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Dear members,


What a year! I had no idea we would accomplish this much when I first became President of KAR, and I’m so proud of what we have achieved together. Some of our 2021 highlights include:


  • Relocating the Board office

  • Starting this newsletter

  • Launching the ReallyTrusted app

  • Creating and releasing the 3-tiered New Member Orientation program

  • Launching the Buyer Path app

  • Handing out the very first KAR REALTOR® Awards

  • And, of course, getting the green light from our members for KAR to amalgamate with the Association of Interior REALTORS®


KAR REALTORS® posted over 6,300 listings in Xposure, and sold over 5,000 units. The KAR website saw over 4,600 unique visitors, and our membership was at its peak in October with 367 members. KAR staff sent over 39,300 emails (not including those from their own KAR accounts!), hosted over 450 Zoom meetings, dozens of committee meetings, 6 board meetings, 5 PDP courses, , 4 town halls, 3 broker meetings, an AGM, and an SGM.


And all of this happened while in the midst of a pandemic, wildfires and floods.


To say “thank you” doesn’t feel like enough, but I have no other words. This has been both a difficult and rewarding year, and I am very grateful to have had the pleasure of being KAR’s President for 2021.


On behalf of the directors and staff, we wish you and your loved ones a safe and happy Holiday Season!



Chuck Bennett, KAR President

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SentriKey® App: why it's important to learn how to use it now

SentriCards will be decommissioned in early 2022, which means it's a good time to start using the SentriKey app.

Visit the SentriKey® App Real Estate Training School to learn more.

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Thinking of taking some PDP courses over the Holidays? You're in luck - BCREA has a number of updated at-your-own-pace courses available on their online Education Hub.

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Check out this month's new members, those who left and those who moved.

WELCOME NEW MEMBERS: Irene Eaton (Royal LePage East Kootenay Realty) , Michelle Fenderlander (Royal LePage East Kootenay Realty) Tristin Chart (Fair Realty), Diana Klijne (Stonehaus Realty)


ON THE MOVE: Paul Glassford (MaxWell Realty Invermere), Kamela Davies (C21 Mountainview Realty)


From the

KAR Office


There have been some changes at the KAR office:

we moved, but not far! Our new location is at 

102-247 Baker Street. During the pandemic, access is by appointment only as staff members are mainly working from home. Call 250-352-5477 to set up your appointment.

Here is how to get a hold of KAR staff:

Main phone line: 250-352-5477

Fax (please note new number): 855-281-3609

Linda Hamelin

MLS®, SentriLock, Membership Services

Jodi Dergousoff

Education, Professional Standard, Subscribers, MLS® Services

Joelle Lavack 

Director of Continuity and Member Excellence

Trevor Koot

Executive Officer


Coming Up

December 24th: Office closes at noon (Pacific)

December 27&28: Office closed

December 29-31: Office hours 10AM - 2PM Pacific 

January 3th: Office closed