On June 1st, Baldy Hughes Therapeutic Community & Farm  recognized this year’s exceptional residents, staff and volunteers who exemplify the passion, skills, commitment and strength of character which is the legacy of Baldy Hughes. Events of the day included a graduation and academic achievement ceremony, facility tour and BBQ lunch.

Set on the backdrop of Baldy Hughes’ working farm, Ms. Sharon Hurd, Vice-President of BC New Hope Recovery Society announced the eleven recipients of the inaugural 2016 Community Builder Awards during the graduation ceremony.

Executive Director of Baldy Hughes, Rodger Travale delivered an inspirational address which centered on transformational change and the journey residents at Baldy Hughes take on. “Transformation is a journey, and to freely embark on that journey can be one of the most frightening and most difficult decisions we ever will make,” said Mr. Travale. “It is up to each of us whether we choose to answer that calling, and to enter into the sacred agreement between mind, body and soul that must happen before any transformation can begin.”

Mr. Travale also addressed the recipients of Graduation Diplomas and Community Builder Awards, “Today we are celebrating and honouring members of our community who have reached some amazing personal, academic and service milestones. An organization like Baldy Hughes is built around grassroots support. Our community has grown into what you see today because we have taken our passion for a common cause, and united as one.”

One of our graduation residents gave a very moving address on behalf of his fellow residents at the graduation ceremony, and his speech was covered by the Prince George Citizen and on CKPG News.

Also in attendance at the celebration was Founder and Chair of BC New Hope Recovery Society Mr. Kevin England who also spoke at the ceremony. Local and provincial partners and stakeholders in attendance included Shirley Bond, MLA for Prince George-Valemount. Mike Morris, MLA for Prince George-MacKenzie, and representatives of Todd Doherty MP, BC Housing, School District 57, and Federal and Provincial Corrections.