OUR HISTORY

The Vancouver Island Real Estate Board got its start in 1951 as part of a growing effort to professionalize the real estate industry. That year, three Nanaimo real estate salesmen came together and formed the Nanaimo Real Estate Board. Although these salesmen were competitors in the industry, they recognized a growing need for industry education and standardized sales practices. They wanted to professionalize the industry and ensure public confidence.

More than sixty years later, VIREB is an active part of organized real estate in Canada, committed to improving real estate standards and encouraging positive home ownership policies for all Canadians.

1951

  • Three Nanaimo salesmen come together to form the Nanaimo Real Estate Board (NREB).
  • NREB joins the Canadian Association of Real Estate Boards (CAREB), later changed to the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA).

1954

  • The board moves to adopt the Victoria Real Estate Board’s Code of Ethics.

1956

  • NREB changes its name to the Nanaimo County Real Estate Board (NCREB), demonstrating its consideration of communitiies outside the City of Nanaimo.

1959

  • NCREB holds its first education event, a two-day seminar at the Island Hall in Parksville, with a focus on advertising.
  • Membership expands to include the North Island. NCREB votes to change its name to the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board (VIREB).

1960

  • VIREB votes to allow Sunday showings between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

1966

  • VIREB starts its Multiple Listing Service® and is formerly registered as a Society.

1968

  • VIREB forms a Salesmen’s Division.

1972

  • VIREB launches its videotape education program and travelling seminars.

1974

  • VIREB opens its new office on Metral Drive.

1975

  • VIREB sets up its first IBM computer system.

1976

  • VIREB awards its first REALTOR® of the Year Award.

1979

  • Dorothy (Smith) Whittome is acclaimed VIREB’s first female president.

1980

  • VIREB begins allocating funds towards community projects in each zone. The Nanaimo Zone decides to purchase the Maquinna Mask.

1983

  • VIREB initiates the Realty Watch Program and shares the idea with other boards. This is the start of RealtyWatch in BC.
  • The board approves a building extension to accommodate new computer technology, including Xerox copiers for in-house printing.

1986

  • VIREB votes to adopt CREA’s Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics in order to create a nationally recognized standard of protocol.

1991

  • VIREB celebrates its 40th anniversary. The zones host All-Candidates Meetings as part of the provincial election process.

1995

  • VIREB launches its first website and partners with an ISP to market listings online.

2003

  • VIREB provides input into the new provincial Real Estate Act.

2004

  • VIREB creates its first Commercial Division to address the unique needs of commercial real estate.

2005

  • Real Estate Council of British Columbia (now the BC Financial Services Authority) imposes mandatory continuing education for licensed representatives.

2007

  • VIREB launches the REALTOR® Care Award to showcase philanthropic good works and community service done by REALTORS® across Vancouver Island.

2008

  • VIREB establishes an endowment fund at Malaspina University College, renamed Vancouver Island University (VIU), later that year.

2011

  • VIREB celebrates its 60th anniversary.

PAST PRESIDENTS

HONORARY MEMBERS

SALESMEN DIVISION CHAIRS

1951 Jack Evans*
1952 Jack Evans*
1953 Ernie Butcher*
1954 Frank Ney*
1955 Hugh Wilson*
1956 Mladin Zorkin*
1957 Charles Lenhart*
1958 Ken Guest*
1959-60 Ron C. Dickie*
1960-61 Richard N. Carey*
1961-62 Ken Guest*
1962-63 Jack Evans*
1963-64 Ed Hess*
1964-65 Frank Ney*
1965-66 R.F. (Pat) Moore*
1966-67 Allan Armstrong*
1967-68 Lloyd G. Wood*

1968-70 Jack A. Ellis*
1970-71 Reg N.L. Eaton*
1971-73 Tom Johnstone
1973 Vic Price*
1974 Lorne Miller*
1975 Deane D. Finlayson*
1976 Denis E. O’Leary
1977 Allan F. Parker*
1978 David L. Paterson*
1979 Dorothy (Smith) Whittome
1980 Chuck Perry
1981 Martyn Douglas
1982 Marion Podritske
1983-84 Barry Clark
1985 Tony Pearson
1986 Diane (Fullmer) Siebolts
1987 Bruce Berry*

1988 Barry Watchorn
1989 Joan Leach
1990 Margaret Leck
1991 Roger McKinnon
1992 Derrick Pereira*
1993 Margaret Leck
1994 Mark Anderson
1995 L.R. (Bob) Koester
1996 Wayne Hoffart
1997 Frank Phillips*
1998 John Finlayson
1999 David Ney
2000 Norm Cauchie*
2001 John Tillie
2002 Susan McGougan
2003 Tom McNee*
2004 Gabrielle Osborne

2005 Jim Hoffman
2006 Darrell Paysen
2007 Jennifer Lynch
2008 Subhadra Ghose
2009 Ray Francis
2010 Cliff Moberg
2011 Jim Stewart
2012 Guy Bezeau
2013 Gary Gray
2014 Blair Herbert
2015 Jason Finlayson
2016 Margo Hoffman
2017 Janice Stromar
2018 Don McClintock
2019 Kaye Broens
2020 Kevin Reid
2021 Ian Mackay
* In memoriam

1951 Jack Evans*
1952 Jack Evans*
1953 Ernie Butcher*
1954 Frank Ney*
1955 Hugh Wilson*
1956 Mladin Zorkin*
1957 Charles Lenhart*
1958 Ken Guest*
1959-60 Ron C. Dickie*
1960-61 Richard N. Carey*
1961-62 Ken Guest*
1962-63 Jack Evans*
1963-64 Ed Hess*
1964-65 Frank Ney*
1965-66 R.F. (Pat) Moore*
1966-67 Allan Armstrong*
1967-68 Lloyd G. Wood*
1968-70 Jack A. Ellis*
1970-71 Reg N.L. Eaton*
1971-73 Tom Johnstone
1973 Vic Price*
1974 Lorne Miller*
1975 Deane D. Finlayson*
1976 Denis E. O’Leary
1977 Allan F. Parker*
1978 David L. Paterson*
1979 Dorothy (Smith) Whittome
1980 Chuck Perry
1981 Martyn Douglas
1982 Marion Podritske
1983-84 Barry Clark
1985 Tony Pearson
1986 Diane (Fullmer) Siebolts
1987 Bruce Berry*
1988 Barry Watchorn

1989 Joan Leach
1990 Margaret Leck
1991 Roger McKinnon
1992 Derrick Pereira*
1993 Margaret Leck
1994 Mark Anderson
1995 L.R. (Bob) Koester
1996 Wayne Hoffart
1997 Frank Phillips*
1998 John Finlayson
1999 David Ney
2000 Norm Cauchie*
2001 John Tillie
2002 Susan McGougan
2003 Tom McNee*
2004 Gabrielle Osborne
2005 Jim Hoffman
2006 Darrell Paysen
2007 Jennifer Lynch
2008 Subhadra Ghose
2009 Ray Francis
2010 Cliff Moberg
2011 Jim Stewart
2012 Guy Bezeau
2013 Gary Gray
2014 Blair Herbert
2015 Jason Finlayson
2016 Margo Hoffman
2017 Janice Stromar
2018 Don McClintock
2019 Kaye Broens
2020 Kevin Reid
2021 Ian Mackay
* In memoriam

Herbert E. Fullerton*
Dermot Murphy*
Stan Hamilton
R.F. (Pat) Moore*
Bob Clarke
Ralph Walker*
Marty Douglas
Barry Clark
Subhadra Ghose
Jennifer Lynch
Jim Stewart

1969 Ewart Mabee*
1970-71 Ralph Walker*
1972-73 Gordon K. Blackhall*
1974 Jim Robertson
* In memoriam