Cathy Braiden, a realtor with RE/MAX Mid-Island Realty, has earned a Care award from the Vancouver Island Real Estate Board.
Braiden has spent her entire nine-year career as a realtor with RE/MAX. While she has won other awards based on sales, this one is special because it’s based on what she does within her community.
“This is an award for my commitment and contributions to the community and to helping charities,” says the mother of six and grandmother of three.
For the past eight years, she has donated a portion of every commission to the Children’s Miracle Network, which helps sick children at BC Children’s Hospital.
She has supported cancer fundraisers in Port Alberni, donated to the Read and Feed breakfast program, assisted with the transition house and Bread of Life, made numerous contributions to the Mt. Arrowsmith Skating Club and serves as a safety person with her 12-year-old son’s hockey team.
She has also supported two women starting businesses in Third World countries through the worldwide Kiva program.
“Although her community service and family commitments keep Cathy busy, she is consistently a top performer in terms of sales, earning numerous awards over the years,” VIREB noted. “Most recently, she was a nominee and finalist for realtor of the year in 2012 through Top Investor Awards.”
Along with her award, Braiden has received $500 to donate to a charity. She has chosen Talitha Koum Society, which is a small recovery centre that assists mothers with drug problems and their babies.