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“The Roving Mike” signs on with support for Centre of Excellence
Okanagan College Media Release

One of British Columbia’s broadcast icons is adding his voice to the chorus of personal and corporate support for Okanagan College’s Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies.

Bill Hughes, whose radio career in British Columbia lasted nearly 50 years, recently made a generous contribution to the fundraising campaign for the Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies in Penticton.

Hughes began his radio career in Trail in the 1940s. Two years later, in 1946, he started work at CKNW. During his time there, besides becoming president and part-owner of the station, he was the voice of The Roving Mike, an assignment that lasted until 1994, when Hughes retired after doing more than 15,000 episodes.

He was also the President of the Vancouver Canucks from 1972 until1981.

He has been a significant supporter of post-secondary education in B.C. and his family carries on the tradition: son Brian Hughes is a member of the Okanagan College Board of Governors.

Bill Hughes was a longtime member of the Douglas College Foundation and was a major supporter of The Bill Hughes Family Library at Douglas College.

“I understand what an asset a College is to a community and the country,” said Hughes, “and I’m pleased to be able to lend my support to the Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies. It will be an important training facility producing skilled workers to deal with the new world order around a changing climate.”

The $28-million Centre of Excellence will provide space for 820 students from throughout the South Okanagan and the rest of the country after it is completed in March 2011. Through the Knowledge Infrastructure Program, the Federal and Provincial governments have contributed almost $23 million toward the facility, which will be one of the continent’s most environmentally-responsible buildings. Citizens and Corporations are raising the remainder through the auspices of the Okanagan College Foundation.