Barrett is known for his passion and knowledge of all things Newfoundland. From initiating the development of Boy-Scout units here in the province to self-taught fossil education and preservation in NL, Barrett has done it all. He has organized projects to raise money for the Janeway Children’s Hospital, was a member of the Regional Recreational Boating Advisory Council NL, and even an author of 4 books and a dozen papers on the history and culture of Newfoundland and Labrador. Ralph continues to be a frequent guest speaker at schools and other venues to share information on his experiences.