The CEO of the ASK Wellness Society in Kamloops has been recognized nationally for his efforts in harm reduction and housing.
Bob Hughes is one of 98 people being recognized this year with a Meritorious Service Decoration from the office of the secretary to the Governor General.
The award recognizes work or actions that have brought benefit of honour to Canada.
Inn Hughes’ case, he is being honoured for “guiding ASK Wellness Society through a major transformation that focused on harm reduction and stable housing solutions for vulnerable individuals.”
Meritorious Service Decorations are among the highest Canadian distinctions that can be awarded.
“As you can imagine, I was overwhelmed,” Hughes said. “I thought of my kids and my family and how they would be proud of me; in particular, my mom who believed in giving more than taking.”
Hughes, who started with the ASK Wellness Society in 2007 as executive director, was nominated by former board member and fellow humanitarian Chris Rose. Rose sat on the board of directors for eight years, from 2012 to 2020.
Rose said he nominated Hughes for his dedication to the disadvantaged and homeless.
“He is the best person that one could have for a CEO, as his feistiness and determination make him unstoppable in any battle he faces,” Rose said, noting the growth of ASK Wellness over the years demonstrates what has resulted from Hughes’ determination.