If residents of the Town of Sidney find it easier to get around, they can thank Jeanette Hughes, says Mayor Larry Cross.
Cross honoured the late Mrs. Hughes with the town’s Community Builder Award, announced June 30 is Beacon Park. Cross said in her three terms on town council, Hughes influenced the future of the community by insisting on making accessibility a priority in zoning and planning regulations.
“We all miss her,” Cross said, noting Hughes’ extensive list of volunteer activities. “I’ll miss her and no one will soon forget her scooter and the red flag she always had with her.”
Hughes’ daughter Maureen Wingerter accepted the award on her mother’s behalf. Hughes died on April 10 at the age of 74.
“Mom was passionate about accessibility,” she said.
Hughes had Multiple Sclerosis but that didn’t stop her from giving her time to many local organizations and helping start the annual community Christmas dinner.
Hughes was also known for her work with the Vancouver Island Library Board, the Sidney Sister Cities Association and she was the recipient of Hearts of the Community Volunteer Award and the Leadership Victoria Alumni Award, both in 2012.
“I promised my mom that she would not be forgotten,” Wingerter said, thanking the town for helping keep her memory alive with the presentation of the Community Builder Award.
Wingerter joined Cross and unveiled a new plaque bearing Hughes’ name, which will soon go on display in the municipality.
— With files from Devon MacKenzie/News staff