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Congratulations to Shannon McRae!




Karen and Simon were thrilled to present the $50,000 cheque to Shannon McRae and her daughter at the Royal LePage Parksville office on March 18th, 2021. Shannon, born and raised in Nanaimo, is a local school councillor who also volunteers for the Girls Guides of Canada and we can’t wait to see her achieve her dream of home ownership. Congratulations Shannon!

Dream Homes Vancouver Island Group and everyone at The Dream Home Project would like to thank all the entrants who sent in their story. We would also like to express our gratitude to the 5 wonderful judges who donated their time to determine our $50,000 recipient. The Dream Home Project is an initiative to make a difference in one person’s life and give something back to our community. There are so many deserving people looking to take their first step on the property ladder and rising prices and the lack of affordable housing, especially for first time home buyers, is daunting. When we started this journey we didn’t anticipate how emotional, and rewarding, it would be for everyone involved. Although our judges could only pick one recipient, we were touched by every story and wish each person and family the very best in their future endeavours. We hope all of you will find your home one day.

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Thank you very much for visiting The Dream Home Project. Application for the 2022 $50,000 giveaway are now closed.


The Dream Home Project is an initiative to make a difference and give something back to our local community.
There are so many deserving people looking to get onto the property ladder and rising prices are making it almost impossible for First Time Home Buyers. As Realtors we know that property is a wise long-term investment and we are privileged to guide our clients in that investment every day. To be able to help an individual or a family get their start would be a Dream Come True for us. We’re hoping that from this small beginning, something great will come.

Karen and Simon

Making Dreams Come True!



Personal Real Estate Corporation

Born and raised in the United Kingdom, Italy and South Africa I spent years of travelling the world only to find my forever home on spectacular Vancouver Island with my family. I am a fully licensed Real Estate Representative with Royal LePage Parksville-Qualicum Beach Realty. I understand how hard it is to purchase your first home and it is my hope that this initiative will help someone realize their Dream of Home ownership.
In the late 1800’s Herman Melville wrote: ‘Life’s a voyage that’s homeward bound’ … As true today as it was then.




I was born and raised here in BC. Since graduating from McGill University, I have lived in London, New York and Toronto. On purchasing my first home I was bitten by the property bug big time and I also realized just how difficult it is to get into the market as a newcomer, which is one of the reasons I decided to pursue a career and become a Licensed Realtor. If our initiative can help one individual or family purchase their first home, perhaps it will open up more opportunities for others. I hope we can all continue to explore and find creative ways to help First Time Buyers get the boost they both need and deserve.

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