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P.E.I. law society honours lawyer for community work

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 @ 11:58 AM | By John Chunn

A Charlottetown lawyer was recently recognized for his work in the community.

Ron Profit, a partner at the firm Cox & Palmer, received the Distinguished Community Service Award from the Law Society of Prince Edward Island.

Profit has worked with a variety of organizations including the Easter Seals, Alzheimer's Society, the prostate support group and the Canadian Rehabilitation Council as well as a number of sporting organizations.

Before he became a lawyer, Profit was the recreation director for the town of Summerside.

It was his time in the position that made him want to go to law school after seeing the contributions lawyers in the community were making.

"I was impressed when I was recreation director, with the legal profession in the town of Summerside," he told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. "Every lawyer was involved in some way or another with volunteering. You certainly see as recreation director those that are volunteers within the community."

Profit said what has always drawn him to volunteering is working and getting to know others. "You meet great people through volunteering," he said.

Profit met an important person in his life when he volunteered in the early years of his life. "There was a young lady who was the most involved woman in the town," he told CBC. ... "I ended up be attracted to her in more ways than one, and now we're married for 43 years."

Profit is the chair of the prostate support group and said the YMCA in Charlottetown has done great work over his time with the organization, raising over $600,000 for aquatics sports.

He and his wife are also involved in helping support female varsity athletes financially. "It came to our attention because our children have all been involved in varsity sports, that women in sports weren't being supported by the community financially, and perhaps by the universities as well," he said.

Profit has worked with many groups over the years and said that each one has been important to him. "They've all been rewarding," he said.