OPLA Lifetime Achievement Award

The Ontario Public Library Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to a library staff member who has given life long service to the profession and has contributed significantly to the growth and innovation of public libraries in Ontario. The President of the Ontario Public Library Association presents the award at the annual Public Library Awards Gala held at the Ontario Library Association’s annual Super Conference.

To apply: Complete the online nomination form by November 1
For questions or more information, contact awards@accessola.com

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2018 Award Recipient


Susanna Hubbard Krimmer

London Public Library
Susanna's vision for libraries extends beyond traditional library services and includes the enhancement and expansion of library services to all areas and users in the community - in an effort to serve identified community needs.  Susanna recognizes the need for libraries to be innovative in their use of tools and information to achieve great results for users. Susanna's strong grasp of industry standards and her participation in province-wide committees (former President, OLA) and associations have inspired the progressive direction of London Public Library and by extension, libraries across the province.  Susanna takes the time to develop other leaders in the library community, taking the time to engage coworkers, fellow colleagues and the community. Scott Courtice, London Public Library Board

2017 Award Recipient


Rudi Denham

St. Thomas Public Library (Retired)
Throughout Rudi's career, she has demonstrated a commitment to the broader library community. During her time spent as a leader in her various administrative roles, Rudi has overseen the implementation of creative and innovative ideas that have been adopted by public libraries throughout the province. Rudi has proven time and time again through excellent leadership, active involvement, her writings, and her mentorship that she viewed her working life in libraries not only as a career but as a passion. She has been a beacon for all of those who have had the honour of working for and with her. Heather Robinson, Incoming CEO/Chief Librarian, St. Thomas Public Library