2017 REALTORS Care® Award
The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) honoured REALTOR® John Patricelli with the 2017 REALTORS Care® Award for his dedication to help at-risk youth.
The REALTORS Care® Award is presented annually to Realtors in Metro Vancouver who demonstrate a sustained commitment to charitable, fundraising, or volunteer activities that strengthen communities and support people most in need.
Patricelli works at Sutton Centre Realty in Burnaby. In 2016, he was part of a team that established the Camp Choice BC program which helps teach young people how to become leaders, achieve their goals, and live positive lives. Each year the program gives approximately 50 at-risk youth from communities across BC the opportunity to just be kids for a week at camp and to gain confidence and learn leadership skills in a supportive environment.
The program also ensures those who attend the camp continue to receive the support they need when they go back into their communities.
“After experiencing a challenging adolescence, John dedicated himself to improving the lives of teens facing challenges. He shares his experiences with at-risk teenagers to help them make positive decisions in their lives,” Phil Moore, REBGV president said. “He’s a dedicated Realtor and community builder.”
Patricelli also works with the Vancouver Police Department to speak regularly at local high schools and share his experiences about overcoming his challenging past.