Outstanding CBA volunteer: Mark Power

By CBA/ABC National April 16, 201816 April 2018

Outstanding CBA volunteer: Mark Power

 

CBA National: What is your main motivation for giving back as a CBA volunteer?

Mark Power: My main motivation for giving back as a CBA volunteer is the example given by more senior lawyers before I really got to know the CBA. I became involved very early in my career with the CBA, primarily through it annual conferences. The CBA opened my eyes to our role, as lawyers, as guardians of the rule of law throughout the country.

N: We’ve all heard the saying, “Be the change you wish to see.” What is it that you want to achieve by giving your time to the CBA?

MP: I became a lawyer in order to develop skills that could help people, and institutions, in need. The CBA has helped in that regard, both by providing a network of like-minded people, but also by offering a platform to harness the voices of more than 35 000 colleagues, from coast to coast to coast, to effect social change. For instance, thanks to the CBA, I have helped teams of lawyers explain to parliamentarians the importance of a new Court Challenges Program to the betterment of access to justice, as well as assist in the recognition and improvement of the equality of status and equal rights and privilege of English and French. I did not become a lawyer in order to become a millionaire; the CBA has helped me develop friendships with like-minded individuals.

N: Has anything surprised you in what you've taken away from the experience?

MP: CBA members are very generous with their time. It never ceases to amaze me the breadth of things we do not know, to our peril. The CBA opens doors that one would otherwise think close, or that one would not otherwise know exist.

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