March 11, 2011
Real Estate Board Announces 2011-2012 President and Directors
Kelowna, BC - The Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board (OMREB) is pleased to announce the election of George Cwiklewski of Kelowna to the position of President for the 2011-2012 term. He was installed along with 11 Directors representing the Central Okanagan, North Okanagan and Shuswap Zones at OMREB’s Annual General Meeting on March 10th.
Cwiklewski has been a Member of OMREB since 1994 and has served as a Director for the past five years. He replaces outgoing President Brenda Moshansky of Peachland who stays on as Past President.
“This is a challenging and exciting time to become President,” Cwiklewski says. “I am very proud to represent the professional REALTORS® of the Okanagan, Shuswap and Revelstoke areas, and of the Board’s role in furthering professionalism through continuing education. I fully support the many initiatives undertaken by our members to help attain a higher quality of life in all our communities.”
Cwiklewski has been a REALTOR® for 17 years and with Macdonald Realty since 1996. A resident of Kelowna for more than 40 years, he has been recognized for outstanding community service and contribution to the well-being of our city, particularly through his cultural efforts and support of the arts. George was the recipient of OMREB's first REALTORS® Care Award for the Central Okanagan in 2006. He was a finalist for the “Man of the Year” and awarded the “Honour in the Arts” for the City of Kelowna's Civic and Community Awards in 2008.
“As President, I look forward to continuing to raise the profile of our Board locally and within the province while working with governments and other stakeholders to enhance housing opportunities for families in the Board area,” notes George. “I am hopeful that relatively low mortgage rates and moderate home prices will continue to allow more first-time buyers to enter the market this year, and will encourage investors to develop more rental opportunities for those who are not in a position to buy.”
“As consumer confidence strengthens, the economy improves and employment grows, and the market stabilizes and begins to normalize in the Okanagan, more buyers and sellers will be able to reach their housing goals in 2011,” he adds. “Our region will continue to attract national and international buyer interest through our exceptional lifestyle and weather – not to mention the pristine lakes, wineries and orchards, ski hills and golf courses, schools and commerce, arts and sports, and a very busy international airport.”
Rob Shaw of Royal LePage Downtown Realty in Vernon was officially installed as the Vice President of the Board of Directors. Rob has been a Member of OMREB since 1995 and has served as a Director for six years – serving from 2003 through 2009 and returning for 2011/2012 – and has held various portfolios during this time.
OMREB’s 2011/2012 Board:
• George Cwiklewski (Macdonald Realty, Kelowna – President)
• Rob Shaw (Royal LePage Downtown Realty, Vernon – Vice President)
• Brenda Moshansky (Coldwell Banker-Horizon Realty, Kelowna – Past President)
• John Adolf (Prudential Kelowna Properties – Central Zone)
• Francis Braam (Royal LePage Kelowna – Central Zone)
• Kent Jorgenson (RE/MAX Kelowna – Central Zone)
• Scott Mayne (Points West Realty Group, Kelowna – Central Zone)
• Barret Watson (Coldwell Banker Horizon, Kelowna – Central Zone)
• Darcy Griffiths (RE/MAX Vernon – North Zone)
• Rorie Holton (Royal LePage Downtown Realty, Vernon – North Zone)
• Steve Lewis (Shirley Real Estate, Salmon Arm – Shuswap Zone)
• Karen Singbeil (RE/MAX at Mara Lake, Sicamous – Shuswap Zone)
The Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board is comprised of 1,149 member REALTORS® and 86 real estate offices in the Southern Interior of BC, and the Board area covers the Central Okanagan, North Okanagan and Shuswap – from Peachland to Revelstoke.
For the most comprehensive source of all real estate listings, home buying and selling information, visit the national websites at: www.realtor.ca and www.icx.ca. OMREB’s local public website and comprehensive Board-wide statistical information are is available at www.omreb.com. OMREB listings are published in the MLS® Real Estate Review magazine available at all real estate offices and various other locations in the Central Okanagan, North Okanagan, the Shuswap and Revelstoke areas.
For more information:
George Cwiklewski, President (250) 860-4300
Janice Myers, Executive Director (250) 491-4560
Jan Bauman, Communications (250) 491-4560
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