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Fall 2009 Convocation

Former chair of CN Rail and community advocates recognized alongside 1,022 graduates

Friday, November 6, 2009

The son of a train dispatcher who went on to become the chair of CN rail and two young university graduates who married in 1954 and - together and individually - became icons for community-giving were honoured at fall 2009 convocation.

Under a white marquee on the lawn above Esquimalt Lagoon at the Hatley Park National Historic Site - the university's heritage campus - Royal Roads University presented a Chancellor's Community Recognition Award to Helen and Ted Hughes during the morning convocation ceremony. And in the afternoon, at the ceremony, the university conferred an honorary degree, Doctor of Laws, on David McLean.

"David McLean has a gift. He can see opportunity where others might not," says Pedro Márquez, dean of RRU's Faculty of Management. "This gift has given him an innate ability to guide enterprises through profound organizational change. And it has helped him turn a family business into a multi-faceted success story."

Helen and Ted Hughes have been married for more than 50 years and, for all that time, have demonstrated an unwavering dedication to improving the lives of people around them.

"Individually and together, they possess an uncommon ability to target problems most pressing in their community - and then to solve them," says Peter Robinson, Chancellor of Royal Roads University. "This is what makes them true leaders. Not content to wait for others to point the way, they are quick to identify a challenge and address it head-on."

Of 1,022 students who graduated on Nov. 6, 740 received degrees, certificates or diplomas from graduate level programs and 282 from undergraduate level programs. More than 356 were from countries other than Canada including Austria, China, Columbia, Germany, India, Iran, Kenya, Korea, Luxembourg, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Switzerland, Syria, Tanzania, Taiwan, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, United States and Venezuela.

Award Recipients

Honorary Degree Recipient
David McLean has a gift. He can see opportunity where others might not.
Chancellor's Community Recognition Award Recipient
Helen Hughes is an exceptional leader committed to life-long learning and sustainable communities.
Chancellor's Community Recognition Award Recipient
Ted Hughes is an exceptional leader committed to life-long learning and sustainable communities.