Helen Hughes Cause Of Death, Obituary Not Yet Available – Helen Hughes, a former Victoria councillor who dedicated her life to assisting others, died at the age of 89. “She was all about social justice.” She worked tirelessly to ensure that people who did not have a voice did so. “She worked tirelessly to ensure that people who needed assistance received it,” former Victoria mayor Alan Lowe said on Sunday.
According to timescolonist.com, Hughes was gregarious, active, enthusiastic, and tenacious. She was a social butterfly with a ready smile. She talked with confidence and clarity around the council table when making her case.
Hughes was the founder of the Victoria Adolescents Empowerment Society’s Souper Bowls of Hope, which has raised nearly $1 million to help offer programs and services for at-risk youth. Hughes organized and sponsored a variety of initiatives, but he was especially passionate about assisting young people.
She was born in Vancouver and relocated to Saskatoon with her father, an Anglican pastor, in 1950. According to a biography written by Royal Roads University, where she received an honorary degree in 2012, she got a bachelor of science degree in home economics from the University of Saskatchewan.
Ted Hughes, a former Saskatchewan judge and B.C.’s first conflict-of-interest commissioner, married her in 1954. He oversaw multiple investigations into child protection and sexual discrimination. They frequently collaborated in the capital region to improve the community.
They received the Leadership Victoria Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009. At the time, Ted Hughes was the co-chair of the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness.
“A leader must have other people with whom to strive toward a goal,” Helen Hughes stated at the time, “and Victorians have showed their concern and compassion.” Participating in a variety of activities and causes makes life easier and better for everyone, resulting in a higher quality of life for Greater Victoria residents of all ages.”
A spokesman for the Cool Aid charity said the pair has been associated with the group for more than 15 years, both as substantial donors and directly in fundraising. In the year 2020, Ted Hughes died. Helen Hughes had been a patient at Mount St. Mary Hospital until she died on Friday. Helen Hughes was a member of the city council in Saskatoon. She was active in a number of groups, advocating for the rights of urban Indigenous people.
Hughes fought for proper food labeling through the Consumer Association of Canada and was instrumental in the formation of the Saskatoon Big Sister Association. When the University of Saskatchewan awarded her an honorary doctor of laws, it noted she was one of the creators of Saskatoon’s crisis intervention programs.
In 1982, she was made a member of the Order of Canada. Hughes and Lowe were both elected to the Victoria city council in 1990 and resigned in 2008. They remained friends and socialized with their husbands and other acquaintances.