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Community leaders receive honours at fall convocation

October 15, 2012

Victoria - Outstanding citizens and exemplary students will be honoured by Royal Roads University during the fall convocation Oct. 23, to be held at the Royal Theatre.

Victoria social welfare duo – the Honorable Edward (Ted) Hughes and civic leader Helen Hughes – will receive honorary degrees, and community harmony leader Louise Rose will receive the Chancellor’s Community Recognition Award.

The honorees will join a convocation ceremony for 824 students graduating from degree and certificate programs in the Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences, the Faculty of Management and the Centre for Applied Leadership and Management.

“This year’s honorees exemplify wise leadership, devoted public service and creative community spirit. They are an inspiration to the university community,” said Royal Roads president and vice-chancellor Allan Cahoon. “We are privileged to have them join us on stage today as we celebrate the achievements of our graduates and wish them continued success. They are committed to making a difference in their lives and in their communities, and will join more than 18,500 of our esteemed alumni.”

The Honorable Edward (Ted) Hughes is a retired judge best known for his fair arbitration of major investigations and inquiries in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and B.C. on such issues as residential school abuse and child welfare. He was B.C.’s first conflict-of-interest commissioner, and he also served as deputy attorney general. He has held health-care leadership roles in Saskatchewan and B.C., and led national groups such as the Canadian Hospital Association. He will receive an honorary degree for his exemplary public service in health and welfare.

Helen Hughes has devoted much of her life to improving the welfare of Victoria citizens, through her work as a civic leader, organizer and tireless volunteer. An 18-year veteran of Victoria city council, she worked with the library, First Nations and community youth groups, and created fundraisers such as Souper Bowls of Hope as well as events such as the Lifelong Learning Festival and the 60-Minute Scrub Up to improve the downtown area. During her career, she has worked for the Ombudsman’s Office and the B.C. Council of Human Rights. Hughes is receiving an honorary degree for her work on youth and First Nations programs and civic welfare.

Louise Rose is a gifted pianist and vocalist, as well as a Baptist minister. An experienced recording artist, Rose is better known in Victoria for her creative community initiatives such as the Victoria Good News Choir and the Open Door Choir. She has taught at the Victoria Conservatory of Music as well as at numerous summer camps and schools throughout the Pacific Northwest. She is receiving the Chancellor’s Community Recognition Award for her artistic leadership that has inspired many people to join together in harmony.

Fall convocation will also honour two outstanding students. The Governor General’s Gold Medal, awarded for the best thesis or graduate project, will be received by Jim Kyte. The Governor General’s Silver Medal, awarded to the student who achieved the highest academic standing in a bachelor’s program, will be presented to Solange Meilleur.

The convocation ceremonies are being held at the Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton St. The morning ceremony, during which the Hughes will be honoured, starts at 9:30 a.m. The afternoon ceremony, during which Rose will receive her award, begins at 1:30 p.m.

Royal Roads University was established by the Province of British Columbia in 1995 specifically to deliver quality applied and professional programs. The university blends online and on-campus learning with current, real-world relevance for doctorate, graduate and undergraduate degrees, certificates, diplomas, executive, custom and continuing education. www.royalroads.ca

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