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Citation for Ted Hughes

The Hon. Ted Hughes is a fair and ethical leader. A steadfast champion for justice and social equality, he has used his insight and expertise to improve the lives of many Canadians.

Throughout his career, Ted has made it clear that he is not afraid to ask the important questions, whether they be easy or not. His honest, straightforward approach to complex political issues has earned him the respect of members of all political parties.

He had a noted career as a lawyer and a district court judge before a promotion to the Saskatchewan Court of Queen’s Bench and appointment as Queen’s Counsel. His career then led him to step down from the bench and take up the role of legal specialist to B.C.’s attorney general before being appointed deputy attorney general in 1983.

Perhaps what he is best known for, however, is his work on various investigations and commissions of inquiry. Notably, in 2005, the B.C. government asked him to examine the province’s method of reviewing child deaths. He reported significant challenges in the child welfare system and made a number of recommendations for change which lead to the creation of the Office of the Representative for Children and Youth.

His devotion to public service also includes leadership roles in health care. He has acted as chair for various hospital boards and health-care organizations, in addition to serving terms as president of the Saskatchewan Health Care Association and the Canadian Hospital Association. He also actively advocates for the Victoria homeless, acting in 2008 and 2009 with the mayor of Victoria as co-chair of the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness.

Ted’s substantial impact on his local community and across provincial lines is something for others to aspire to. He has been recognized as an officer of the Order of Canada, among many other honours. His outstanding service to his community has previously earned him the Royal Roads Chancellor’s Community Recognition Award.

For his leadership and commitment to justice and healthy communities in B.C. and beyond, Royal Roads is honoured to present Ted Hughes for the honorary degree, Doctor of Laws.