Real estate luminary wins prestigious award

WINNIPEG, January 23, 2017 — During Manitoba’s REALTOR® Week this past fall, Harry DeLeeuw received the Brian M. Collie Award for Individual Achievement in Provincial Advocacy.

The honour is reserved for an individual who demonstrates ingenuity and initiative in advancing MREA’s advocacy programs and relationship-building with provincial political leaders.

The prestigious award was presented by Lorne Weiss, chair of the Manitoba Political Action Committee along with Gloria Collie, widow of Brian M. Collie, who served as the Manitoba Real Estate Association’s CEO for 25+ years until his passing in April of 2015.

“I have had the opportunity to work with Harry over the past 15 years in the area of advocacy and political action on behalf of our members. His energy and commitment set the standard. I can’t think of anyone who could be more deserving of this award,” said Lorne Weiss, chair of MREA’s Manitoba’s Political Action Committee.

DeLeeuw is founder and co-chair of Manitoba Tipi Mitawa, a groundbreaking First Nations home ownership program which brings stability and independence to Indigenous families. He also leads the Manitoba REALTOR® Network, comprised of 200+ REALTOR® advocates, and chairs Manitoba’s REALTOR® Week, a time to highlight the real estate profession’s community contributions and successes.

DeLeeuw has served as president of the Canadian Real Estate Association, MREA and the Winnipeg Real Estate Board (now WinnipegREALTORS®) and is a director-at-large on MREA’s board of directors.  He was a stalwart champion in the successful $2-million REALTOR® fundraising campaign to help build the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg and is the founder of the Citizens Hall of Fame in Winnipeg’s Assiniboine Park.

Last year, Real Estate Magazine featured DeLeeuw among 25 top leaders from across Canada who has demonstrated the most positive influence on the real estate profession in the last 25 years.

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