In recognition of the outstanding contributions Judge J. Elliott Hudson made to the University of King’s College, to his profession as Family Court Judge and to his volunteer commitment, the University of King’s College Alumni Association has established the Judge J. Elliott Hudson Distinguished Alumnus/a Award.
This award is to recognize King’s alumni who, like Judge Hudson, have made significant contributions to their discipline, community, charitable or volunteer work.
This year’s recipient of the J. Elliott Hudson Distinguished Alumnus Award is Ian Johnson (BAH’72). Ian received his honour at the Annual Dinner on June 25, 2016.
Ian Johnson has been a tireless volunteer throughout his life. For thirty years he’s been involved in organizations that support and strengthen our public health care system such as the Health Coalition of Nova Scotia, Nova Scotia Citizen’s Health Care Network and the Canadian Health Coalition. He served on the board of the North End Community Clinic and he helped establish the Nova Scotia Federation of Community Health Centres. In 2002, Ian received a Golden Jubilee Award for his contribution to Medicare from the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia.
But that’s only a small part of Ian’s story. His work resume is extensive. He’s been a social development worker, an NDP caucus researcher, a senior policy analyst with the Nova Scotia Provincial Health Council. His job before retiring was with the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union as a servicing coordinator and policy analyst. There, among many other accomplishments he helped develop violence in the workplace regulations and proposed indoor air quality regulations. Ian also helped establish the Mental Health Coalition of Nova Scotia