Realtor’s involvement recognized

Maureen Ruscheinsky, of Sutton Group Lakefront Realty, 2012 recipient of the Realtors Care Award for the North Okanagan

A Vernon realtor has been recognized for giving back to her community.

Maureen Ruscheinsky, of Sutton Group Lakefront Realty, is the 2012 recipient of the Realtors Care Award for the North Okanagan zone of the Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board.

“Maureen Ruscheinsky is a very worthy recipient of this award,” said Rob Shaw, OMREB president.

“Her 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, and to promote public awareness that realtors are committed to helping the communities in which they earn a living and care deeply enough to be actively involved.”

For many years, she has been an active member of Powerhouse Theatre, serving as a director-at-Large, head properties manager for the production team and stage actor.

In 2011, Ruscheinsky represented Powerhouse in the Dancing with the Vernon Stars fundraiser for the North Okanagan Hospice Society. She has also participated in the Re/Max Childrens’ Miracle Network bike-a-thon for three years, putting in numerous hours of training to complete the rigorous, multiple-day ride.

Sutton Spirit fundraising activities, hosted by her office to support various community organizations, have also benefitted from her volunteer efforts.  Over the years, she has also been active in bringing awareness to Turner syndrome, a condition in which a woman does not have a pair of two X chromosomes.

Among the nominees for the award were Shane McMorran and Joe Pearson, both from Re/Max.