REALTORS® Become Permanent Residents at CMHR

May 23, 2014 – WINNIPEG – When the Canadian Museum for Human Rights opens its doors to the nation in September 2014, REALTORS® will receive named recognition near the main entrance.

“The right to own property and live safely in our communities is at the heart of so many human rights conversations among us. The purpose of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights aligns with our profession’s philosophy that we are here to improve the quality of life for all people,” said Harry DeLeeuw, past president of the Canadian Real Estate Association.

The REALTOR® campaign’s $2-million fundraising goal is now met and DeLeeuw presented the final roundup of donations to Diane Boyle, Chief Executive Officer of Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Permanent signage identifying the contributions of REALTORS® will face Israel Asper Way, where visitors approach the main entrance of the national museum.

The goal was met thanks to contributions from real estate boards, provincial associations, private real estate companies, franchises and individual REALTOR® donors from across the country. The fundraising effort was led in Manitoba and was first launched by a WinnipegREALTORS® committee in 2008. It was later managed by the national chair of the REALTOR® campaign, Sheldon Zamick. Harry DeLeeuw and MREA CEO Brian M. Collie exerted a strong final push over the past year to reach the finish line.

The Friends of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights national campaign chair Gail Asper thanks REALTORS® for giving generously to the private sector capital campaign.

“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.”

The Manitoba Real Estate Association looks forward to hosting a special reception event at the CMHR in late October. At Appreciation & Appetizers, REALTORS® will engage in dialogue with Manitoba MLAs and deputy ministers. The reception will be part of MREA’s first Manitoba REALTOR® Network symposium, a premiere event bringing real estate professionals and elected officials together in a spirit of non-partisan partnership on issues of importance to all Manitobans.

To contribute to the REALTORS® campaign in support of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, visit


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