One of the great gifts of our existence on this Earth is our ability to learn, and to keep learning new things throughout our lifetime. A couple of weeks ago, I was up at Mount Washington for the weekend with some friends, where I learned to snowboard. I spent years on skis, but after not having been on a mountain in about 8 years, I decided to give ‘boarding a try. After many bruises, I finally got the hang of it and was having a great time. I love learning new things, and there are so many places to learn: how-to books, cooking shows, the Internet. Sometimes I catch myself being lost in Wikipedia like this.
As a REALTOR®, I am required to maintain and upgrade my skills and knowledge in an ever-changing profession. In order to maintain my license, I must obtain at least 18 credits from recognized courses and seminars, as well as attend yearly legal update programs. This is completely necessary, as the law surrounding real estate is always changing, and there are new tools and techniques related to my profession that come about all the time. Mandating education only makes a profession stronger and better able to serve the public at large.
Soon, I’ll be graduating from UBC’s Sauder School Of Business with a Diploma in Urban Land Economics. I’ve been taking courses through distance education for the last year and a half towards it. I’ve been enjoying the challenging work, which has enabled me to learn more about the profession I am so proud to be a part of. Eventually, I’d like to complete a full business degree in real estate, all of which is possible through UBC’s fabulous distance education programs.
I’ll never stop learning, there’s too much stuff out there to know.
And the more I know, the better I’ll do when I finally appear on Jeopardy!
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British Columbia Mourns The Loss Of A Business Pioneer
Dr. William Sauder died today. Real estate practitioners will recognize the name from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia. It is through this institution that we all earn our licenses and others continue their education through the Urban Land Economics courses offered via distance education. Premier Gordon Campbell had this to say of Dr. Sauder’s passing:
“Today British Columbians mourn the loss of Bill Sauder, a leader in the forest industry, in education and health. As chairman and CEO of International Forest Products Ltd. for over 25 years, he oversaw the company’s development and growth into one of Canada’s most successful operations. Bill combined his success in business with a personal commitment to outstanding community service that has benefited people and institutions throughout the province.
“Bill’s contributions to education and health research at UBC are almost immeasurable. He served the university in several capacities, including two terms as chancellor. Thanks to his and his family’s generosity, UBC has two Chairs and two Professorships in infectious and viral disease research, cardiology and stroke research. In 2003, a $20-million endowment from Bill and his wife Marjorie-Anne helped the university create significant new educational opportunities at its business school, since renamed the Sauder School of Business. At that time, it was the largest single private donation ever made to name a Canadian business school.
“Among his other contributions, Bill served as a director of the Toronto Dominion Bank, the British Columbia Development Corporation, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of B.C. and the Yukon, and on the executive committee of the board of directors of BC Hydro. He was also a director of the World Presidents’ Organization.
“Just last week, Junior Achievement British Columbia acknowledged Bill for his outstanding business contributions and for the legacy he has created for enterprising youth by naming him to their Business Laureates of B.C. Hall of Fame. In 2004, Bill was a recipient of the Order of British Columbia and, in 2005, he was awarded the Order of Canada for his services and contributions.
“Bill Sauder was an exemplary citizen. He was one of the builders of modern British Columbia in business, in education and in community life. We are all fortunate he called B.C. home. Our thoughts, prayers and thanks go out to his family who selflessly shared his time, energy and love of his province with us all.”
From the real estate community, I express our condolences to Dr. Sauder’s family in their time of grieving