debbie-01I grew up on a cow-calf farming operation near Ashern, Manitoba. I was a 4-H member and participated in public speaking and demonstrations, as well as 4-H member exchanges from the Maritimes and various trips across Western Canada.

After high school, I took my degree in Agriculture at the University of Manitoba, where I majored in Animal Science.

The majority of my career was spent in the Provincial Assessment Branch. I held the positions of Assessment Officer in Souris and Portage la Prairie and was District Supervisor of the Dauphin office, where I was responsible for the delivery of assessments for 22 municipalities.

I was Sales Manager for the entire province, where I did quality assurance of the sales information used in province-wide reassessments. As well I assisted in the analysis of the reassessment for use by the Deputy Minister and upper management for evaluating the provincial-wide reassessment impacts.

I then started work as an appraiser with the Crown Lands and Property Agency, where I did work all over the province on a variety of assignments. As part of my duties with both the Assessment Branch and Crown Lands Property Agency, I appeared numerous times before Boards of Revision, Municipal Boards, and Land Value Appraisal Commission hearings.

I worked as a fee appraiser with Stevenson Advisors for 3 years, where I worked on a variety of assignments in Winnipeg and Rural Manitoba. My specialities are agricultural appraisals, including specialized farming operations such as feedlots, dairy farms, and riding stables, rural commercial properties, development land, reserve fund studies, expropriation, assessment appeals and litigation matters.

I also specialize in reserve fund studies and replacement cost appraisals and have completed many assignments for condominium corporations. I enjoy this aspect of appraisal practice as it is challenging in terms of projecting common element costs for a 30-year time horizon to comply with legislation and provides the opportunity to work closely with property managers and condominium corporation board members by providing scenarios for reserve fund studies in order to better inform their decisions.

I hold the Accredited Assessor of Manitoba and Accredited Appraiser of the Canadian Institute designations. I am currently a candidate member of the International Right of Way Association (IRWA), in the final stages of obtaining my SR/WA – Senior Right of Way Designation. I am IRWA Chapter President of the local Manitoba IRWA chapter.

I am also a candidate member working toward my Reserve Fund Planning Professional designation from the University of British Columbia. In addition to my appraisal education, I completed the Certificate of Real Property Assessment and Diploma of Urban Land Economics (Assessment Specialization) from the University of British Columbia.

I was the recipient of the 2012 BC Assessment Valuation Award, with the highest standing in Foundations of Appraisal and Statistical and Computer Applications in Valuation. This award is awarded every year to one student enroled in the Appraisal Institute of Canada education program at the University of British Columbia.

I believe in providing excellent quality work at a fair price. I have the experience, knowledge and contacts to fulfil a wide variety of appraisal & consulting needs for my clients.

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