Moncton, January 24, 2014 – The first United Way-MALA Distinguished Community Service Award Gala a great success. Close to 100 lawyers joined hosts United Way and the Moncton Area Lawyers Association to recognize W. Ross Bingham, QC with the Distinguished Community Service award last night at Casino New Brunswick. This is the first event of its kind, and recognizes the contributions to the community of a member of the legal sector. This evening not only celebrated Mr. Bingham, but also looked at the importance of community engagement.
The gala sponsored entirely by Casino NB, included a number of knowledgeable and passionate guest speakers who engaged the audience throughout the evening. Emcee Robert Dysart of Stewart McKelvey’s invited Marshall Button on stage to speak about the United Way of Greater Moncton and Southeastern New Brunswick and its impact on the community. Nancy Hartling of Support to Single Parents spoke of the benefits of the agencies in our region, and the importance of strong board members. Agencies’ Board of Directors often includes members of the legal community, who bring with them an important and valuable set of knowledge and expertise.
After a delicious meal in a beautiful and original setting on centre stage Casino NB, panellists: his worship Mayor Georges LeBlanc of Moncton, Maurice Richard: Family Crown Council and Deloras O’Neill: Deloras O’Neill Mediation and United Way Board of Directors engaged the audience in a discussion on Achieving Community Engagement.
“Empowering your employees to get involved in the community has great rewards. The more they get engaged, the more they’ll want to get engaged,” commented Mayor LeBlanc, “we can’t be great unless we’re great together.”
The evening ended by recognizing and celebrating W. Ross Bingham, QC for his many contributions to the community. “Many here tonight deserve recognition for their community involvement. But when the committee convened to consider this award, the terms Distinguished Community service was quickly recognized to be synonymous with tonight’s honoree- Ross Bingham, QC,” explained Dysart, who went on to say, “Ross Bingham gives generously of his time as a volunteer to his profession and to his community.”
“I am just one of many willing and hardworking volunteers to give benefit to the community,” said Mr. Bingham upon receipt of the award. “The responsibility to give back is a duty not a choice, and it is not what you have done, but what you continue to do that makes a difference.”