June 19, 2020

Leadership Changes at the Foundation

Foundation thanks Cheryl De Paoli and welcomes Governor Christine Zwozdesky.

At the end of June, AREF will say farewell to Executive Director Cheryl De Paoli. Cheryl has held various roles at the Foundation since 2006 and served as Executive Director for the last nine years.

“We thank Cheryl for her years of service, steady leadership and many valuable contributions to the Foundation. We wish her the best of luck on her next professional adventure. Her dedication to the Real Estate industry and Alberta’s communities will be missed,” said Doug Leighton, Board Chair.

“Thank you for the opportunity to represent the Foundation,” said De Paoli. “I am honoured to have served in various roles and leaving now, on the eve of the organization’s 30th Anniversary, allows time for my successor to bring a fresh perspective to the Foundation’s next decade.”

And while we must say goodbye, this month we also welcomed Christine Zwozdesky to the Board of Governors for a three-year term. She brings a wealth of experience in the real estate industry and community and is looking forward to bringing her considerable knowledge in governance, strategic planning, and financial management to the board. Christine is one of the three Public Appointments sitting on the Board of Governors.

Christine was a licensed real estate professional for 18 years. She enjoyed a lengthy career in property management with regional and national companies until she started her own commercial real estate consulting firm in 2007. A former President of both the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) Edmonton chapter and Edmonton’s Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) chapter, Christine also sat on the Real Estate Council of Alberta for two terms, including serving as Chair of Council, and she was a Director with the Capital Region Housing Corporation for 9 years.

Christine is pleased to working with AREF in its efforts to support of the real estate industry and the community at large. “I believe the real estate industry was facing significant and material challenges even before the onset of our new pandemic realities,” she said. “As a result, investment by AREF in community projects is more important than ever. I am honoured to lend my education, experience, and enthusiasm to identifying the needs, analyzing the initiatives, and supporting progress to strengthen our industry and economy.” Read more about Christine here.

“Moving forward, the Board is excited to further engage with our stakeholders as we enter an exciting new chapter for the Foundation” said Leighton.

The Board of Governors has initiated a search for a new Executive Director. For more information, please contact Alberta Real Estate Foundation Chair Doug Leighton at dleighton@aref.ab.ca.

Thank you to Cheryl for her passion and dedication to the Foundation, our stakeholders and our province. We look forward to following her next steps, and are hopeful and excited for the next chapter of the Foundation.

The Alberta Real Estate Foundation (AREF) is pleased to announce that Christine Zwozdesky has joined our Board of Governors for a three-year term.

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