Shanan Spencer-Brown Named New Executive Director of Royal LePage Shelter Foundation

TORONTO, January 24, 2011 – Royal LePage is delighted to announce the appointment of Ms. Shanan Spencer-Brown to the position of executive director, Royal LePage Shelter Foundation, effective January 24, 2011.

As executive director, Ms. Spencer-Brown will lead Canada’s largest public foundation dedicated exclusively to supporting women’s shelters and ending violence against women and children.

“I am a passionate advocate for vulnerable families,” said Ms. Spencer-Brown. “I look forward to leading the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation in its mission to create safer homes and communities for women and children across our country.”

Trained as a social worker, Ms. Spencer-Brown brings a wealth of knowledge and a broad range of experience to the role. For more than 10 years, she held senior program development and fundraising positions in community organizations that provide prevention, education and treatment focused on children’s mental health, family violence and child development. “I am confident that Shanan Spencer-Brown will take the Shelter Foundation to new heights in the coming years and help an even greater number of women and children across our country,” said Phil Soper, president and chief executive, Royal LePage Real Estate Services.

Ms. Spencer-Brown’s most recent position was with the Kinark Foundation, where she served as executive director and was responsible for fund development strategy and implementation in support of children’s mental health initiatives.

Since 1999, the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation has donated more than $10 million to support women’s shelters, violence prevention and education programs across Canada. Its signature event is the National Garage Sale for Shelter which takes place this year on May 14 at Royal LePage offices across the country.

Royal LePage is the only Canadian real estate company with its own charity, empowering sales representatives to make a tangible difference on both local and national levels.

About the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation

The Royal LePage Shelter Foundation is Canada’s largest public foundation dedicated exclusively to supporting shelters and ending violence against women and children. Through agent commission contributions and the fundraising activities of the Royal LePage network, we have raised over $10 million to help provide a safe haven and new beginnings to more than 30,000 women and children each year. To break the cycle of violence, the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation also supports long-term violence prevention and education programs. All funds raised by Royal LePage offices remain in their local community and because Royal LePage pays the costs of administration, 100 per cent of all money and effort goes toward this important cause.

For more information on the National Garage Sale for Shelter, and the Royal LePage Shelter Foundation, please visit
www.royallepage.ca/shelter.

For further information, please contact:

Michael Gotzamanis
Fleishman-Hillard
416-598-5788
michael.gotzamanis@fleishman.ca

Shanan Spencer-Brown
Executive Director, Royal LePage Shelter Foundation
416-510-5750
shanansb@royallepage.ca