School Board Member since 1986
Hugh Coburn, retired from the Winnipeg Police Service after 26 dedicated years of service, is a passionate and long-standing member of the Board.
Hugh began his trusteeship in 1986 with the St. Boniface School Division and welcomed a return to that role after the amalgamation that created the Louis Riel School Division. He has chaired all board standing committees, has been chairman of the board in both St. Boniface and Louis Riel and has served two years as the elected Provincial President of the Manitoba School Board Association and two years as Past President.
Hugh has received many accolades for his service to the community:
- Recipient of the Minister of Justice/Attorney General of Manitoba Crime Prevention Award as Outstanding Crime Prevention Officer in Manitoba
- Awarded the Queen's Medal for loyal, exemplary and meticulous service to Law enforcement in Canada
- Recipient of the Imperial Order of Daughter of the Empire (I.O.D.E.) as the Most Worthy Citizen in Winnipeg of the Year Award
- Recipient of the Solicitor General of Canada Crime Prevention Award as the Outstanding Crime Prevention Officer for his work promoting safety programs and working with youth and seniors in Canada
- Started the first Neighborhood Watch Streets in Winnipeg
- A founder of the Citizens for Crime Awareness Program
- A founder of the All Aboriginal Downtown Watch Program
- Volunteering at the St.Amant Centre and working with Special Needs children
- Played Santa and visited all shut in children at all the hospitals in Winnipeg during Christmas
- Obtained a used handi transit bus sponsored by community business and delivered hampers to those less fortunate
- Teaching Criminal Justice Courses at the Aboriginal Learning Centre in Winnipeg
- Recipient of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal for exemplary service to his community and country
Hugh's two children grew up and attended schools within the Division, giving Hugh a personal reason to get involved with the School Board. The births of his two grandchildren, Noah and Quinn, provided him with even more compelling reasons to continue his commitment to the position.
Hugh takes pride in LRSD's diversity policy – all LRSD schools treat each child equally and provide safe, inclusive learning environments. Through efforts within the schools, combined with community partnerships and a collaborative approach to decision-making, LRSD helps students to become responsible citizens.
"School Boards are comprised of citizens who invest significantly to ensure that the children in their communities are well-served with programs and supports that respect unique local needs," says Hugh. "This is not about politics – this is about children and their future, and the future of this country."