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GVR applauds community commitment with Professional Excellence Award and Realtors Care Award

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It’s been a big month for industry awards from Greater Vancouver Realtors (GVR).


Ray Harris: ‘A fine example of what excellence in real estate looks like’


At an industry event earlier this month, GVR awarded Port Coquitlam realtor Ray Harris the Professional Excellence Award.

The award honours those in the industry whose careers have consistently exemplified integrity, knowledge, ethics, leadership, community service and mentorship.

Harris, of Generations Real Estate Partners, has mentored hundreds of colleagues throughout his 38-year career and has volunteered with the GVR, the BC Real Estate Association and the Canadian Real Estate Association. He also supports various community charities and initiatives.

“Ray Harris is a fine example of what excellence in real estate looks like,” says Diana Dickey, GVR chair. “A deep-seated commitment to mentoring the next generation of professionals, an innate desire to give back to his community and the drive to elevate our profession are the attributes that make Ray a deserving recipient of this award.” 


Juliana Vallee: ‘A role model, a mentor and an inspirational figure … a true community-minded leader’


GVR also recently honoured Burnaby realtor Juliana Vallee with 2024’s Realtors Care Award, which goes to realtors showing consistent commitment to charitable, fundraising or volunteer activities that strengthen communities and support those in need.

Vallee founded the Vancity Girls Club, an organization now with multiple chapters that provides mentorship, guidance and leadership to help girls in need overcome challenges and achieve their goals. Last year, she personally fundraised enough money for over 40 members of the club and its partner boys’ club to attend a leadership camp.

As a brain tumor survivor, she also donates a portion of each of her sales to the Brain Tumor Foundation of Canada. 

“Juliana created a space where at-risk young girls can access tools and resources to make positive choices in their lives,” says Dickey. “She’s a role model, a mentor and an inspirational figure to these girls, and she’s a true community-minded leader.”


Photo source: GVR


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