Real Estate Association honours three distinguished members



    OTTAWA, Feb. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - The New Brunswick Real Estate Association
(NBREA) today bestowed special awards on three members who together have
contributed more than 100 years of combined experience and dedicated service
to the real estate industry and their communities. The awards were announced
during the Association's annual general meeting held in Saint John.
    Marjorie Davidson of Fredericton is the recipient of the 2007 Dave
Hawkins Award, presented to an individual who has made an outstanding
contribution to the real estate industry.
    "The recipient of the Dave Hawkins Award this year has not only been a
success in her business, but also a great success to the community," said Don
Ketchum, 2007 President of NBREA. "She has been a guest speaker at major
American real estate conventions, and been a dedicated promoter of ethics and
dedicated service to her clients."
    Marjorie Davidson has twice served as President of the Fredericton Real
Estate Board, and was President of the New Brunswick Real Estate Association
(NBREA) in 1997. In 1998 she was the first Canadian ever to be appointed to
the Prudential International Advisory Council. Outside of the real estate
industry she has served as President and Vice-President for the Fredericton
Chamber of Commerce, and has served as a Governor for Portage, a foundation
dedicated to the welfare of young adults suffering from substance abuse.
    Marjorie today is Manager of ReMax Group Four Realty Ltd, of Fredericton.
    The New Brunswick Real Estate Association today also announced that
83-year old Ilie Crowther of the Village of St. Martins will be receiving a
lifetime Honourary Membership to the New Brunswick Real Estate Association.
    "She was one of the few women who took on a career in this industry in
the 1950s, when not many women would try," says NBREA President Don Ketchum.
Her career began in Ontario, where she was one of only three women involved at
that time in the real estate industry. She later became one of the first
female mangers and owners when she formed her own company, V.C. Crowther Real
Estate, in 1956 and achieved silver sales status just one year later.
    "Ilie has been described as an unsung hero of our industry who is kind,
honest and dedicated," Don Ketchum added. "She is reminder to us all of how
important it is to continue to embrace core values of customer service."
    In addition to her real estate career, Ilie has served as a Village
Councillor in St. Martins, was a founding member of the local historical
society, and also spent years as a volunteer ambulance attendant. She
continues to work as an active member of the local Chamber of Commerce, the
Cemetery Association, and the St. Martins Concerned Citizens Group.
    Sue Edgett of Moncton was also honored for her dedication to the
professional education of REALTORS(R) in New Brunswick, and presented with the
NBREA Life Time Achievement Award for Excellence in Real Estate Education.
    She has been teaching the pre-licensing courses and continuing education
courses in both New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island from the late eighties
to the present day.
    "There are very few real estate agents in New Brunswick today who have
not had the pleasure of attending at least one training session with Sue
Edgett," says NBREA President Don Ketchum.

    About the Dave Hawkins Award
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    Dave Hawkins spent 35 years in the real estate industry and was involved
in the appraisal industry for more than 20 years. He served as President of
the Fredericton Real Estate Board on two different occasions as well as
serving as President of the New Brunswick Real Estate Association. Dave also
served as Chairman of the Atlantic Provinces Real Estate Council. Dave was
elected as a Director of the Canadian Real Estate Association in 1978 and in
1985 was elected President of CREA - he was the first from Eastern Canada to
do so.
    In memory of Dave, the NBREA has created the annual Dave Hawkins Award to
recognize an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the Real
Estate Industry.

    Lifetime Honorary Membership in NBREA
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    A lifetime Honourary Membership to the New Brunswick Real Estate
Association is not something that the Board of Directors bestows on someone
without a great deal of thought and consideration.
    A person who is presented with this honour must have been a long-term
member of the Association who has had a great deal of effect on the real
estate industry, their community and the Association.
    This year Ilie Crowther of the Village of St. Martins will be receiving a
lifetime Honourary Membership to the New Brunswick Real Estate Association.

    Life Time Achievement Award for Excellence in Real Estate Education.
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    This Award is presented when the New Brunswick Real Estate Association
honors those who have dedicated years of service or their career to the
development and/or improvement of professional real estate agent education in
New Brunswick.
    This year Sue Edgett of Moncton became the first recipient of the award,
in recognition of more than 20 years of service to real estate agents in New
Brunswick through the development and presentation of real estate education
programs.




For further information:

For further information: Don Ketchum, the 2007 President of NBREA, will
be available for media interviews at the Delta Hotel in Saint John from 08:00
to 15:00 on February 21st, 2008. To arrange an interview, please contact NBREA
Executive Officer Jamie Ryan at 506-440-2861.

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