Food drive organizer earns top honour

Dawn Taylor is being recognized by the Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board through its Realtors Care Award.

Dawn Taylor has received the Realtors Care Award from the Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board.

Dawn Taylor has received the Realtors Care Award from the Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board.

More than 32,000 pounds of food were collected during the 38th annual Realtors Food Drive in early December.

As a result, organizer, Dawn Taylor is being recognized by the Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board through its Realtors Care Award.

“I love what I do, but I don’t do it for the awards,” said Taylor, with Re/Max.

Each year, the award is given to an OMREB member who has contributed to their community through volunteer work, financial support or through the sharing of expertise.

Between 300 and 400 volunteers took part in this year’s food drive, but Taylor puts in a lot of work behind the scenes.

“That work includes organizing all the routes, arranging all the bag pickups, making sure that everyone has the correct information for the paperwork to be printed off and put into the bags, and tallying what the total tonnage of food is at the end,” said Elspeth Manning, with Sutton Group Lakefront Realty and a member of the Realtors Care nomination committee.

“She also makes sure that it’s publicized locally, both pre and post, and works to get the publicity to drum up participation.”

Nominations for the Realtors Care Award are submitted by members of the public and from OMREB members through an online call for submissions.

A nomination committee then examines the nominations, looking at what the nominees have done and the impact on the committee.