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.