OLA President's Award for Exceptional Achievement

The President's Award for Exceptional Achievement acknowledges an outstanding action or contribution that has in a major or unique way enhanced or furthered librarianship in Ontario. The selection is at the full discretion of the President of the OLA. Awards are only given if there is something of true historic significance to recognize.

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2020 Award Recipient


Fay Slift and Fluffy Souffle

Familiar faces in the library community, Fay Slift and Fluffy Souffle have been hosting Drag Queen  Storytime performances since 2016, in cultural institutions all over the province for thousands of children.
Fay and Fluffy are staunch supporters of diverse communities. Children, parents, caregivers, community members - all are welcome at their story times which provide a space where both culturally diverse books, and people, are celebrated. Creating a safe environment for our LGBTQS and gender variant children is extremely important, and Fay and Fluffy offer a warm and welcoming experience to all..
Like the library community, Fay and Fluffy recognize the value of reading.  By incorporating diverse reading materials, music and song into their programming, they bring literacy alive in a fashion that is “FUN-DAMENTAL! Richard Reid, 2019 OLA President

2019 Award Recipient


Mary Lou Souter

Mississippi Mills Public Library Board
Mary Lou Souter was chosen to represent more than 2,200 Ontario Public Library trustees who volunteer to bring efficient and effective library service to their communities. During her 25+ years as a board member, Mary Lou clearly understood the need for collaboration to accomplish this goal. Since she has become Board Chair in 2012, the Mississippi Mills Public Library Board has obtained accessibility funding for its main branch, expanded and renovated its Pakenham Branch, completed a 10-year strategic plan, rewritten its policy document and achieved provincial accreditation. None of that could have happened without the cooperation of the municipality and the hard work of both staff and Board members. Mary Lou would like to thank the OLBA and SOLS for providing excellent training and operational resources which are indispensable to small library boards. Kerry Badgley, 2018 OLA President