About UsThe Project
The real estate industry in Alberta has played a vital role in shaping communities. Not only has it contributed to the province's economic development, the history of the transactions it facilitates also chronicle the social, political, demographic, and architectural heritage of cities, towns and rural communities across the province. Collectively and individually, real estate professionals have made and continue to make significant contributions to the fabric of the province, and these deserve to be made known.
The Alberta's Real Estate Heritage Website is a cultural memory and living traditions research project involving the Heritage Community Foundation, the Alberta Real Estate Foundation and the various REALTORS® Associations in the following communities:
- Fort McMurray
- Grande Prairie
- Medicine Hat
- Northeastern Alberta
- Red Deer
- West Central Alberta
The website is freely accessible to all Albertans, Canadians and users of the World Wide Web and is a dynamic part of www.albertasource.ca - the Alberta Online Encyclopedia - developed and maintained by the Heritage Community Foundation. The Encyclopedia was the intellectual legacy project for Alberta's centenary in 2005. In 2007, Albertasource.ca received over 1.5 million unique visitors and over 3.8 million website visits of up to 30 minutes duration. The Alberta's Real Estate Heritage website is the first in a series of websites that present Alberta industries and the professionals associated with them.Heritage Community Foundation
The Heritage Community Foundation is a charitable Trust (Charitable Number: 87082 2541 RR0001) committed to connecting people with heritage. As a new kind of community foundation, it is not bounded by geography but based on interest in the value of heritage for individuals, their communities and society.
The Foundation has received recognition for its state-of-the-art programs involving new technology and experiential learning. Working collaboratively with public and private-sector partners, the Foundation seeks support not only for its own flagship programs but also for those of partners and stakeholders at the local, regional, provincial and national levels.
The Foundation's goal is for heritage to be valued by everyone. Heritage is broadly defined in all its aspects-historical, natural, cultural, scientific and technological. The Foundation exists:
- To be a strong public voice for heritage
- To build individual and community identity and pride through research, public education and youth programs
- To build resources to sustain heritage institutions, organizations and related projects and activities.
The Heritage Community Foundation has the following primary areas of interest based on its charitable objects: Educational Resource Creation, Research, Digital Technology and Experiential Learning. All programs link people with place, stories, objects, landscapes, traditions-all of those aspects that define us as individuals and communities.Alberta Real Estate Foundation
The Alberta Real Estate Foundation was created in 1991. It is the result of industry leaders and the Provincial government officials coming together to establish the beginnings of a fund that focuses upon the achievement of real estate excellence in Alberta.
The early years of the Foundation focused upon funding initiatives related to education and training for professionals in the real estate industry. Over the years, the Foundation has evolved and expanded its focus to benefit the industry and people of Alberta. Currently, our four key areas for support are:
- Industry and Consumer Education
- Affordable Housing
- Land-use and Environment
- Research and Innovation