• REIWA Past President enters centenary year at the same time as the Institute

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    REIWA’s 28th President Les Wearne, who was in office from 1965 to 1967 celebrated his 99th birthday on Monday 27 August 2018.

    Les has officially entered his 100th year – just like REIWA who has been celebrating its centenary this year!

    Les brought the voice of the emerging real estate agents to the Institute for the first time when he was drafted onto Council in 1958, to fill the vacancy left by the sudden death of another member.

    He was to serve on Council for 23 years, and after his two year term as REIWA President, he was elected Deputy President of the Real Estate Institute of Australia in 1978.

    Les launched initiatives which cemented REIWA’s commitment to improving training and education for agents as well as cleaning up the industry by continuously raising professionalism and ethical standards. He was also one of WA’s first ‘suburban’ agents during a time when most REIWA member offices were located in the CBD.

    Les has grown his legacy to the Institute by being a committed and dedicated member of REIWA’s Archiving Committee since it was re-convened in 2011 to research and prepare material for the centenary. 

    Pictured: Les Wearne with REIWA President Hayden Groves at REIWA's Past Presidents' centenary lunch.