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Qualicum Beach’s Nicklen one of three to win Realtors Care Award

Canadian realtors donated more than $53.8 million to charities in 2012-13

The Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB) bestowed Realtors Care Awards on three members — including one from Parksville Qualicum Beach — at its February 27 awards luncheon.

VIREB hosted the event in conjunction with its annual general meeting to recognize members who give back to their communities and work diligently to enhance the professional image of realtors. Aaron Nicklen of Coast Realty Group in Parksville Qualiucm Beach was one of this year’s award recipients.

The list of causes and charities to which Aaron Nicklen has devoted his time is a long one, according to a news release from VIREB. Whether riding a bike for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, donating his Hawaiian condominium to raise funds for community events, or anonymously co-funding community Christmas dinners for the needy, Nicklen consistently shows that realtors care. He has also served as past president of the Rotary Club of Parksville AM and been an active sponsor of the Victoria Symphony Orchestra.

Throughout the year, members of organized real estate work together to make a difference in their communities by volunteering time and raising funds for a diverse array of causes and charities close to their hearts, according to VIREB. Many of these initiatives fall under the Realtors Care umbrella. This guiding principle and brand celebrates the great philanthropic work done by Canadian realtors, real estate boards and associations and broker offices, said the release.

Canadian realtors donated more than $53.8 million to charities in 2012 and 2013.

VIREB represents nearly 940 realtor members in approximately 90 member offices on Vancouver Island (north of Victoria).

— NEWS Staff

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