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National Volunteer Week

Outstanding CBA Volunteer: Level Chan

By CBA/ABC National April 20, 2018 20 April 2018

Outstanding CBA Volunteer: Level Chan

 

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

Level Chan: The more you put into the CBA, the more you get out of it. My involvement began as taking the opportunity to develop a better understanding of the substantive law applicable to my practice, pensions and employee benefits, and has grown to encompass learning from the many diverse perspectives among CBA members.  Whether from different provinces, client perspectives, levels of experience, or personal identities, the CBA has allowed me to learn from lawyers with a variety of backgrounds and helped me become a better lawyer.  As my roles have grown, I have been motivated by the influence that the CBA has with legislatures and regulators.  Being involved in the CBA has given me the opportunity to have an impact in the law, while still learning a lot along the way.

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National Volunteer Week

Outstanding CBA volunteer: Sabrina Bandali

By CBA/ABC National April 20, 2018 20 April 2018

Outstanding CBA volunteer: Sabrina Bandali

 

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

Sabrina Bandali: I’ve mainly been involved in the CBA through the Women Lawyers Forum. It’s given me a special opportunity to connect with and learn from other women lawyers across the country. It’s easy to lose sight of the many different aspects of diversity in our profession – not just gender and cultural background, but life experiences, geography, and practice setting influence how each of us experience the unique challenges that women face in the profession. The Women Lawyers Forum is active in every province and territory, and having the perspective of women lawyers of all ages who practice in different communities and with different backgrounds sharpens our lens to understand what women lawyers across the country are grappling with, professionally and personally.

 

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National Volunteer Week

Outstanding CBA volunteer: Jennifer MacPherson

By CBA/ABC National April 19, 2018 19 April 2018

Outstanding CBA volunteer: Jennifer MacPherson

 

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

Jennifer MacPherson: Volunteerism was instilled in me at a very young age while I was watching my parents and other members of my community give back. I am very fortunate to be able to practice law and carve out time to work on programming for non-profits, whether community organizations or professional organizations like the CBA. It has been very rewarding to work as a team with other members of the PEI Bar to identify programming needs for the Women Lawyers’ Forum and Continuing Legal Education Committee, to come up with ways to put some fun into those learning opportunities, and to then see those ideas come to life.  I have always been motivated by the supportive response we receive from members of the bar who come out in such large numbers to attend the events, and especially those members of the bar and the judiciary who donate their time to participate in the programming for the events. Whatever the topic, a big part of the success of any CBA event is providing the opportunity for members to come together to communicate with each other and get to know each other better.   

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National Volunteer Week

Outstanding CBA volunteer: Ken Mandzuik

By CBA/ABC National April 19, 2018 19 April 2018

Outstanding CBA volunteer: Ken Mandzuik

 

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

Ken Mandzuik:  In volunteering with the CBA at the national and local level, I have been exposed to a lot of the work that CBA does that sometimes, unfairly, flies below the radar. Whether it is interventions before the Supreme Court or responding to parliamentary or legislative committees, there is a lot of hard, detailed work the CBA does that benefits all lawyers in every practice area. This is important work that has rightly earned the CBA’s reputation as “the voice of the legal profession”. It requires the dedication and effort of staff and volunteers; by volunteering, I feel I can play some small part in this benefit to the entire profession.

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National Volunteer Week

Outstanding CBA Volunteer: Dan McElroy

By CBA/ABC National April 18, 2018 18 April 2018

Outstanding CBA Volunteer: Dan McElroy

 

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

Dan McElroy: I enjoy connecting with engaged, active and similarly oriented folks, both locally and nationally. Also, the CBA sections that cover my area of practice tend to host excellent meetings, which inspires me to try to chip in.  

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?

DM: Other than the professional development (i.e. non-change) opportunities, I want to make my voice heard. In the few legislative submissions or judicial comments I’ve been involved with, CBA volunteers and staff have always been professional, competent and motivated by something more than self interest. Sometimes, however, I’m able to sneak in a point or perspective that might have been overlooked.

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