2023 John Armeneau Award Recipient: John Barbisan Exemplifies Professionalism, Service and Humility    

At the FVREB 2023 AGM, the John Armeneau Professional of the Year Award was presented, with uproarious applause and a standing ovation, to John Barbisan, with Sutton Premier Realty. John has been a member of the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board for nearly 40 years. A valued and respected member of the Board, he has maintained a reputation as a true professional, exemplifying selfless service, and advancing the mission of the Board and the industry.    

As the current Chair of the Director Development Committee and the Fraser Valley REALTORS® Charitable Foundation, which brings positive change, lasting impact, and hope for a brighter future for at-risk youth in the community, John is a true change maker and community advocate. He is known by his colleagues as genuine and ethical in all his dealings with others.

John’s service to the Board includes past roles – on multiple committees and in various capacities, spanning the length of his successful career as a REALTOR®, to name but a few: Finance Committee Chair, Arbitration Committee Chair, and Government Relations Vice Chair.      

Nominated by his peers, John is aptly described as a dedicated volunteer who selflessly gives of his time in service to the Board. As an FVREB Past President, he is well respected by his peers and is motivated by a sincere desire to advance member success and the goals of the Board. John’s actions speak loudly about what it means to give back to the community, and to serve. 

John is not politically motivated – he is altruistic, and he steps up to support the Board as an outstanding ambassador for the industry. He is quick to share his knowledge and experience to benefit others – a willing mentor who is always there to lend a hand. He exemplifies old school values of respect for others, integrity, professionalism, and hard work.

Close colleagues and friends will know that John is a dedicated family man – a husband, father, and grandfather, who enjoys playing the guitar and spending time at the family cabin. How he finds the time to serve and volunteer on countless committees is a true testament to John’s character and generous spirit.

The namesake of this award, Mr. John Armeneau was an active, contributing member of the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board from 1972 to 1996, so most members today would not have had the privilege of knowing him. Of course, a great many are familiar with his name. And those who knew John Armeneau also know just how fitting it is that we remember him – for who he was and what he stood for – every year when we bestow this highest honour on a deserving member.

Congratulations, John Barbisan!