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Scholarship and Awards Announcements

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Manitoba Library Association Awards were not distributed in 2021.  


Each year the Manitoba Library Association provides scholarships to deserving students.  The Scholarship funds are managed by The Winnipeg Foundation with two Awards being given out to one or more recipients.  This year, the Association had $19,000 available for the John Edwin Bissett Scholarship and $4,000 for the Jean Thorunn Law Scholarship.  In addition, the Association’s Library Technician Division supports the annual Red River College graduation award.  More information on our Scholarships is available on our website

The successful applicants for this year are: 

John Edwin Bissett Scholarship: 

  • Hannah Oudenaar
  • Taylor Watkins
  • Amber Lamboo 

 Jean Thorunn Law Scholarship: 

  • Sarah Lee

Red River College Library & Information Technology Student Award:

  • Megan Wehrle

We wish all of these students the best of luck as they continue with their studies this fall!

Thank you to this year’s selection Committee, Kerry Macdonald, Danielle Hubbard, and Ebony Novakowski, for their willingness to serve in this capacity. We appreciate all of your hard work!

2021 MLA Scholarships – Call for Submissions

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Are you currently enrolled in a graduate-level program in library and information sciences?  Have you heard about the Manitoba Library Association scholarships?  Consider applying today! 

The Manitoba Library Association administers 2 scholarships on an annual basis. 


Jean Thorunn Law Scholarship – Application Deadline: April 15, 2021

Available to eligible applicants who have worked in a Manitoba library and who choose to further their career by pursuing a graduate program in library and information science. Applicants must have been engaged in recent library work in Manitoba for twelve months.

John Edwin Bissett Scholarship – Application Deadline: April 15, 2021

Available to eligible undergraduates of the University of Manitoba who are pursuing a graduate program in library and information science. Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Manitoba.

Please circulate this information to any students you think might be interested in applying!

For additional details and information about applying, please visit the Scholarships & Awards page at

2019 Award Winners!

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The Scholarships & Awards Committee of the Manitoba Library Association is pleased to announce the 2019 Award Winners.

Congratulations to Andrew Robert, winner of the 2019 Trustee of Distinction Award.

Andrew volunteered as a citizen representative on the South Interlake Regional Library Board from 2008 to 2017. During that time, the South Interlake Regional Library faced many challenges, including a funding crisis. Ever the voice of reason, Andrew’s calm and thoughtful approach contributed to a resolution and helped the parties involved find a suitable way forward. Andrew was the first trustee on the South Interlake Regional Library Board to attend sessions at library conference, thereby encouraging other trustees to follow suit. In 2015, Andrew began volunteering with MLTA, where he served as Member at Large. He continues playing an active part in association work and today sits on the MLA Board as the Trustees Division Chair.

Congratulations to Bev (Beverly) Dumach-Barnes, winner of the 2019 Library Support Worker of the Year Award.

Bev Demach-Barnes is Circulation Clerk at the Red River College Notre Dame Campus Library. Bev began her role six years ago knowing very little about libraries, but with a great attitude towards customer service and a willingness to learn. Bev has since grown to be the heart of the library in the evenings and her outgoing personality and remarkable commitment to customer service make her an exceptional employee.  She also has a unique ability to connect with International Students. She greets each student when they enter the library and wishes them a good night when they leave, often in their home language. Many of these students are away from their families and support systems for the first time. Bev provides a welcoming face, a listening ear and an environment where they feel as though they belong.   manages to do this while remaining professional and providing excellent service to all students and staff at Red River College.

Congratulations to Shauna Weiss, winner of the 2019 Red River College Library & Information Technology Award.

Each year MLA presents an Award to a full-time graduating Library and Information Technology student who has demonstrated academic excellence and career promise. This year’s Award winner is Shauna Weiss. Shauna graduated from Red River College’s Library and Information Technology Program in spring 2019. She highly enjoyed the program and has always loved libraries and books. Shauna is happy to have found employment in an elementary school library this fall. In her spare time, Shauna enjoys cooking, gardening, taking her kids to the park and camping.