2008 VCLA Winners


Lifetime Achievement Award for Community Leadership

Coast Capital Award for Children and Youth Leadership


Ted & Helen Hughes

Ivan Watson

For nearly thirty years, Helen and Ted Hughes have been active participants in the life of the Victoria community. For eighteen of those years, Helen was elected to Victoria City Council. Ted served seven years as Deputy Attorney General of British Columbia. He has been a volunteer in health-related initiatives.  



A driving force behind the United Way's youth initiatives both locally and internationally, Ivan served as founding Youth Council member, devised the inaugural "Youth Now" conference, spearheaded their strategic plan and served on the Board and Campaign Cabinet. Ivan created the United Way of Canada's youth engagement group and helped write the national youth strategy. 



UVic Award for Community Leadership

Dr. Elaine Gallagher, UVic

Dr. Bud Hall, UVic

Dr. Elaine Gallagher is internationally renowned for her research on falls and injury prevention among older people. A University of Victoria Nursing Professor, she served as a lead Canadian researcher for an international project on age-friendly communities.  



Dr. Bud Hall was the Director of the University of Victoria Office of Community-Based Research and devoted his career to building bridges between educational institutions and the communities that they serve. Dr. Bud Hall has worked with the Tsartlip First Nations to build an Indigenous education in the Faculty of Education at UVIC.  


Rotary Club of Greater Victoria Award for Community Service

Trudy L. Brown, QC

Bea Holland

Trudi Brown began practicing Family Law in Victoria since 1974. She has volunteered with many social and academia organizations such as Victoria Women’s Transition House, UVIC, and BCLC. She mentors young lawyers to encourage community service.  


Bea Holland served in the public service sector in Port Alberni as a three-time Councillor and carried her Councillor title to Victoria. Bea continued her service with the public by dedicating herself to community organizations such as the Victoria Hospital Foundation, and BC Home Support Association.


Victoria Foundation Award for Community Capacity and Change





Victoria Native Friendship Centre


The Victoria Native Friendship Centre has been providing leadership for almost 40 years by encouraging and promoting the well-being of urban aboriginal people by strengthening individuals, family, and community. 


From us at Leadership Victoria, congratulations to the individuals recognized and celebrated for their acts of leadership in our community.