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YourAlberta (Government of Alberta) October 7 at 7:00pm · Linda Hughes has dedicated her life to making Alberta a better place. Whether through journalism, community outreach, higher learning or public health, Linda has always worked for the betterment of society and the lives of those around her.------Edward Redshaw All very well and good for her. She is essentially a figurehead. Sarah Hoffman pulls the strings. If she wanted to do something worthwhile, instead of just adding to her resume, she should put a representative of Continuing Care on the Board. Of course, she can't do this because Sarah Hoffman regards the voiceless and vulnerable seniors as a disposable liability to receive minimal funding. Unlike · Reply · 2 · 23 hrs Julie Ali Julie Ali Very true. The most vulnerable citizens in continuing care are without a voice. They had no voice with the PCs and continue to have no voice with the NDP. Political parties use the issues we present to them to get elected and then abandon these issues because why bother? We aren't important to them any more. They are in power. But how long will the NDP stay in power? Only three more years. Then we start again.------Jennifer Bowerman Can't believe how mean spirited people are! Congratulations Linda. Like · Reply · 10 hrs Edward Redshaw Edward Redshaw People are not mean spirited. Do you have family in a Long-Term Care Centre? I do and it hurts to see them waiting in wet diapers or for some overwhelmed care worker to feed them cold food. People in power like Linda Hughes and Verna Yiu have been appointed by Sarah Hoffman to be simply her puppets. They don't give tweet, tweet about vulnerable people like my family, Unlike · Reply · 3 · 7 hrs Jennifer Bowerman Jennifer Bowerman Edward Redshaw yes I have had close ones in long term care and I have witnessed the harm and distress when every weekend only part time care givers are there, not enough, and strangers to the residents. And I don't like any government that allows that. But I don't want to call them names and this isn't about long term care anyway. It is about congratulating Linda Hughes on her award! Like · Reply · 5 hrs Julie Ali Julie Ali Jennifer Bowerman But Ms. Hughes is in charge of the board that is in charge of AHS which in turn is in charge of the continuing care system. If we are to congratulate her what are we to congratulate her for? Are we congratulating her for perpetuating the same incompetent system that the PCs were in charge of? Didn't we fire the PCs to get change in continuing care ? Or did we fire the PCs to get the same baloney with the NDP? Are we to stay silent just because we have the NDP and their puppets now in charge?-------------

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Linda Hughes has dedicated her life to making Alberta a better place. Whether through journalism, community outreach, higher learning or public health, Linda has always worked for the betterment of society and the lives of those around her. She has inspired countless people, from women watching her break through glass ceilings to disadvantaged youth. Her contribution to public life continues in her current role as Chair of the Board of Alberta Health Services.
“My sense of community service comes from working at the newspaper, where it wasn’t always easy to serve the community because there are always conflicting views, there are always conflicting opinions and there are always conflicting interest groups. So as a newspaper you try to serve the highest ideal and not be pulled by various competing interests.”
Linda moved from Victoria, B.C. to Edmonton to begin her career at the Edmonton Journal in 1976. She went on to become City Editor and News Editor, before becoming Editor-in-Chief in 1987. In 1992, she became Publisher and President of the Journal, the first woman in Canada to hold the position of publisher at a major newspaper.
Throughout her 15 years in this role, Linda fostered a culture of “courageous public service journalism,” dedicating the paper to serving the community. Whether it was sharing the minority voice or pursuing stories that governments of the day would rather have seen ignored, Linda’s time as CEO of the Edmonton Journal is considered by many to be the high water mark of journalism in Alberta’s capital.
Throughout Linda’s tenure as CEO, the Journal fostered and sponsored countless community initiatives, including the Journal Games, cultural festivals, literacy promotional events, and efforts to renew Edmonton’s downtown core. Linda’s career in journalism concluded in 2006, following three years as general manager for all CanWest properties in Alberta, including the Edmonton Journal, the Calgary Herald and four Global television stations.
Upon retiring from the Journal, Linda took the opportunity for something new and travelled to Bhutan to become a volunteer consultant for the Bhutan Observer. Over her two months there, Linda was able to provide business and editorial advice to this fledgling newspaper as the Himalayan Kingdom was beginning its transformation to parliamentary democracy and experiencing its first taste of a truly free press. Linda continued her dedication to community building in her term as Chancellor of the University of Alberta. From 2008 to 2012, Linda acted as an ambassador for the university and worked to build connections with the community at large, stating “the more the university is embedded in the community, the better it is, both for the university and for the city.”
This philosophy is embodied in Linda’s work to establish a program called U-School, which aims to foster the hopes and dreams of students from Indigenous, rural and socially vulnerable metro communities. U-School brings students in Grades 4-9 to the University of Alberta for a week-long, hands-on introduction to the opportunities and excitement of post-secondary education. The program continues to make a difference in the lives of hundreds of Edmonton and area students to this day.
In 2008, Linda accepted a new challenge – tackling homelessness in Edmonton. As Co-Chair of the Mayor’s Committee to End Homelessness, Linda led a diverse group of community, government and business leaders as they explored the root causes and potential solutions of homelessness. Together they created the 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness, a document which continues to impact Edmonton’s policy direction.
Linda has also dedicated herself to enriching and improving Alberta’s health care system. Following her service on the Board of Directors of the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation, Linda became the Chair of the Board of Alberta Health Services. One of Alberta’s major employers, Alberta Health Services has a budget of over $14 billion and a workforce of more than 100,000 healthcare professionals and staff. The work encompassed by Alberta Health Services includes fully-integrated health services for over 4 million people, and affects the quality of life of each and every Albertan. The monumental task of chairing the board responsible for this organization is a fitting next step in Linda’s career spent bringing institutions and communities closer together.
Linda’s dedication to community also shows in her tireless contribution to community organizations. She has served on countless boards of directors, including the Edmonton Community Foundation, the Edmonton Homeless Commission, the Telus Community Board, the University of Alberta Board of Governors, the NorQuest College Foundation, the United Way of the Alberta Capital Region, the Strategy Council for the Mazankowski Heart Institute, the Advisory Panel on Metro Edmonton’s Future and the National Newspaper Awards, to name only a few. She is currently a board member of Torstar Corporation.
Linda’s many outstanding contributions to Edmonton and to the province have been recognized by her community and peers. She has been awarded an Honourary Doctor of Laws and Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Victoria, an Honourary Doctor of Laws from the University of Alberta, an Honourary Doctor of Letters from Athabasca University and an Honourary Diploma and Distinguished Citizen Award from MacEwan University. She was honoured by the YWCA with their Lifetime Achievement Award and with the Trailblazer Award by Canadian Women in Communications. She has also been inducted into the Alberta Business Hall of Fame and has received the Alberta Centennial Medal and the 125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal.
Linda’s lifetime of contributions to Edmonton, and Alberta, encompass education, health care, philanthropy, literacy, journalism, volunteerism and public service. Her tireless volunteerism and exemplary leadership have shaped Edmonton for over 40 years, and she continues to work to improve the lives of Albertans each and every day.
2016 Alberta Order of Excellence Inductee
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Desiree Bauer Congratulations!
Doug Wiltshire What a crock
Jay Vung I have a better nominee: BRIAN JEAN for fighting the waste and corruption of the speNDP government everyday!
Eduardo Visconte dumb and dumberer
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Jay Vung Tj Madison maybe it just shows how incompetent the speNDP is when this guy can do a better job without political experience...
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Curly Parent Congratulations Linda.
Dan Harrison How many digits is her salary?
Judy Buddle So deserving.......
Aaron Kozel Now when you say making Alberta a better place, do you mean the corporation of Alberta or in other words "Her Majesty in Right of Alberta"? Higher learning? That's ironic because higher learning doesn't include institutional education systems. Your logo is occult (derives from latin and it means hidden) and it is more about manipulating and controlling the psychology of the public by controlling what they learn and even what they eat because we become what we consume and what we tolerate. 
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Edward Redshaw All very well and good for her. She is essentially a figurehead. Sarah Hoffman pulls the strings. If she wanted to do something worthwhile, instead of just adding to her resume, she should put a representative of Continuing Care on the Board. Of course, she can't do this because Sarah Hoffman regards the voiceless and vulnerable seniors as a disposable liability to receive minimal funding.
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Julie Ali Very true. The most vulnerable citizens in continuing care are without a voice. They had no voice with the PCs and continue to have no voice with the NDP. Political parties use the issues we present to them to get elected and then abandon these issues because why bother? We aren't important to them any more. They are in power. But how long will the NDP stay in power? Only three more years. Then we start again.
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Edward Redshaw All very well and good for her. She is essentially a figurehead. Sarah Hoffman pulls the strings. If she wanted to do something worthwhile, instead of just adding to her resume, she should put a representative of Continuing Care on the Board. Of course, she can't do this because Sarah Hoffman regards the voiceless and vulnerable seniors as a disposable liability to receive minimal funding.
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Jay Vung STOP SQUANDERING OUR TAX MONEY ON ADVERTS.
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Christine Dargis Laramee Crooks in the media are well paid to say anything for crooked governments!!
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Jennifer Bowerman Can't believe how mean spirited people are! Congratulations Linda.
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Edward Redshaw People are not mean spirited. Do you have family in a Long-Term Care Centre? I do and it hurts to see them waiting in wet diapers or for some overwhelmed care worker to feed them cold food. People in power like Linda Hughes and Verna Yiu have been appointed by Sarah Hoffman to be simply her puppets. They don't give tweet, tweet about vulnerable people like my family,
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Jennifer Bowerman Edward Redshaw yes I have had close ones in long term care and I have witnessed the harm and distress when every weekend only part time care givers are there, not enough, and strangers to the residents. And I don't like any government that allows that. But I don't want to call them names and this isn't about long term care anyway. It is about congratulating Linda Hughes on her award!
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Julie Ali Jennifer Bowerman But Ms. Hughes is in charge of the board that is in charge of AHS which in turn is in charge of the continuing care system. If we are to congratulate her what are we to congratulate her for? Are we congratulating her for perpetuating the same incompetent system that the PCs were in charge of? Didn't we fire the PCs to get change in continuing care ? Or did we fire the PCs to get the same baloney with the NDP? Are we to stay silent just because we have the NDP and their puppets now in charge?
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Hermie Deluna Congratulation Linda Hughes !
God bless
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Debra Scoffield Congratulations!
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Gina Hoffer Very well deserved! Congratulations Linda!
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Edward Redshaw To all you people who congratulate her and say well deserved. Do you have family in a Long-Term Care Centre? I do and it hurts to see them waiting in wet diapers or for some overwhelmed care worker to feed them cold food. People in power like Linda Hughes and Verna Yiu have been appointed by Sarah Hoffman to be simply her puppets. They don't give tweet, tweet about vulnerable people like my family,
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Julie Ali Edward Redshaw The ordinary citizens see what the government spins for them. When ordinary citizens get to the places where their family members are perhaps they will see that the real heroines are folks who are telling the world about the suffering of the people in care and yet no one cares. There is chatter and surface acts but the system itself remains unchanged. This is a pity because a lot more citizens will be harmed before real change is observed.
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Edward Redshaw To all you people who congratulate her and say well deserved. Do you have family in a Long-Term Care Centre? I do and it hurts to see them waiting in wet diapers or for some overwhelmed care worker to feed them cold food. People in power like Linda Hughes and Verna Yiu have been appointed by Sarah Hoffman to be simply her puppets. They don't give tweet, tweet about vulnerable people like my family,
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Julie Ali I agree with you Mr. Redshaw. The puppets get awards, the accolades and the appointments. Real advocates like Ruth Adria and Velvet Martin get ignored, marginalized and retribution. We -the people --who have families in the continuing care system and in foster care understand the real heroines and they aren't the government appointments. They are ordinary citizens who do the work of love without awards, recognition and money.
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Stanford Blade I realize that this will prompt a similar response to those already on this site but it is important to acknowledge Linda's career contributions. I served with Linda on the Mayors' Metro Edmonton Panel and I know the commitment she had during her time as University of Alberta Chancellor. This award is meant to celebrate the contributions of Albertans who could easily reject these public roles. I for one am grateful for Linda's willingness to serve. We all seek improvement in our public services-but vilifying the capable citizens who step forward is unlikely to result in what we all desire.
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Julie Ali I do not believe that we are vilifying anyone. We are simply stating our reality and our experiences. What is public service? Is it meant to cover up for the government who in turn uses good citizens for this cover up? Or is it to make change happen so vulnerable folks do not suffer? Who is vilifying who?
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Sue Carrilho Congratulation Linda.
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Julie Ali We hear about these appointments to the Alberta Order of Excellence but we never see the most dedicated folks getting these awards. What about Ruth Adria? What about Velvet Martin? What about Jessica Ernst? Why is it that only some citizens are favored with these awards and others are not?
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