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National Volunteer Week

Outstanding CBA volunteer: Patricia Hebert

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

Outstanding CBA volunteer: Patricia Hebert

 

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

Patricia Hebert: In my chosen area of focus, family law, I enjoy helping families get through tough times with a view to a better future. I have come to learn how important it is to choose the right processes to help families succeed and children to have happy healthy environments. In litigation, mediation, and collaborative family law, I can help one family at a time. By volunteering to find paths to make the law, processes and practices better, I can have a role in impacting many families at once and over a span of time. We also have stronger voices as a cohesive legal profession interested in positive change. We can do so much more together than we can as individuals. 

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National Volunteer Week

Outstanding CBA Volunteer: Mahmud Jamal

By CBA/ABC National April 17, 2018 17 April 2018

Outstanding CBA Volunteer: Mahmud Jamal

 

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

Mahmud Jamal: The CBA is the national voice of the legal profession in Canada, so it’s important for all of us to contribute to it if we want a strong legal profession that plays its proper role in Canadian society. I’ve always considered myself very lucky to be a lawyer in one of the freest and most tolerant countries in the world. Volunteer work for the CBA is one small way of thanking a profession that has provided so many opportunities for me.

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National Volunteer Week

Outstanding CBA Volunteer: Nancy Birt

By CBA/ABC National April 17, 2018 17 April 2018

Outstanding CBA Volunteer: Nancy Birt

 

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

Nancy Birt: I recall that as one of my first volunteer involvements with CBA, I was asked to be a member of the PEI branch committee of the Gender Equality Task force, which resulted in the Wilson Report “Touchstones for Change”.  As a young woman in the profession at that time, I felt that CBA was trying to listen to my experiences and offer support. I was also a young entrepreneur, having opened my own law firm with one other woman in Charlottetown in 1993, the same year the “Touchstones for Change Report” was released. My business partner and I were raising our young children and trying to practice law in a way that was not traditional but worked for our families. CBA was an important voice in our profession and support in that time. Throughout my practice, I continued to volunteer my time in other ways with CBA, on other committees, and then on the PEI branch executive, and now as a national board member. I strongly believe in the values of CBA and the role it plays as the voice of the legal  profession. Throughout my career, I have benefitted from the work of the CBA and have felt personal satisfaction in being a volunteer. Ultimately, I hope that my volunteer time with CBA contributes to a vibrant and healthy organization that continues to be the leading voice of the legal profession for many years to come.     

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National Volunteer Week

Outstanding CBA volunteer: Kamaljit Lehal

By CBA/ABC National April 16, 2018 16 April 2018

Outstanding CBA volunteer: Kamaljit Lehal

 

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

Kamaljit Lehal: It’s as simple as giving back to the profession. I have been practising for going on 28 years. The initial years as a lawyer was adjusting to the business of law since I had set up my own firm a few years after becoming a lawyer. After settling into my law practice I decided to have a family. So the next decade was having and raising four children while practising law. During this time I wasn’t able to really give back to the profession. Now that my children are older I have been able to make time to take on some roles that I thought I could add some value to in the CBA. I have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunities I have been given.

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National Volunteer Week

Outstanding CBA volunteer: Mark Power

By CBA/ABC National April 16, 2018 16 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.

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