Royal LePage Triland Realty sales representative, Stacey Evoy, has been elected President of the Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA), as of March 30, 2022.
Stacey has been part of the Royal LePage family since the start of her real estate career 19 years ago. Prior to serving on the OREA Board of Directors, she was elected President of the London and St. Thomas Association of REALTORS® in 2016.
Stacey is an award-winning professional, having received numerous awards and accolades throughout her career. Most recently, she received the 2021 Royal LePage Brand Ambassador award. She has also been awarded the Ontario Realtors Care Foundation Fellow Award, recognizing her charitable contributions, as well as the great volunteer work of Ontario Realtors. Stacey’s commitment to mentorship earned her the Bronze Unit Guider Award, an award close to her heart as she has the opportunity to mentor young girls to become the best version of themselves.
Read our interview with Stacey, where she discusses her goals and intentions as the new president of OREA.
What inspired you to become involved in organized real estate and the Association?
I am inspired to give back through organized real estate because I am passionate about the profession. I believe Realtors give back to their communities in a meaningful way, more so than other professions. I am so proud of the 92,000 men and women that I am humbled to represent this year as President of our Association. I am committed to strong ethical standards and believe in setting the bar high so Realtors are recognized for their professionalism in their industry.
I am most passionate about issues affecting women, children and youth homelessness, and giving back to charities that support them. I have served on committees of the Children’s Hospital and co-chaired the Pink Tea Party in support of breast cancer. I have also been a Sparks leader (Girl Guides) for the past twelve years, mentoring five and six-year-old girls.
What do you hope to accomplish in your role as President of OREA?
At OREA, we are laser-focused on helping our Member Boards and Realtor Members succeed in building stronger communities. With that in mind, our Board of Directors and staff are focused on five key strategic priorities.
Firstly, we will support the implementation of the Trust in Real Estate Services Act (TRESA). OREA lobbied to pass TRESA in 2020, and the regulations which are being written this year are key to making sure Ontario has some of the highest professional standards in North America. Specifically, I will continue to fight for steeper penalties on bad actors in our industry to maintain professional standards.
Second, we are moving to a new OREA office and are selling our current building. The process has been overseen by a Home Office Relocation Taskforce. We are excited to complete the move later this year.
Third, OREA will continue lobbying to make home ownership more affordable in Ontario. During the most recent Ontario election, almost all of OREA’s housing affordability policy ideas were endorsed by the PCs, Liberals, New Democrats and the Green party.
Fourth, we will formulate a concrete reserves plan to take us into the years ahead with the closing of the OREA Real Estate College. Our plan will focus more resources on products and services that OREA is best positioned to deliver and offer the most value to its members.
Finally, we will move the bar on leading a diversity, equity and inclusion framework into the future that best represents and includes our Realtor family. Specifically, OREA will be releasing our long-awaited report from our Presidential Advisory Group on Diversity Equity and Inclusion in Real Estate this fall.
What does your new role as President of OREA mean to you?
I consider it an honour and a privilege to do the job that I do. They say when you love your career it doesn’t feel like work at all. No two days are ever the same. The challenges we face are outweighed by the reward in helping people to buy a home for their families and the relationships we build can last a lifetime.