From left to right: Harry DeLeeuw, Past President, Canadian Real Estate Association; Peter Squire, Director of Public Affairs, WinnipegREALTORS®; Carolyn Basha, Regional Campaign Manager (Manitoba and Saskatchewan), Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights;
Meghan McGill, Executive Secretary, Manitoba Real Estate Association; Sheldon Zamick, Past President, Canadian Real Estate Association; Kelly McArthur, Regional Campaign Manager (Manitoba and Saskatchewan), Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights; Brian M. Collie, CEO, Manitoba Real Estate Association
Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights is thrilled to announce that REALTORS® have achieved the $2 million goal of their fundraising campaign in support of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.
This commitment to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights is a remarkable indication of the generosity of the real estate industry. It represents gifts from individuals, brokerage firms, and real estate boards and associations from across Canada and beyond. This campaign is unique in that it doesn’t come from a single person or corporation, but rather through a grass roots approach to reach out to the over 100,000 national members of organized real estate coast to coast.
Two industry leaders and past presidents of the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) have been instrumental in this campaign:
Winnipegger Harry DeLeeuw says, “I am very proud to be associated with such generous REALTORS® and share in their support of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Over the years, our profession has supported hundreds of projects across Canada because we strongly believe in building better and stronger communities. This special project has rallied our efforts from coast to coast to raise money and awareness for such an incredible undertaking. REALTORS® from all parts of Canada understand that a campaign in support of human rights is ‘the right thing to do.’”
Tim Walsh, a REALTOR® from Alberta, says, “When I first heard about our campaign, I was with my colleagues at a conference in Banff. The idea alone motivated me to make a gift. I immediately understood the national significance that this project stood for and wanted to become part of it. What I never could have imagined then was how spectacular this museum would turn out to be. In a recent visit to Winnipeg, I had the opportunity to take a tour and I was absolutely speechless with this magnificent building. I feel so passionate about this project that I will continue to urge others to support the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. And, I look forward to the museum’s opening on September 20, 2014.”
“The goal of this museum is to bring together believers in human rights,” says Gail Asper, National Campaign Chair, Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, “which is why we’re so excited that REALTORS® came together from not only across Manitoba, but from all corners of Canada and beyond, to show their support for human rights education, dialogue and action. And, I can’t tell you how inspiring it was for our hardworking campaign team to watch with amazement and gratitude as the cheques flowed in from this remarkable campaign.”
Although REALTORS® have achieved their campaign goal, they continue to raise funds for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.