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Realtor recognized for 30 years in the biz

Hans Jeschek, long-time Hope realtor, recognized by Real Estate Board

Well-known for his Christmas rum balls and avid volunteerism, Hans Jeschek may also be the longest-serving real estate agent in Hope.

A realtor at Royal LePage Wheeler Cheam Realty, Jeschek was recognized this month for 30 years as a member of the Chilliwack and District Real Estate Board (CADREB), a realtors’ association serving the region from Chilliwack to Lytton.

In fact, Jeschek has been in the industry so long he has one of the first emails ever created in Hope.

From his first office at 265 Commission St., where the eye doctor now stands, to the present day, he has seen a lot of change in the local real estate industry.

When Jeschek started as a realtor, it was uncommon to see anyone below middle age working in the industry. Most became realtors after serving in the army or other business ventures. Jeschek became a realtor at age 49, after running a drapery business, motel, restaurant and retail establishment since coming to Hope in 1975.

He said most of his work with clients has been fun and enjoyable, with some relationships lasting longer than others.

Jeschek remember one listing he held for 17 years.

“I had a listing at Ruby Creek, private property behind native land. Although there was never any problems with the natives, it was stigmatized. People did not want to buy when they had no legal access,” he said. In all his time as a realtor, Jeschek said he has never had any problems with properties behind Indigenous lands, partly owing to his own diverse background.

“I come from a country, Austria, where my first name is German, my second name is Czechoslovakian, which makes a good Viennese”

Eventually, the 150-acre plot sold to buyers from Edmonton. Unfortunately, the former owners of the plot didn’t live to see their land sold, they died in a railway accident at Ruby Creek.

Jeschek could not imagine a property sitting for that long in today’s “crazy” real estate market.

Residents might also remember when one of the draws of Brigade Days was the auctioning off of a car.

“Actually I sold the house of a lady that won a car and I handed her the keys,” he said, “Small town”.

Apart from his work selling homes and businesses, Hans has spent a lot of his time volunteering. Jeschek has won numerous awards for his volunteer work, including the United Nations Year of the Volunteer for Canada (2001), Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee (2003) and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee (2013). He carried the Olympic torch through Hope in 2010, and is still the only honorary member of the Hope an District Chamber of Commerce.

Editorial and Photo Credit : Emelie Peacock – Hope Standard

Honorary Life Time Member: Hans Jeschek

In January 2013, Hans Jeschek was awarded the Queens Diamond Jubilee Metal. Congratulations Hans! Hans was voted Hope and District Chamber of Commerce’s first lifetime honorary member in 2001. In his 25 years of volunteer leadership this community he held almost every position from Director through to President and worked on a wide variety of Committees and Task Forces.

He also contributed his energy to support fundraising efforts and community projects ranging from the Fantasy Auctions and car lotteries to building the Memorial Park playground, Sixth Avenue ballpark lighting, sucker Creek Salmon Enhancement Project and the street banners program. He lobbied for better highway access for Hope, participated in meetings on the future of the lumber mill in Boston Bar and attended countless District of Hope meetings on behalf of the Chamber.

He also became involved in the BC Chamber of Commerce as a District Director and served as an elected member for 10 years on the Leadership and Management Development Council of BC.

As the year 2001 was declared the International Year of Volunteers by the United Nations, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce launched the Chamber Volunteer Award to honour and recognize the efforts of community Chamber and Board of Trace volunteers. On August 8, 2001 Hans Jeschek of Hope, BC and Gary Follett of the St. John’s Board of Trade in Newfoundland were honoured with this award. Hans received his Award at a formal luncheon at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting on September 16, 2001. Unfortunately due to 9/11 air travel confusion Gary Follett was unable to attend.

In 2010 Hans felt honoured to cary the Olympic Torch in Hope.

The Hope and District Chamber of Commerce, as its first project, handled the “First Day Cover” of the Benjamin Franklin stamp in Hope. On June 1, 1976 the stamp that was identically in Canada and the U.S. was also issued in Hope, BC but only on a specially designed envelope. Adding to the special event was when the Special Envoy of the State of Washington (Ralph Munro) read a Proclamation of the Governor of Washington declared June 1, 1976 “Citizens of Hope Day” in the State of Washington. Hans served as Chairman of the Bicentennial Committee.