James Hughes to leave Director General post at Old Brewery Mission

    MONTREAL, Dec. 19 /CNW Telbec/ - James Hughes, Director General of the
Old Brewery Mission, Quebec's largest organization serving homeless men and
women, announced today he is leaving the Montreal shelter to accept the
position of Deputy Minister of the Department of Family and Community Services
in the New Brunswick government. Mr. Hughes will remain with the Old Brewery
Mission until assuming his new duties in April 2008.
    "The four years that I have been the Director General at the Old Brewery
Mission have been the best professional time of my life," said Mr. Hughes, 42.
"I am very proud to have been a part of an organization that has grown and
adapted to meet the complex needs and aspirations of homeless people. The Old
Brewery Mission has truly transformed itself from being a traditional shelter
to a Canadian leader in the prevention and reduction of homelessness. I feel
very privileged to have been involved in this transformation."
    Ron Lawless, the president of the Old Brewery Mission's board of
directors, hailed Mr. Hughes for the outstanding work he had accomplished
during his tenure as Director General.
    "His dedication to those most vulnerable in our society and his
innovative approach to breaking the cycle of homelessness has dramatically
changed the way we serve this segment of our population," stated Mr. Lawless.
"We thank James for his service to the Old Brewery Mission and congratulate
him as he takes on even greater challenges in the social services sector."
    Mr. Lawless said the Old Brewery Mission's search for a new Director
General has already been initiated with the assistance of a professional
recruiting firm.
    The government of New Brunswick said Mr. Hughes's extensive background
win the social-services sector will be a valuable asset to the department.
"James Hughes has established an enviable reputation as a dedicated
professional and advocate for the homeless in Montreal and Quebec," stated the
Honourable Shawn Graham, the premier of New Brunswick. "As we work to make our
province self-sufficient, we will be counting on his knowledge and experience
to build stronger programs and support for all New Brunswickers in need."
    One of Mr. Hughes's first initiatives after becoming Director General at
the Old Brewery Mission was to draft a five-year plan that changed the
vocation of the organization to include accompanying the shelter's clientele
out of the vicious cycle of homelessness through proactive exit strategies.
    More recently, Mr. Hughes spearheaded a coalition of Montreal's three
largest shelters to press Quebec Health and Social Services Minister Philippe
Couillard to improve funding levels to help the shelters maintain their level
of emergency beds so they can meet the growing demand for essential services
during the winter months.

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