March 11, 2011
Shirley Froese 2010 REALTORS® Care Award Recipient for the Central Okanagan
Kelowna, BC – Recognized for her exemplary volunteer efforts on a local level, Shirley Froese from Royal LePage Kelowna is the 2010 recipient of the REALTORS® Care Award for the Central Okanagan Zone of the Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board (OMREB).
Many REALTORS® give of their time, money and expertise, and OMREB annually recognizes the volunteer efforts of its members through REALTORS® Care awards. The 2010 presentation was made to Froese at the Central Zone’s annual Christmas luncheon in December 2010, and Board-wide recognition came at OMREB’s AGM on March 10th.
“Shirley Froese is very worthy of this award, and is being honoured for her exceptional ongoing volunteer efforts. Over the years, she has given countless hours of her time to make Kelowna a better place to live, work and play,” noted OMREB Past President Brenda Moshansky (2010-2011) at the AGM.
Every Christmas, Shirley organizes a Christmas tree in the Royal LePage Kelowna office, complete with ornaments indicating those women and children who are in need at the local Kelowna Women’s Shelter along with homemade chocolate Santas, the size of a small statue. In return for a $25 gift or monetary donation, the donor receives a homemade chocolate. This year alone, Shirley had to make over 216 chocolate Santas for the donations. This didn’t include the money that was donated as well.
Shirley made it clear throughout her office that if anyone was strapped for time, she’d be happy to do their shopping for them as long as they handed over the $25. This annual event has been ongoing for years and it takes a moving van to transport the gifts to the Shelter. She has also raised $12,000 for Diabetes from her peers for a marathon she did in Iceland. On an annual basis, Shirley is instrumental in raising over $4,000 per year, and volunteers hours and hours of her time on an ongoing basis.
The REALTORS® Care Award program was started a number of years ago in the Greater Vancouver Board and was implemented by OMREB in 2006. The purpose is to recognize those REALTORS® who have made long-term contributions to the communities in which they live, and to promote public awareness that REALTORS® are committed to helping the communities in which they earn a living and that they care deeply enough to be involved.
“REALTORS® are good public citizens,” notes Janice Myers, Executive Director of the Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board. “They care about the communities that they live and work in, and the world around them. I am always amazed at all the ways REALTORS® give back, the leadership they take and the good example they set for others.”
As the Okanagan moves towards more balanced and normalized market conditions in 2011, local REALTORS® look forward to continued involvement in their communities.
For more information:
George Cwiklewski, President (250) 860-4300
Jan Bauman, Communications (250) 491-4560, Ext 224
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