LANGLEY, BC – The Fraser Valley Real Estate Board (FVREB) elected its new Board of Directors for the 2016/2017 year at its Annual General Meeting held on February 24th.

Charles Wiebe will replace outgoing President Jorda Maisey. Wiebe is a licensed REALTOR® of over twenty-five years, and is a representative of RE/MAX Little Oak Realty in Fort Langley.

“This is a great honour, and an exciting opportunity, to help lead the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board through 2016,” remarked Wiebe. “Now, more than ever, given the unprecedented pace of our market, it is critical that our organization continues to emphasize and build upon pillars of professionalism and expertise within Fraser Valley real estate.”

Wiebe has served as a Director at the Board for seven years and has chaired several member-led committees, including Commercial, Finance and Business Practices.

The incoming President-Elect is Gopal Sahota, Sutton Group – West Coast Realty, Surrey and the Vice President is John Barbisan, Sutton Premier Realty, Surrey.

During the meeting, Len Doray of HomeLife Benchmark Realty (White Rock) received the John Armeneau Professional of the Year award for his tremendous contribution to the real estate profession. The award is the highest honour the Board bestows, recognizing outstanding leadership and dedication professionally and within the community.

Of Doray receiving the award, outgoing-President Jorda Maisey said, ”Len represents the best of what our profession can, and should, offer. A veteran Realtor of nearly forty years, and a volunteer at the Board since 1996, our organization is immensely grateful for the time, knowledge, and experience Len has offered toward the betterment of our Board and its members.”

Doray is the 31st Fraser Valley member to be recognized with a Professional of the Year award. The award was renamed in 1996 in honour of John Armeneau, a North Delta Realtor who for over two decades was a role model and mentor to other Fraser Valley Realtor.

The FVREB is a professional association of more than 2,900 Realtors in the Fraser Valley providing its members with a variety of membership services including the Multiple Listing Service®, professional development and technological innovation.

The full 2016/2017 FVREB Board of Directors is as follows:

President: Charles Wiebe, RE/MAX Little Oak Realty, Fort Langley
President-Elect: Gopal Sahota, Sutton Group – West Coast Realty, Surrey
Vice President: John Barbisan, Sutton Premier Realty, Surrey
Past President: Jorda Maisey, RE/MAX Little Oak Realty, Fort Langley

Larry Anderson, Sutton Premier Realty, Surrey
Chris Shields, Sutton Premier Realty, Surrey
Sandra Benz, RE/MAX Performance Realty, Delta
Brian Rock, Landmark Realty Mission Ltd., Mission
Karen Conyers, Sotheby’s Int’l Realty Canada, Surrey
Chris Walters, RE/MAX Commercial Advantage, Vancouver
Darin Germyn, Macdonald Realty (152), Surrey
Dharbinder Singh, Century 21 Coastal Realty Ltd., Surrey
Fraser Valley’s new Board of Directors takes office on March 1, 2016.