August 18, 2011
Agent Spotlight: Shae Invidiata
It is not often that you hear about a real estate agent who is dedicated to saving lives. It’s even less likely that you hear about one who is already so accomplished before the age of 30. So it is no surprise that Shae Invidiata was among those honoured as Chatelaine‘s Canada’s Women of the Year, 2011. A successful Sales Representative of The Invidiata Team at Re/Max Abouttowne Realty Inc., Brokerage (recognized as the #1 RE/MAX team in Canada for 7 years and #1 office world-wide in 2007), Shae is also devoted to [free-them], a nonprofit organization she started with the goal to end the present day horror of global human trafficking. Shae is also a “vocal supporter of Manitoba MP Joy Smith’s efforts to pass legislation that will protect victims of sex-trafficking in Canada”. Today, Shae Invidiata talks with Zoocasa and shares some insight on her extraordinary life thus far and how you too can help abolish modern slavery.
Your achievements, both personal and humanitarian, are truly inspirational. What drives or motivates the success of your goals in both respects?
I grew up in a home where giving back was part of everyday life. No matter how much we had, my parents always gave back. My father instilled in me from a young age that whatever I am doing in life, to do it because I am passionate about it – then you will have purpose in what you are doing. My father used to (and still does) say that he has never worked a day in his life because when you love what you do it’s not work. He attached that lesson with giving back – take every opportunity to make a difference around you. Now today, I have taken those principles which really have become apart of my DNA and I believe that we are blessed to be a blessing, and with that comes great responsibility.
I often say that my strength (to do anti-trafficking work) comes from the thought that if it was me on the other end, I would be praying that someone would come to my rescue and be speaking out on my behalf for my freedom. So, when you are face to face with a victim and you begin to see that person becoming a survivor AND you begin to realize that you played a part in that answer to their prayer, THAT is what drives you and motivates you to keep going!! I always say, when you have changed one person’s life you have changed the world, because you have changed their world.
When you are faced with a challenge, how do you perceive it? How do you conquer it?
Depending on the challenge, I may change my approach but overall when faced with a challenge, it’s time to stop and slow down. When challenges arise you need to be focused and clear on what direction you need to be headed and literally put away anything that distracts you. It becomes a time to tap into your inner strength and remember all the encouragement and support that has brought you this far!
What are the highlights of your career in real estate (what do you love most about it)?
Really the highlight for me in real estate has been working alongside of my father (Christopher Invidiata, the leading residential real estate professional for RE/MAX Canada). I left home when I was 18 to move to the States so I never really worked alongside him. Coming back to Ontario 7 years later and being “that much older” has given me a great opportunity to work and learn beside my father. My father is truly a man of honour and respect and I cherish that I have the privilege to be in his inner circle! The people you meet in real estate are what keep you in the industry – there is never a dull day. I can confidently say that our clients are some of Canada’s greatest people; from them I laugh with and also learn from!
Do you have any upcoming events in support of [free-them]? How best would someone contact the organization if they were interested in volunteering or donating?
We have our 2nd Annual Freedom Walk coming up in Toronto presented by platinum sponsors Oliver & Bonacini Events at the Toronto Board of Trade.
We are doing a 5KM walk Sept 18th, and we have many honorary attendees lined up. You can see their bios on our event site www.forfreedomsake.ca
Registration is free–sign up! Get your own donation page to raise funds (although that’s not required to walk).
Donations can be made on our event site or by cheque payable to “Courage to Cope” (our charity partner) with “free-them” in the memo.
Cheques mailed to:
83 Reynolds St.