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The Manitoba Library Association recognizes and honours the exceptional achievements of Manitoba library students, workers, and supporters at the biannual Manitoba Libraries Conference with the following Awards:

Manitoba Library Technician of the Year Award
Library Support Worker of the Year Award
Library Service Award (Professional Category & Volunteer Category)
Library Trustee of Distinction Award
Red River College Library & Information Technology Student Award

How to Make a Nomination

The deadline for 2020 award nominations is March 1, 2020.

Nominations should be submitted using the MLA Award Nomination Form. A letter of nomination must accompany the form and should illustrate why the nominee should be considered for the award.  All submissions need to be received on or before March 1st via email to Late or incomplete award nominations will not be considered.

All nominators and nominees should be members of the Manitoba Library Association.

A Committee will select the award recipients. The Committee may choose, at its discretion, not to present an award in any given year, to select more than one winner, and/or to identify a winner from the community when and if no applications are received in a given category.

Awards will be presented at the Annual General Meeting.

Library Technician of the Year Award

This award recognizes a Library Technician in Manitoba who has demonstrated outstanding professional achievement or leadership in their library or in the library community at a local, regional, provincial or national level. A nominee must be a graduate of a recognized Library Technician program.

Past winners:

2018 – Chris Mailloux
2017 – Belinda Kotschorek
2016 – Gisele Robin
2015 – Darren Wesselius
2014 – Joan Baker
2013 – Teresa Armstrong
2012 – Cecile Lemoine
2011 – Alice Klumper
2010 – Edna Johnson
2009 – Marsha Bowyer
2007 – Catherine Taylor
2005 – Daisy Santos
2001 – Diana Stojanovic-Lewis

Library Support Worker of the Year Award

This award recognizes a library support staff member who has demonstrated outstanding professional achievement or leadership in their library or in the library community at a local, regional, provincial or national level. The individual must be currently working in a library without holding a Library Technician Diploma or Master of Library Science.

Past winners:

2019 – Bev (Beverly) Dumach-Barnes
2018 – Pam Palcat
2017 – No Nominations Received
2016 – Eva Fleming
2015 – Gaitree Boyd
2014 – William Toms
2013 – Bruce Locken
2012 – Hung-Hsueh Shao
2011 – Sheila Evason
2010 – Colin Oakes
2009 – Lois Mabee

Library Service Award

This award recognizes people who have made a significant contribution to the operation and development of libraries and library services in the province of Manitoba. The Library Service Awards are sponsored by the Manitoba Library Endowment Fund as part of the Fund’s work in encouraging excellence in Manitoba libraries. This Fund is administered through the Manitoba Library Association. Nominations celebrating the following are encouraged:

  • Professional library workers in Manitoba who have shown exemplary service over a long period or who have shown a contribution within a shorter period.
  • Volunteers who have shown a significant contribution to the operation or development of library services in Manitoba, perhaps as a trustee, fund-raiser, or volunteer worker.
  • Rising stars or individuals in Manitoba who have shown exceptional promise of leadership in the early years of their career through the contributions they have made to their library or to the profession.

Library Trustee of Distinction Award

The Trustee of Distinction Award recognizes outstanding participation in the advancement of public library trusteeship in Manitoba. Consideration is given to trustees who have demonstrated leadership, innovation, promotion of public libraries in their community and fostered education and development of Trustees.

Past winners:

2019 – Andrew Robert

2017 – Donna Kormilo – 8 years as a library trustee for Western Manitoba Regional Library, involved with strategic planning, policy review, personnel and 2 years as Board Chair. Provided forward-thinking and growth-minded leadership to improve and grow the service provided by WMRL. Involvement with MLTA since 2011, including 3 years as Chair. Instrumental in developing MLTA’s web presence and representing MLTA on the Manitoba Libraries Working Group that worked to create one strong library association in Manitoba. Currently the Past Chair of MLTA.

2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 – no nominations received

2012 – Conrad Artibise – Conrad had extensive involvement in the Dauphin Public Library, the Parkland Regional Library Board, and as a Board member of the Manitoba Library Trustees Association. During his library trustee career, Conrad was most proud of being the Co-Chair of the Building Expansion Committee (1985-1988) at the Dauphin Public Library. This $700,000 project was a significant addition to the community and the foresight and dedication of the committee resulted in a first-class facility.

2012 – Grace Schellenberg – former Councillor in the City of Winkler (3 terms), and former trustee of the South Central Regional Library Board (15 years), was instrumental in campaigning and advocating for the building of the new public library in Winkler and its neighboring Bethel Heritage Park. She was honoured as Winkler’s Citizen of the Year in 1987, and in 2012 was awarded a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for community involvement.

2011 – no nominations received

2010 – Sandy Hyman, former City of Winnipeg Councillor and Chairperson of the Winnipeg Public Library Board, Director of the Winnipeg Library Foundation

2010 – Ted Klassen, Councillor – Town of Altona, South-Central Regional Library Board – member since 1995, Chair 2001 – 2006, overseeing the enhancement of the Altona Public Library premises, successful efforts at promoting the expansion of the SCRL region, advocate and supporter of the library as not only a facility but also as “its place in the community”.

2009 – Bill Stilwell, Councillor – Town of Neepawa, long-serving Vice-Chair Western Manitoba Regional Library Board, Chair of the Neepawa-Langford Public Library Board, Past MLTA President, Vice-Chair of Canadian Library Trustees Association, Chair of the Manitoba Public Library Advisory Board. Lobbied for increased funding for technology in the public library sector. Also lobbied to establish the first public Internet in Manitoba’s public libraries.

2008 – Lois (Bunny) Burke, Flin Flon. Long-term Chair of the Flin Flon Library Board, active in youth groups and their organizations, active in the community and political life of the Flin Flon area.

2007 – Doug Deans, Dauphin. Dauphin Public Library (26 years including 9 as Chair), Parkland Regional Library Board (8 years as Chair). As Parkland Chair, he oversaw the growth of the Parkland Region to 35 member municipalities, construction of 6 branch libraries, the purchase of the bookmobile, and the first Writer-in-Residence program in rural Manitoba. Participated in the installation of the first online public access catalogue in public libraries in Manitoba (1988), co-chaired building committee for the construction of the regional headquarters/branch library building in Dauphin.

2006 – Mike Cook, Winnipeg Public Library Board (7 years, including Chair); effective leadership in increasing library book budget, facilities study – new Millenium Library, and positive relations with the City of Winnipeg; Winnipeg Library Foundation Board

2005 – Murray A. Smith, Flin Flon Public Library Board member – many years of service (35+) as Chair, Board member, and active volunteer (e.g. rebuilding of the downstairs area, reading to children, helping out wherever he can).

2004 – William (Bill) Shackel, Mayor – Village of Glenboro, long-serving Chair of Western Manitoba Regional Library, MLTA Executive member, very supportive of library cooperation and development, both locally and provincially.

Red River College Library & Information Technology Student Award

This award is presented to a first-year student with the highest grades in library-related courses in the Red River College Library and Information Technology program. Selection is done by Instructors in the RRC LIT Program. The Scholarship and Awards Committee does not select the winner, though the award winner may be celebrated in news and ceremonies, or related celebrations, for all award winners.

Past winners:

2019 – Shauna Weiss
2018 – Lori Friesen
2017 – Melanie Rose
2016 – Erin Lougheed
2014 – Philip Enns
2012 – Justin Fuhr
2010 – Mikaela Oldenkamp
2000 – Kim Nelson
1998 – Ann Klassen & Nancy Voth
1996 – Moira Fentum
1994 – Marianne Prokopetz

The following awards have been discontinued:

Rising Star Award

This award is presented to a library technician who shows exceptional promise of leadership and has made a contribution to their library or to the profession. The individual must be a library technician who has graduated from a recognized program within the last 6 years.

Past winners:

2018 – Brita Enns-Kutcy
2017 – Krista Siemens
2016 – Sara Wilson
2015 – Dana Van Aert Pattrosson
2013 – Tara Watt
2011 – Elizabeth Stregger

Manitoba Library Innovation Award

This award identifies and celebrates people or groups who, through innovative thinking, have created or demonstrated improvements in library services.