SURREY, BC – The Fraser Valley Real Estate Board (FVREB) elected its new Board of Directors for 2017/2018 at its Annual General Meeting held on February 22.

Gopal Sahota will replace outgoing President Charles Wiebe. Sahota is a licensed REALTOR® of over ten years, and is a representative of Sutton Group – West Coast Realty in Surrey.

“I’m honoured to help lead our organization through the coming year, and excited to work alongside such a diverse and experienced Board of Directors,” remarked Sahota.  “In the coming term, we will continue to pursue innovation in our industry and foster the culture of professionalism and expertise our membership is built on.”

Sahota has served as a Director at the Board for five years and has chaired several member-led committees, including Government Relations, Education and Finance.

The incoming President-Elect is John Barbisan, Sutton Premier Realty, Surrey and the Vice President is Darin Germyn, Macdonald Realty, Surrey.

Also at the meeting, Stewart Henderson of Macdonald Realty (Langley) received the 2017 John Armeneau Professional of the Year award for his tremendous contributions to real estate in the Fraser Valley and province-wide.  The award is the highest honour the FVREB bestows, recognizing outstanding leadership and conduct professionally and within the community.


“Stewart is a tremendously respected professional in and outside of our organization, for good reason,” said outgoing President Charles Wiebe of Henderson’s recognition.

“Not only does he care immensely about the work he does and those he works with, he has contributed a great deal to our industry through volunteer efforts, keen leadership, mentoring, and progressiveness. He truly does represent the best qualities those in our profession can reflect.”

Henderson is the 32nd 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 Realtors.

The FVREB is a professional association of more than 3,280 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 2017/2018 FVREB Board of Directors is as follows:

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


  • Larry Anderson, Sutton Premier Realty, Surrey
  • Sandra Benz, RE/MAX Performance Realty, Delta
  • Karen Conyers, Sotheby’s Int’l Realty Canada, Surrey
  • Darcy Reddicopp, Landmark Realty Corp., Abbotsford
  • Brian Rock, Landmark Realty Mission Ltd., Mission
  • Chris Shields, Sutton Premier Realty, Surrey
  • Dharbinder Singh, Century 21 Coastal Realty Ltd., Surrey
  • Ray Werger, Royal LePage West Real Estate Services, Surrey

Fraser Valley’s new Board of Directors takes office on March 1, 2017.

Photo L-R:  Darin Germyn, Vice-President; Gopal Sahota, President; John Barbisan, President-Elect