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 VICTORIA, BC – A recent fundraiser event, Raise the Roof for Shelter, saw an overwhelming amount of support for local women and raised a whopping $12,000. Domestic abuse cases in Canada remain shockingly high, and this event aims to not only raise funds for local non-profits that help women and children who are faced with this, but it strives to bring this issue to the forefront.


The local event is in its 5th year and was founded by Victoria real estate duo Tasha Medve and Saira Waters of the Modern Real Estate Team with Royal LePage Coast Capital Realty. This year’s event was at the Robert Bateman Centre and saw a turnout of more than 100 guests. The event supports four local non-profit organizations including Victoria Women’s Transition House, the Cridge Transition House for Women, Sooke Transition House, and Margaret Laurence House. These organizations support women and children, and provide services including emergency shelters, counselling, and advocacy. 


The charity behind this is Royal LePage’s national Shelter Foundation, which has raised more than $24 million since 1998. Tasha and Saira started their initiative, and are with Royal LePage, because of this cause. All money raised at Raise the Roof for Shelter is redirected back to the local charities mentioned in Greater Victoria.


“We so appreciate Tasha and Saira’s dedication to this cause.  And so do the hundreds of women and children who have been helped by these funds. We rely on community support to keep our vehicles on the road to get women to appointments and to look for housing, to help pay for women’s legal costs, storage and moving costs, and even

some of the basics like our grocery bills. We could not do what we do without this support to help so many women build violence free lives for themselves and their children,” says Marlene Goley, manager for the Cridge Transition House for Women.


While Canada is perceived to be one of the safest and most sought-after nations in the world, most would be shocked to learn that domestic abuse cases are rampant. The recent statistics are staggering. More than two-thirds of all women in Canada personally know someone who has been physically or sexually abused.  And, according to Statistics Canada, on average one Canadian woman is killed every six days by her intimate partner.


Tasha and Saira are familiar faces in the community, and they have an unrelenting passion to support local women. Over the past five years their events have brought in more than $28,000 to support vulnerable women and children in Victoria. Beyond this, they donate a portion of their commissions from home sales back to these same non-profits.  


“We all know a woman who has been affected by an abusive relationship. Domestic violence is so common yet no one really talks about it. We need events like this so we can support these women and their children who have no where else to turn,” says Saira.


“It takes so much courage for a woman to go through something like this and leave an abusive relationship or situation. We need to keep the momentum going with future events and provide the platform to bring this cause to the forefront,” says Tasha.


Their plan is to continue the event in 2018 and beyond to keep this awareness and financial support going.  To do this, continued community support is vital. Any individuals or companies interested in either contributing to or attending next year’s event are asked to contact either Tasha or Saira below. Their next step is to secure a venue.


Tasha Medve or Saira Waters | Direct line: 778-432-4611 | |

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The Modern Real Estate team proves the more we give, the more we get back.


No electricity, no cell access, and only two to three hours of darkness each night on a grueling 90-kilometre trek through Iceland’s wild landscapes—it’s not everyone’s idea of adventure, but Saira Waters is excited.


The reason behind her enthusiasm is admirable. Her goal is to raise $10,000 for four local women’s shelters: Victoria Women’s Transition House, Cridge Centre for the Family, Margaret Laurence House, and Sooke Transition House Society.


“A good physical challenge with a philanthropic edge to it appeals to me,” says Waters, who is a Royal LePage REALTOR® on the Modern Real Estate Team with her business partners Tasha Medve and Tom Croft.


REALTORS® from across Canada will participate in Royal LePage Shelter Foundation’s Iceland Charity Challenge next July. The funds raised go to shelters in the REALTORS’® areas. This is Foundation’s — and Waters’ — second challenge. In 2015, Royal LePage REALTORS® trekked to Machu Picchu and raised over $500,000 nationally.


“Machu Picchu was high elevation and really hard to breathe, but we weren’t going long distances,” says Waters. “Now we are going 90 kilometres, which is going to be really hard on the body.”


Waters is quick to deflect praise and says the credit goes to the Modern Real Estate Team. Since September, the team has hosted several fundraisers, including business-planning seminars for REALTORS®, a cooking class with Epicure’s CEO Amelia Warren, a business mixer called Raise the Roof for Shelter, and Oak Bay’s first annual Pumpkin Patch Party. All three REALTORS® also contribute a portion of their sales commissions.


“We believe everyone should have a safe place to come home to,” says Waters. “When we give women a place to escape domestic violence, we are strengthening our communities and helping to stop the circle of violence that can be passed on to children brought up in violent households.”


The Royal LePage Shelter Foundation was a key attraction for Waters and Medve when they joined Royal LePage in 2009 and 2013, respectively. They both wanted to work with a company that shared their values.


And it was the Foundation that brought Waters and Medve together professionally.


“We became partners in real estate because of it,” says Medve, explaining that they first teamed up in 2013 for a fundraising event. “We loved working together, and we both have the same values and goals. Ultimately, we care about the people, and we are in it for the long run.”


The more involved the team became in fundraising, the more their passion for it grew.


“Having a safe home is the big connection between real estate and what we raise money for,” says Waters. “It’s a heart-centred approach to business and supporting our community, and helping people is centred around having a home.”


Their philanthropic success is mirrored by their real estate success: the Modern Real Estate team is in the Royal LePage top five per cent.


“The more we give, the more we get back,” says Waters. “We just go out there and be good people, and then good things happen.”


Good things indeed: six months ahead of schedule, the Modern Real Estate team has raised $9,947.60 of the $10,000 goal, and they intend to keep fundraising until Waters lands in Iceland.


To help suppor, you can visit their online donaiton page by clicking here



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We are excited to announce we have secured a GOLD sponsor for our upcoming Raise the Roof for Shelter event on September 23, 2016. The money raised at this fundraiser will support local women's shelters and national violence prevention programs. The shelters we support are Victoria Women’s Transition House, The Cridge Centre for the Family, Margaret Laurence House and Sooke Transition House Society.


We want to send out a big thank you to the following companies for helping make this event possible!


CIBC Wood Gundy is our Gold sponsor!

The Mortgage Group is our silver sponsor for the event! We are so grateful for the professional services of Dustin Lamoureux, you can check out his website here:



Our generous event location sponsor and contributor to our silent auction is Swans!  We will be hosting the event in their Wild Saffron room with access off Wharf Street in Victoria.




Please join us on September 23nd and you'll see why this is becoming an increasingly popular event! It's only 2 hours and is jam packed with delicious appetizers, a cash bar, amazing silent auction, and a grand prize draw. We are also excited Brown's Florist is donating centerpieces for the tables and you'll be able to contribute $25 to take one home with you.

Did you know that Royal LePage is the only Canadian real estate company with its own charitable foundation! All the money raised through local agents go straight towards the cause and Royal LePage subsidizes the organization's overhead costs. The Modern Real Estate Team donates a portion of each commission earned towards the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation.

How else do we help? Team member Saira has hiked to Machu Picchu in Peru for the cause in 2015 through the company's Charity Challenge. She committed to raising $5000 to go. Part of the money raised came from the Raise the Roof for Shelter Event in October 2014. She also taught business planning by donation to REALTORS® in her company.  The next Royal LePage Charity Challenge is happening in Iceland in the summer of 2017. Saira and her finance Collin have committed to raise $10,000 over the next year and train to walk 90km over 6 days. It won't be easy! But every step on their journey will be one step closer to giving women and children a safe place to escape domestic violence.  Charity Challenge participants have to pay their own way there, so that means all the money raised goes towards the cause. We are hoping this Raise the Roof for Shelter fundraiser will be a great head start for their fundraising. 

So please join us at our 4th Annual Raise the Roof for Shelter Fundraiser. You can register for the event on our website here: Space is limited, so we need everyone who plans to attend to pre-register. We will be accepting donations at the door for entry. If you don't have cash at the door, no worries! We take credit cards and cheques made out to the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation. 


It's also important to know, if you give a straight donation to the cause (of at least $20), you are eligible for a tax receipt. The Royal LePage Shelter Foundation issues tax receipts in February of the following year. We unfortunately cannot give tax receipts for your donation to enter the event, or any silent auction item won. 


If you have any questions, you cal always contact us. 

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