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George S. Hughes

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Member of Sports Hall of Fame

Edmonton
 
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University of Alberta: People
www.ualbertacentennial.ca, 21 Sept 2013 [cached]
George Hughes
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George Hughes
George Hughes, who joined the University of Alberta Golden Bears hockey program in 1945 as equipment team manager, has earned many accolades for his hand in building sports programs and facilities in the city of Edmonton as well as in the province of Alberta.
As chief commissioner of public affairs for the City of Edmonton, he oversaw the development of eight community arenas, as well as that of the Northlands Coliseum, now named Rexall Place. He is a member of Edmonton's Sports Hall of Fame, Hockey Alberta's Hall of Fame, and a winner of the University of Alberta's Distinguished Professional Lifetime Achievement Award.
AIA Edmonton Branch Newsletter - March, 2003
www.edmonton-aia.org, 1 Mar 2003 [cached]
George was born in Vegreville and received his primary and secondary education there.He graduated from the U of A with a B. Sc. in 1950.Subsequently he took further training at the Banff School of Advanced Management in 1961 and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1971.
George had a distinguished career starting as lecturer and recreational director at Olds College from 1950 to 1953.After that he was self-employed for a while, followed by a position as Vice President and General Manager of appraisal for Hu Harries and Associates in Calgary and Edmonton.In 1968 he started work with the City of Edmonton as City Assessor and Tax Collector.That was followed by other positions as Commissioner of Public Affairs, Acting Chief Commissioner, Chief Commissioner and Chairman of the Board of Commissioners.In 1974 George became General Manger of Edmonton Northlands.
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In addition to his regular employment, George served on many boards and committees such as the Yellowhead Highway Association, Sports Central - Edmonton, the Minister's Committee on School Finance (Government of Alberta), Western Canada Lottery Foundation (Edmonton) and the Edmonton Convention and Tourism Authority.His community involvement includes chairman of the Ottewell Community League and the Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues.During his earlier years he also found time to coach kids in various sports and serve on their administrative boards.
During all of the above George has accumulated many honours and awards too numerous to list in their entirety.They include life memberships in the Ottewell Community League, Little League Baseball of Canada, and awards from many other sports organizations.Other awards relate to his previous work in assessment and with exhibitions.Of special note are his awards for Distinguished Professional Achievement from the U of A in 1990, Award of Merit (Alberta Association of Ag Societies) and the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002.
George is married to Doreen and they have three children.
News Story - Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation - University of Alberta
www.physedandrec.ualberta.ca, 13 May 2005 [cached]
Olympians Megan Delehanty and Ian Newhouse, and sports administrators George Hughes and Irwin Strifler added their names to the list of distinguished University of Alberta alumni who have made significant contributions to varsity, community, national and international sport at the 20th annual Sports Wall of Fame dinner at the Shaw Conference Centre Thursday night.
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George Hughes, who joined the U of A Golden Bears hockey program in 1945 as equipment team manager, has earned many accolades for his hand in building sports programs and facilities in the city and the province.As chief commissioner of public affairs for the city of Edmonton, he oversaw the development of eight community arenas, as well as the Northlands Coliseum, now named Rexall Place.He is a member of Edmonton's Sports Hall of Fame, Hockey Alberta's Hall of Fame, and a winner of the U of A Distinguished Professional Lifetime Achievement Award.
Athletics - University of Alberta
www.pandas.ualberta.ca, 16 May 2005 [cached]
Olympians Megan Delehanty and Ian Newhouse, and sports administrators George Hughes and Irwin Strifler added their names to the list of distinguished University of Alberta alumni who have made significant contributions to varsity, community, national and international sport at the 20th annual Sports Wall of Fame dinner at the Shaw Conference Centre Thursday night.
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George Hughes, who joined the U of A Golden Bears hockey program in 1945 as equipment team manager, has earned many accolades for his hand in building sports programs and facilities in the city and the province.As chief commissioner of public affairs for the city of Edmonton, he oversaw the development of eight community arenas, as well as the Northlands Coliseum, now named Rexall Place.He is a member of Edmonton's Sports Hall of Fame, Hockey Alberta's Hall of Fame, and a winner of the U of A Distinguished Professional Lifetime Achievement Award.
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www.gov.edmonton.ab.ca, 24 Oct 2008 [cached]
George S. Hughes
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George S. Hughes' lifetime of community and sport contributions to Edmonton were celebrated today at a special dedication ceremony that renamed South Side Arena in his honour.
Deputy Mayor Bryan Anderson said, "George has a lifetime of service to Edmonton that is driven by great passion, vision, dedication and action.
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George was also one of the founders of the Edmonton Minor Hockey Week and of Sport Central. Hockey Alberta named him one of Alberta's 100 Most Important Hockey Personages Over the Last 100 Years.
George S. Hughes said, "In the early 1960s there were only a handful of arenas in the city, and it was exciting for any youngster to play at the South Side Arena. There was a need for additional arenas in the city, and I am thrilled to have played a part in the many arenas that were built in the 1970s, as well as building minor hockey in Edmonton."
In his role as City of Edmonton Chief Commissioner, George S. Hughes was responsible for increasing the number of indoor arenas from four to 12, at a time when most hockey was played on outdoor rinks. George was involved in the development of Northlands Coliseum, the Agricom, and Commonwealth Stadium. He also contributed significantly to the 1978 Commonwealth Games, the 1983 Universiade, and the Edmonton 2001 World Championship in Athletics, and while with the Alberta Lotteries, he was able to assist in the funding of many Alberta sport facilities.
George S. Hughes has received over 40 awards and recognitions over the years including: the Edmonton Sports Hall of Fame; the Hockey Alberta Hall of Fame, the University Sports Hall of Fame, and the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal for Distinguished Contribution to Canada.
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