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Saira Waters: Trekking for Shelter

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.


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