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Sharing the Flame

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We would like to take this opportunity to highlight the recognition of the Reading Advantage program at the Calgary Public Library by the Canadian Council on Learning's Sharing the Flame program.

Sharing the Flame recognizes excellence in programs which celebrate innovative and effective learning practices. We are proud and honoured to be recognized. Thank-you to both our stellar volunteers and participants for making the program what it is.

Congratulations Reading Advantage!

Urban Leadership Awards

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The Urban Leadership Awards program honours Canadian individuals, groups, and organizations that have made significant contributions to improving the quality of life in Canada’s cities and urban regions.

This year, the judges awarded the 1600 volunteers at Calgary’s 17 public library locations the Canadian Urban Institute’s 2009 Local Hero Award – for our volunteers’ steadfast dedication to literacy and learning. Calgary Public Library’s Director Gerry Meek accepted the award on behalf of volunteers in Toronto on June 5, 2009.

“It’s a powerful statement when one of the services a city provides is so valued that citizens enrich it with their own talent and time,” stated CUI President and CEO Glen Murray.

Our volunteers help children read, new Canadians practice their English, seniors use computers, and deliver books to those in residence. To Ellen Humphrey, Assistant Director of Customer Services, the award evidences the cultural diversity of CPL’s volunteer program: our volunteers speak more than 30 different languages, hail from various age and social demographics, contribute countless hours to their communities, and even include a few highly-socialized dogs.

Community Services, and the Calgary Public Library at large, are extremely proud of our volunteers. Congratulations everyone, thank-you for your tremendous contributions.

John Dutton Volunteer fo the Year Award 2009

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Phyllis Gale’s volunteering career with the Calgary Public Library began in 1974 when she answered an advertisement to deliver library materials in the then fledgling Homebound Readers program.

An enthusiastic ambassador and advocate of the library, Phyllis has had a positive impact on both CPL staff and program participants alike. The staff at Glenmore Square never cease to smile when she comes into the branch as they know through Phyllis, the lives of others are being enhanced and enriched.

To this stellar volunteer, the product of volunteerism is twofold: the benefit to the community, and the ability to form connections amongst individuals.

Phyllis Gale’s steadfast dedication and long-term commitment more than warrant her recognition as the John Dutton Volunteer of the Year for 2009.

Volunteer Recognition Event 2009

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This year, the annual Volunteer Recognition Event paid tribute to 35 years of both volunteering at CPL and the Homebound Readers program.

The Central library hosted over 400 guests (a record turnout) – representing the diverse volunteer landscape which CPL is so fortunate to possess. Smiles, stories, and general camaraderie abounded over music, food, and champagne.

A number of inspiring stories were shared. One particular participant, Terri of the Homebound Readers program, shared the positive impact of the program on her life after losing her sight to diabetes.

Most importantly, we would like to thank all our volunteers – you more than anyone continue to strengthen and enrich the Calgary Public Library within the community.

Library Volunteer Awards

Homebound Readers – Iris Hillenbrand

Homework Help – Ann Ghosh

Libraries in Residence – Jane Forsyth

TD Read with Me – Cesar Martin

Reading Advantage – Danielle Derosier

Reading Buddies – Kate Hanna

Spanish Conversation Club – Teresa Parra

Career Coaching – Lise Dugas

Computer Buddies – Annie Ran

Computer Technology – Susan Bolton

ESL Conversation Club – Marlene Nelson

Conversation for ESL Teens – Ali and Sunaira Tejpar

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