Kassa collects top honour

A Vernon realtor is being recognized for 20 years of community service.

A Vernon realtor is being recognized for 20 years of community service.

Don Kassa, of Re/Max, has received the Realtors Care Award from the Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board.

“Don is a very worthy recipient of this award,” said George Cwiklewski, OMREB president.

“His diligent and ongoing support for several causes in the Vernon area exemplifies those realtors who have made long-term contributions to the communities in which they live.”

For more than 20 years, Kassa has been a volunteer first responder for the Silver Star Volunteer Fire Department and he has also worked with the Vernon Ski Racing Club, setting up and taking down courses for races at Silver Star.

Kassa has sponsored and supported the Buoyant Buddies breast cancer survivor dragon boat team for the past seven years.

He has been a volunteer caddy at the Wine Women and Woods Tee-Off for the Cure for eight years, with his efforts helping to raise more than $50,000 for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

The Vernon Paddling Club has also benefitted from Kassa’s efforts for 12 years.