The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) honoured REALTOR® Rosemary Barnes with the Professional Excellence Award on August 27.

The Professional Excellence Award honours people in real estate who’ve strengthened their profession by leading, mentoring, and giving back. The winner must meet strict requirements of professionalism, ethics and community involvement over the course of their career.

Barnes is a leader in the real estate profession. She’s an associate broker with Park Georgia Realty in Coquitlam and has served as chair or president of four real estate organisations during her 44-year career: the Real Estate Council of BC, BC Real Estate Association, REBGV, and Real Estate Errors & Omissions Insurance Corporation. 

Rosemary was the first woman to lead two of these organisations.

“At a time when there weren’t many women in leadership positions in real estate, Rosemary led the way for many of us,” said Colette Gerber, REBGV Chair. “She’s a trailblazer who’s made it a priority to mentor and encourage women to pursue leadership positions in our profession.”

Believing that education is fundamental to professional and ethical behaviour, Barnes has long served as a real estate instructor with the Real Estate Council of BC and an arbitrator at REBGV.

Throughout her career, Barnes has also volunteered with the REALTORS Care® Blanket Drive and has fundraised for a variety of other charitable causes.