• Sutton Group Realty

Michele Montour Memorial Award For Excellence In Real Estate

London, ON – Congratulations to Diane Lajoie, a REALTOR® at Sutton Group - Select Realty Inc.*, who recently received the Michele Montour Memorial Award For Excellence In Real Estate. It was established by Broker of Record Bruce Sworik to honour the memory of an esteemed young colleague who touched many lives with her positive attitude and kindness. Michele lost her battle with cancer on July 9, 2000. Through this award, her exceptional qualities continue to inspire this team of real estate professionals. Bruce is pleased to name Diane Lajoie as the 16th annual recipient.

“A REALTOR® with Sutton-Select since 1994, Diane is a supportive mentor, a true team player who embodies integrity and professionalism in all her endeavours,” says Bruce. “She is a regular attendee at all our activities, including charitable outings and social events. As well, she believes strongly in networking with her fellow agents and her presence in the office as a resource and sounding board is highly valued.”

Diane had the opportunity to work with Michele and recalls: “She was a remarkable young woman with whom I was privileged to work and socialize. She did not have an easy path, but was unfailingly upbeat and positive.”

Diane was also encouraged by the examples of other colleagues. Beginning her real estate career 22 years ago, she felt like an “obvious newbie”. To her relief, the more senior associates made her feel welcome and always answered her questions.

“Remembering how out of my depth I felt in those early years and how helpful everyone was, it is now my turn to mentor. One of my favourite opportunities to do this is during our Monday morning caravans, when we tour new office listings together. This brings out many new and experienced agents who trade questions, answers and opinions.”

“Before entering real estate, my antique business involved me with many retired people. I continue to work with many elderly people who are downsizing homes or condos. They are a group often neglected or forgotten. I enjoy spending time driving them to appointments, helping with paperwork, getting groceries and sometimes just chatting.”

Sutton is a 100% Canadian-owned and operated company with more than 9,000 REALTORS® in over 200 offices nationwide. To find out more about Sutton, visit www.sutton.com. To learn more about Sutton Spirit, visit www.suttonspirit.com.


Sutton Group Realty Services Ltd. Contact:

Melissa Mungall



Sutton Group - Select Realty Inc.* Contact:

Diane Lajoie



*Independently owned and operated brokerage


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