Former Shuswap Realtor Graces 'Big Brother Canada'

The 5th season of Big Brother Canada debuted on Wednesday, and this season has a Shuswap connection.

53 year old houseguest Karen Singbeil of Victoria is a former Shuswap resident, and formerly served as the President of the Okanagan Mainline Real Estate Board.

Singbeil had spent years working out of the RE/MAX office in Sicamous, before moving to Vancouver Island.

She's one of only three B.C residents on the show, and is the oldest contestant by about 20 years.

One former associate that we spoke with today did not wish to provide their name, but said of Singbeil "She's a spitfire. Gregarious. I worry for the other houseguests."

Wednesday's episode saw Singbeil win Big Brother's first competition of the season, meaning she's safe from eviction - for now.