Ann MacLean Award
The Ann MacLean Award for Outstanding Service by a Woman in Municipal Politics recognizes retired women municipal politicians who have shown exemplary service to their community and constituents and to mentoring women who want to run for elected office. It is named in honour of FCM Past President, Ann MacLean, who led FCM´s campaign to increase the number of women in municipal politics across Canada.
Victoria, British Columbia
A role model for women who aspire to contribute in meaningful ways to their community, Helen Hughes adds the Ann MacLean Award to the many distinctions she has earned for her exemplary work as a civic leader, organizer and volunteer. A popular politician on city councils in Saskatoon (1976-80) and Victoria (1990-2008), Hughes has spent decades supporting community and philanthropic organizations that benefit children, youth, families and First Nations. She has dedicated time and effort to support women through the YWCA and Big Sisters, and as a frequent mentor to women considering elected office. Her efforts on behalf of her community have won her both the Queen's Silver and Gold Jubilee medals, as well as membership in the Order of Canada.