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Charlie Ponde receives REALTOR® of the Year Award at gala dinner

Edmonton, March 8, 2016: The REALTORS® Association of Edmonton presented the highest honour of the industry, the REALTOR® of the Year Award, to REALTOR® Charlie Ponde at the REALTORS® Ball held Friday, March 4 at the Westin Hotel in Edmonton. Ponde is an Associate at Realty Executives North Star.

Ponde has been a REALTOR® since 1992. He was a member of the Association’s Board of Directors from 2004-2010, serving as the President of the REALTORS® Association of Edmonton in 2009. Ponde has also held seats on numerous committees including Arbitrations and Professional Standards, Government and Political Action, and Technology. He currently serves as a Director for the Alberta Real Estate Association (AREA), and as the Chair of the Alberta Real Estate Foundation.

Throughout his career, Ponde has been dedicated to not only his professional career, but also to being actively involved in the community. He held a seat on the REALTORS® Community Foundation for several years, serving as the Foundation’s President in 2000.

Charlie Ponde

REALTOR® of the Year winner, Charlie Ponde, accompanied by Steve Sedgwick, Chair (left) and Michael Thompson, President & CEO (right).

In addition, Life Memberships to the Association were also awarded to three active REALTORS® that evening for their commitment to the real estate industry.

  • Board Builder, Sheldon Johnston, A Member since 1988, he has served on the REALTORS® Association of Edmonton Board of Directors, the Real Estate Council of Alberta, and the Real Estate Insurance Exchange. Johnston is the Owner and Broker at Liv Real Estate in Edmonton.
  • Professional, Bill Tarrabain, A Member since 1990, he has sat on numerous committees and focus groups throughout western Canada. Tarrabain currently serves as the President of Realty Executives Western Canada.
  • Past President, Greg Steele, was presented with a Life Membership following his term as President of the Association in 2014. While serving his time as President, he served as Chair of the Audit Committee. Steele is an Associate with RE/MAX Excellence in Edmonton.

Other Awards presented:

  • Rookie of the Year: Brittany Collard, Realty Executives - Devonshire
  • Young Professional: Travis Hawryluk, RE/MAX Real Estate
  • Broker/Manager Leadership: Sheldon Johnston, Liv Real Estate
  • Volunteer of Distinction: Sid van der Meulen, Retired

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