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March 28, 2024

Executive Officer receives prestigious award

ASK Wellness Society proudly announces the recognition of its Executive Officer, Bob Hughes, by the Governor General of Canada, Mary Simon.
GG08-2024-0046 Ottawa, Ontario Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada, presented a total of 64 Meritorious Service Decorations (Civil Division), including 8 Meritorious Service Crosses (M.S.C.) and 56 Meritorious Service Medals (M.S.M.), during a ceremony at Rideau Hall, Ottawa Ontario on Thursday, March 21. Son Excellence la très honorable Mary Simon, gouverneure générale du Canada, a remis un total de 64 décorations pour service méritoire (Division civile), dont 8 Croix pour service méritoire (C.M.) et 56 Médailles pour service méritoire (M.S.M.), lors d'une cérémonie à Rideau Hall, Ottawa Ontario, le jeudi 21 mars. Credit/Mention de source: Mathieu St-Amour, Rideau Hall, OSGG-BSGG Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

ASK Wellness Society proudly announces the recognition of its Executive Officer, Bob Hughes, by the Governor General of Canada, Mary Simon. In a ceremony held at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on March 21, 2024, Bob was awarded the prestigious Meritorious Service Medal for his outstanding contributions to the community.

With over 25 years of experience in the social services field, Bob has been a continuous and steadfast advocate for those in need. Under his leadership, ASK Wellness Society has undergone a remarkable transformation, focusing on housing initiatives and harm reduction strategies to improve the lives of marginalized individuals in Kamloops, Merritt, and Penticton.

"We are thrilled to see Bob's dedication and commitment recognized on a national stage," remarked Andrina Tenisci, Communications Director at ASK Wellness Society. "His visionary leadership has been instrumental in guiding our organization through significant challenges and opportunities."

Throughout his career, Bob has demonstrated a deep understanding of the complexities of addiction, homelessness, and social inequality. His innovative approach to community mobilization and partnership-building has earned him accolades from colleagues and constituents alike.

"We are beyond excited here," Andrina added. "It's a very proud moment for him and humbling for us to have him leading the charge at ASK Wellness Society."

The Meritorious Service Decoration, presented by Governor General Mary Simon, recognizes individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the well-being of Canadian society. Bob’s commitment to improving the quality of life for vulnerable populations aligns perfectly with the spirit of this prestigious honor.

"As an organization, ASK Wellness Society is honored to have Bob at the helm," Andrina concluded. "His leadership exemplifies the values of compassion, integrity, and resilience that define our work."

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