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April 18, 2013

VIA Facsimile – 780 415 8738

The Honourable Mr. Frank Oberle,
Associate Minister of Human services
402 Legislature Office,

Attention: Debra

We request a meeting with the Minister concerning the following matter.

Reference: [the client] We shall refer to her as the client.

Public Trustee Representative, Wendy Babichuk, Office of the Public Trustee, Edmonton, AB. Wendy Babichuk is [the client’s] Public Trustee Representative. We shall refer to her as Trust Officer.

government of Alberta

History:

Trust Officer has determined to sell client’s home at [removed] and informed client of same.

Client is in great anguish at the prospect of being evicted from her domicile. She has told us that she does not wish to leave her home, her neighborhood, her friends. Trustee Officer has been strongly insisting that client immediately sign a lease.

The TD Bank has been most helpful and has even contacted Trustee Officer in regard to the following.

A line of credit against the home of $ 219,580.72 can be amortized over 25 years which would require a payment of $1026.83 monthly. The proposed town house, which would be suitable for two persons which client has viewed and at the urging of trust officer has put a deposit, on would require payment of $1774. monthly – close to $9,000 more per year.

There are many advantages other than financial, for the client to remain in her home and be supported to stay in her home.

Her home is much more spacious than the town house, allowing a family member to live with her. She also has pets to which she is deeply attached. They provide therapy for her.

Client lives in a community where neighbors know each other, shovel the sidewalk for her, leaving only the driveway for her. She visits with neighbors. She alleges that they look out for her.

We often visit individuals who have had their homes sold out from under them, living in public housing. They are like lost souls grieving the loss of their roots.

Public Advocates have a duty of care to act in the best interests of the client.

We wish to meet with the Minister’s Office in regard to this issue.

We wish to again exercise a complaint against Trust Officer, which we have reported to the Minister’s Office this morning shortly after 10:AM. Part of the bullying conversation reported to us was as follows: “Make sure you pay your bills or you’ll be out on the street”

Trust Officer threatened her and told her that she would be put under the guardian’s office and “They’ll tell you where to live.”

Thank you.

Yours truly,

Elder Advocates of Alberta Society

 

 

July 5, 2013

Mr. Les Hills,
Acting Public Trustee of Alberta
Office of the Public Trustee
4th Floor, Brownlee Bldg.
10365 97 Street, Edmonton, AB. T5J 3Z8

Dear Mr. Hills:
ABHuman-Services
Sale of my home in Sherwood Park

I have been informed by Trustee Wendy Babichuk that you have been strongly directing her to sell my house. To date she has not provided any written letter or paper work. However, she phones me frequently about this, is extremely rude insisting that my house be sold.

The Realtor has not provided me with any paper work.

There is more than enough money in my bank account that this house does not need to be sold. I have also been assured by the TD Bank that it is financially manageable for me to remain in my home.

I do not want to sell my house. If you sell my house, I shall be homeless. You are not acting in my best interests.

Thank you.

Yours truly,

M.

Sherwood Park, AB

c.c.
The Honourable Mr.Dave Hancock , Minister of Human Services
Ms. Cathy Oleson MLA
M. Semeniuk
Elder Advocates Of Alberta Society

 

September 7, 2013

Via Facsimile – 403 228 3065

Letter to follow

Mr. Bob Myroniuk, RECA Executive Director,
Real Estate Council of Alberta
Suite # 350, 4954 Richard Road SW
Calgary, AB. T3E 6L1

Complaint against James Skip Woods, Realtor
1st Choice Real Estate Inc.
9616 76 Avenue,
Edmonton, AB. T6C 0K3 – Ph. 780 887 1501

Reference: Property of Client, Sherwood Park, AB.

Les Hills
Acting Public Trustee of Alberta
Office of the Public Trustee
4th Floor, Brownlee Bldg.
10365 97 Street, Edmonton, AB. T5J 3Z8
Public Trustee Representative, Wendy Babichuk,
Office of the Public Trustee

COMPLAINT

We allege that :

  1. Mr. Woods has acted high handedly and recklessly.
  2. Mr. Woods, with full knowledge, acted in breach of ethical protocol.
  3. Mr. Woods, complicit with the Office of the Public Trustee, has cheated the client.

RELEVANT ISSUES:

  • $389,900. Listing price
  • $342,000. Sale price
  • $47,900. Price reduction
  • 24 days on market – (time Mr. Woods obtained keys to property)
  • Relatively strong real estate market at time of sale

HISTORY

Property assessed by:

  • Listing Realtor, James Skip Woods
  • Edmonton Real Estate Board – $400,000.
  • Gordon J. Dundas CRA – $400,000.
  • Greg V. Bowker, CRA – $345,000
  • Listing Approved by Advisory Board, Office of the Public Trustee.

We ask that the Office of the Real Estate Council of Alberta, the licensing Agent, regulating Agent and Consumer Protection Agent of Alberta
1. investigate the actions of Mr. James Skip Woods.
2. recommend and provide a just and favorable remedy for the client.

Thank you.

Yours truly,

Elder Advocates of Alberta Society,

cc.
The Honourable Mr.Dave Hancock , Minister of Human Services

Ms. Cathy Oleson MLA

Les Hills, Office of the Public Trustee

James Skip Woods

Response

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September 20, 2013

Via Facsimile – 780 422 2496
Letter to follow
servicealberta
The Honourable Mr. Manmeet Bhullar,
Minister of Service Alberta,
131 Legislature Building
Edmonton, Alberta, T5K 2B6

Dear Mr. Minister:

Complaint against

James Skip Woods, Realtor

1st Choice Real Estate Inc.
9616 76 Avenue,
Edmonton, AB. T6C 0K3 – Ph. 780 887 1501

Leslie Allison Hills, Government Counsel
Acting Public Trustee of Alberta
Office of the Public Trustee
4th Floor, Brownlee Bldg.
10365 97 Street, Edmonton, AB. T5J 3Z8

Public Trustee Representative, Wendy Babichuk,
Office of the Public Trustee
Wendy Babichuk was the Client’s Trust Officer,
Office of the Public Trustee, Edmonton, AB.

Reference: Real Property of Client, Sherwood Park, AB. We shall refer to her as the client.

COMPLAINT

We allege that the named respondents

  1. acted high handedly and recklessly.
  2. with full knowledge, acted in breach of ethical protocol.
  3. in complicity, acted to deny the client a fair market value return for her property.

RELEVANT ISSUES:

  • $389,900. Listing price
  • $342,000. Sale price
  • $47,900. Price reduction
  • 24 days on market – (time Mr. Woods obtained keys to property)

Relatively strong real estate market at time of sale

HISTORY:

Property assessed by:

  • Listing Realtor, James Skip Woods
  • Edmonton Real Estate Board – $400,000.
  • Gordon J. Dundas CRA – $400,000.
  • Greg V. Bowker, CRA – $345,000

Listing Approved by Advisory Board, Office of the Public Trustee.

We ask that your Office

  1. investigate this matter.
  2. recommend and provide a just and favorable remedy for the client.

Thank you.

Yours truly,

Elder Advocates of Alberta Society,

cc.
Ms. Cathy Oleson MLA, Sherwood Park, AB.
Mr. Steve Young MLA
Kimberley Anne Watson

Attached – Assessments- Edmonton Real Estate Board
Gordon Dundas
Greg V. Bowker
James Skip Woods

 

September 17, 2013

Via Facsimile 780 422 9136

Mr. Les Hills,
Acting Public Trustee of Alberta
Office of the Public Trustee
4th Floor, Brownlee Bldg.
10365 97 Street, Edmonton, AB. T5J 3Z8

Dear Mr. Hills:

Reference: Advisory Board

Please advise us as to who the persons are who compose the Advisory Board who make decisions concerning the value of client Real Property.

Thank you.

Yours truly,

Elder Advocates of Alberta Society

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