ROYAL LEPAGE FOUNDATION
Day to day we help people make the right decision about real estate investments. For some of us, a dream home isn’t bricks and mortar, it’s a safe and peaceful environment. It is for those members of our society that we’ve chosen to donate a portion of every dollar earned to the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation, which is dedicated to ending violence against women and children.
The Royal LePage Shelter Foundation is the largest public foundation in Canada dedicated exclusively to ending violence against women and children. Royal LePage pays the costs of administration, so that all of the money and effort goes towards helping local shelters and supporting violence-prevention programs.
Specifically, we are now focusing our efforts and working through the Shelter Foundation to support Union Gospel Mission’s new Women and Families Centre. It is the only Women’s Shelter in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, Canada’s poorest neighborhood. We recently toured their facilities on East Cordova St. and we were moved by the stories of the people that they help. This new program exists to help women, many of whom are victims of domestic violence, get their lives back on track. In addition to providing shelter, counseling, and help with mental wellness, UGM also provides help with life skills, such as cooking, budgeting, exercise, and reaching a Grade 12 Equivalency education.
We match any donation made by our clients, dollar for dollar, up to $1,000 per transaction. 100% of the donation goes to the Women and Families Centre at UGM. Income tax receipts are available for any donation over $25.
Honored by the Shelter Foundation as BC Individual of the Year in 2009, he was recognized for his contribution in raising awareness and funds for the charity. Part of this was for setting the world record for the most ascents in one day of the Grouse Grind (in 2008, 2009, and 2010). Over two events he raised almost $20,000 for the shelter foundation. While he promised his family he wouldn’t attempt that record again, he has found other ways to contribute to the foundation – such as organizing realtors across the country climbing the Grind (just once) in 2011, which raised just under $30,000, and being part of a group that raised nearly $500,000 by trekking to Machu Picchu in 2015.
In 2007, Duncan was one of 3 nominees nationally for the Royal LePage Philanthropist of the Year. In 2008, he was honoured by the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation as BC Individual of the Year. This recognition was largely due to his continued support of local charities and connecting his clients to those charities. Duncan has supported the Shelter Foundation since 1999 and in 2007 he established his “Home For Everyone” initiative. His clients could choose from four local charities dedicated to providing Shelter for those in need and Duncan would match their donations up to $1,000 per transaction.