Ron Barrett of Century 21 Northumberland Realty Ltd. is the 2009 recipient of the Liz Coady Award. The award was presented to Barrett on February 24 by the Prince Edward Island Real Estate Association (PEIREA) in recognition of his unselfish and untiring service to the real estate industry, the community and province of PEI. The Award is named in honour of the late Liz Coady, a Realtor who exemplified these values.
Barrett was nominated by Joel Ives, PEIREA member and owner of CENTURY 21 Colonial Realty Inc. in Charlottetown. Ives is a past recipient of the Liz Coady Award. “Ron has been an active professional member of our association and real estate broker for 25 years, and is a leader in our industry,” says Ives. “He is a person who willingly gives his time to his community. Ron sees the glass half full and always keeps a positive attitude.”
In addition to having served on the PEIREA Board, Barrett is a Past Board Member and Past President of the Summerside Regional Development Corporation. While President, he was very involved in the restoration of the historic, 100,000 square foot Holman’s Building and helped create new jobs in the downtown area. As a member of the Summerside Chamber of Commerce, Barrett developed a Lunch and Learn program and ran it for two years.
Barrett is current Chairman of the Summerside Sustainable Tourism Initiative, which promotes Tourism and revitalization of the community waterfront. For two years, he sat on the committee to develop a tourism marketing plan for the area, which culminated in a new brand and the ‘swish’ logo – now promoted around the world. Barrett is also a member of the Summerside Port Divestiture Committee, which is in charge of the three wharfs on the waterfront
Prior to becoming a Realtor in 1985, Barrett was a school teacher. As a volunteer hockey coach in Summerside, PEI, he led Three Oaks High School to its first interscholastic hockey championship. He also assisted in the development of the junior soccer program and sponsored many PEI equestrian events.
Despite his active business career, Barrett has always found time to volunteer for local causes. For two years, he was Chairman of the Easter Seals telephone campaign in Summerside. He travelled with students and school staff on the Timmy Tour along with the Easter Seals Ambassador, educating them about the important work of the organization. Barrett also volunteered his time to the Heart and Stroke Foundation Commercial Campaign, the development of Rotary Park in Summerside, and the International Children’s Memorial Place in Scales Pond Freetown, where he is still a board member.
Said Ives of Barrett’s nomination, “I truly believe that Ron deserves this award. May he continue to motivate, inspire and encourage others to follow his example – which is to leave things better than he found them.”