supporting this cause, please let me know so additional information can be provided once something has been set up.”

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Brian’s family.

Board Report

There is no board report this month as the new board will meet for the first time at the end of August.


REIBC has put out an RFP for a piece of Research for Social Purpose Real Estate Analysis.  This piece of research is generously funded by the Real Estate Foundation of BC.  REIBC will be collaborating with Social Purpose Real Estate (SPRE) to have this piece of research  completed.  To view the RFP please go to http://www.reibc.org/rfp_social.html.  To find out more information on SPRE please check out their website at www.socialpurposerealestate.net.

The Real Estate Foundation of BC also funded a second piece of research that REIBC will be working with BC Housing on.  This piece of research will be Scoping a Registry for Accessible and Adaptable Homes in BC (both rental and owned units).  Through existing literature, webscans, and key informant interviews, this study would look at other examples of registries; both registries for accessible and adaptable housing in other jurisdictions, as well as other housing related registries that may offer relevant lessons learned).  The purpose of this scoping exercise would be to determine the ideal features of such a registry, the methods for gathering and maintaining data, funding sources, and partners.

Climate Change

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