Both kidney recipient Geoff Dunsire and donor Debi Pearce are doing well a little more than a year after the transplant. (Special to The News)

VIDEO: Maple Ridge realtor lauded for life-saving kindness

Debi Pearce was recognized by the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver

Donating an organ has recently earned a Maple Ridge realtor unexpected accolades.

A little more than a year ago now, Debi Pearce donated a kidney to a client’s adult son.

She didn’t do it looking for recognition, but that’s what she received from the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver last week, when she was given the Realtors Care Award.

The award honours realtors in Metro Vancouver who demonstrate a sustained commitment to charitable, fundraising, or volunteer activities that strengthen communities and support people in need.

Pearce, a realtor with Royal LePage Brookside Realty in Maple Ridge, responded to a public plea from a past client – a Maple Ridge couple – who needed a kidney donor for their son.

She met the Dunsire family when she listed their home in 2018. At the time, their son, Geoff’s, health had been compromised for many years. He was on a rigorous kidney dialysis schedule. The nature of his condition meant he needed a transplant and his family wasn’t a match, said Colette Gerber, REBGV chair.

READ MORE: Maple Ridge man’s kidney donation a success

“Debi’s donation helped save a person’s life. There aren’t many more words needed to describe the impact of her actions,” Gerber added.

“Debi is a community-builder who embodies the charitable spirit within the real estate profession.”

Pearce was in the news again more recently, in her efforts – along side Geoff – in a COVID-friendly undertaking to promote transplant donations.

RELATED: Maple Ridge rock garden symbolizes transplant patient’s gratitude

To qualify to be a donor, Pearce underwent a personal transformation. She committed herself to physical fitness until her doctor approved her for the procedure in 2019.

Today, both Geoff and Pearce are healthy.

Six weeks after the operation, Geoff was dancing at a family wedding, something that seemed impossible a few months earlier.

Pearce was previously honoured by Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows’ joint municipal advisory committee on accessibility and inclusiveness as a Community Champion for her kidney donation.

RELATED: Kidney donor honoured by city committee

Earlier this year, a national real estate award went to another long-time Maple Ridge realtor, Ron Antalek.

RELATED – VIDEO: National accolades befall Maple Ridge realtor



• If there is more to this issue, please let us know about it. Email us at We look forward to hearing from you. In the meantime, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

Awardsmaple ridgeReal estate

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here


Maple Ridge realtor Debi Pearce was recognized by the regional real estate board for her kindness in donating a kidney to a past client’s son. (Special to The News)

Just Posted

Flames will start new season based in Abbotsford

Junior B team could not find ice in Maple Ridge or Pitt Meadows

NETWORKING: Cultural competency is crtical in Maple Ridge, too

VIDEO: In response to Black Lives Matter, the CN Network conducted a number of local interview

LETTER: Glad to say goodbye to CERB for local drug users

Reader feels COVID subsidy contributed to more overdose deaths among Maple Ridge homeless

SHARE: Recent wildfire smoke didn’t seem to stop local fowl

Send us your photo showing how you view Maple Ridge or Pitt Meadows, and it could be featured soon

IN THE PAGES: Libraries offer online educational alternatives for kids

Maple Ridge librarian Sarah Jost suggests a few websites parents might want to check out this fall

Weekend sees 267 cases, 3 deaths in B.C.; Dr. Henry says events leading to COVID spread

There are currently 1,302 active cases in B.C., while 3,372 people are under public health monitoring

B.C. VOTES 2020: Echoes of HST in B.C. debate over sales tax

Cannabis, tobacco, luxury cars still taxed in B.C. Liberal plan

TransLink CEO asks riders not to enforce mask rules after Surrey bus punch-up

A fight broke out on a bus at 96 Avenue and Scott Road involving a man who refused to wear a mask

She warned her son about toxic drugs, then he was dead

Donna Bridgman’s son died at the age of 38 in Vancouver

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

B.C. food and beverage producers set record sales in 2019

Farmed salmon again leads international exports

Most Read