Back in the 1970s, when I remaining a position at the Mississauga Instances to get the job done for the Toronto Serious Estate Board, I was tasked with creating a farewell column to readers. A veteran reporter at our competitors experienced just penned a comparable column, in which he thanked dozens of notable neighborhood and national politicians and celebs. But I had only been performing at the Instances for 4 months and did not have an remarkable listing of contacts to thank.
So I wrote that I couldn’t thank everyone I worked with at the Moments, not simply because I did not have the space but due to the fact I hadn’t still figured out all their names. To make pleasurable of the other columnist’s identify-dropping, I thanked Mick Jagger and Margaret Trudeau, since “as significantly as I know, they have hardly ever reported a lousy detail about me.”
Very well, now it is time to say goodbye to REM’s visitors and the shoe is on the other foot. The record of men and women I’d like to thank is as well extensive to include all people who aided me condition the editorial articles of REM for the past 33 years. But right here are some who built a important influence.
It commences with the dozens of freelance journalists REM employed in excess of the decades. Susan Doran experienced a story in the pretty very first situation of REM and has penned hundreds of posts for us because then, hardly ever lacking a month. Kathy Bevan was REM’s ace reporter for many years, chasing down tales even when the subjects did not want to be interviewed. A person 12 months during the Western Relationship meeting, she cornered a authentic estate board EO in an elevator when he attempted to escape her concerns.
Several thanks also to Toby Welch, writer of extra than 100 REM functions, and other long-time freelancers Diane Slawych, Mario Toneguzzi, Danny Kucharsky, Yvonne Dick, Don Procter, Sohini Bhattacharya, Dennis McCloskey, Connie Adair, Steve Maxwell, Myles Shane, Tony Palermo and the late Lloyd Manning.
REM would not have received the credibility it has in the real estate marketplace with out the contributions of numerous present and former Realtors, who crammed our internet pages with assistance and observations, and didn’t shy absent from controversy.
Marty Douglas wrote far more than 250 columns, at first called Western Views and then Metes & Bounds.
Barry Lebow, who helped REM rating a contract to deliver a journal for a house loan broker’s affiliation, wrote dozens of columns and extra not too long ago began developing video clips that he shared with REM visitors.
Dan St. Yves, a former authentic estate agent in Kelowna, has been producing a month to month humour column for REM given that 2000, under no circumstances missing a thirty day period.
Carolyne has provided as lots of Recipes for Realtors columns as we could use. She is also the most prolific commenter on all REM stories, featuring her get on the industry’s most current information. (And thanks also to our other most recurrent commenters, Brian Martindale and PED.)
I also owe a debt of gratitude to Ross Wilson, Debbie Hanlon, Stan Albert, Ted Greenhough, Mark Brodsky, Chris Seepe, Aiman Attar, Peggy Blair, Aaron at TRES Labs and the late Albert Teichner. They all delivered a wealth of information and facts for Realtors – simply click on the Columnists and Suggestions for Brokers tabs on this web site and test out their tales, and all those of quite a few other guest columnists.
The most-read stories on REM ended up persistently people working with lawful issues, and we were blessed with numerous outstanding lawful writers. They consist of Natalka Falcomer, Don Lapowich, Mark Weisleder, Martin Rumack, Bob Aaron, Shaneka Shaw Taylor, James Cook dinner and one of REM’s largest supporters, Avi Rosen. Numerous thanks to you all.
Our print journal had a resident photographer – Marko Shark, who then turned the endeavor around to his son Elijah. Thanks for all the fantastic pictures men. And thanks to Craig Hodge and Darla Furlani, who offered REM protect photographs from the West Coast.
Many thanks to these who offered REM with their video information: David Greenspan, Richard Robbins, Toni Sing and Jenny Wun, Shawn Bell, Nicole Attias and lots of others.
To every person who despatched me a tale about a new business office use or charitable endeavour in their community, thank you. Many thanks to all the boards and associations who despatched us editorial contributions and distributed the print version of REM to their members. Thanks to the workers at CREA, who supported us in the course of the several years, even even though they often did not treatment for what we wrote and have been irritated that we refused to set Real estate agent in cash letters.
And last but not least (of course, I know the audio is actively playing and they want me to wind this up), a word about the people today at REM. Art director Liz Mackin experienced terrific patience in placing alongside one another most of the print challenges over the years. Many thanks also to graphic designers Shawn Kelly, Yee Truong and Eilidh Harding.
It was terrific working with “Uncle Barry” Holmes, and later gross sales director Dennis Rock. When Dennis retired, his daughter Amanda came on board and promptly grew to become the most well-known REM staffer at trade displays.
Many thanks also to tough-functioning output and distribution supervisor Mila Purcell (who got me hooked on Brother Jack McDuff) and output co-ordinator Judy Cupsky.
I wrote about Heino Molls and the start of REM when he retired. We shed Heino in 2019 and I’ve imagined about him each and every working day considering that.
William Molls took above as REM’s publisher and CEO and has manufactured a valiant work to continue to keep it likely for the duration of the pandemic, never straying from our philosophy of furnishing top quality editorial information and not providing out, when it would have been straightforward to do so. Thanks for all your guidance, Will. Your dad would be very pleased.
All right, which is sufficient, apart from for a individual plug: while I will be “mostly retired”, I’ll go on creating about Canadian real estate in my column at Realty Moments. And I search ahead to seeing what a new team will do with REM.