Pearson stays active

Joe Pearson, with Re/Max Vernon, has one year remaining with the Real Estate Council of B.C.

Vernon's Joe Pearson remains with the Real Estate Council of B.C.

Vernon's Joe Pearson remains with the Real Estate Council of B.C.

A North Okanagan realtor continues to play a role in the industry provincially.

The Real Estate Council of B.C. met recently and Joe Pearson, with Re/Max Vernon, has one year remaining in his term on the board.

Susan McGougan, of Nanaimo, has been elected chairperson of the council for 2014/2015, and Marylou Leslie, of Surrey, is the vice-chairperson.

There are 16 members of the real estate council, including three members appointed by the provincial government.

Thirteen members are chosen through an election process open to all real estate licensees in the province. The elected members are comprised of nine brokers and three representatives from each of the various provincial counties. One individual is elected as the strata/rental property management member.

Currently, the government appointed public members are Barbara Barry, of West Vancouver and John Nagy, of Delta.

The council is awaiting the announcement of a third government appointed member.

The Real Estate Council of B.C. is a regulatory agency established by the provincial government. Its mandate is to protect the public interest by enforcing the licensing and licensee conduct requirements of the Real Estate Services Act.

The council is responsible for licensing individuals and brokerages engaged in real estate sales, rental and strata property management.

The council also enforces entry qualifications, investigates complaints against licensees and imposes disciplinary sanctions under the act.