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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To view past recipients

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


2016 Award Recipient


Rod Sawyer

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport

Rod provides support to Ontario’s public and First Nations libraries, is the co-lead on the Ontario Public Library Statistics program and administers the Public Libraries Act. In 2013, Rod received one of the highest honours of the Ontario Public Service - the prestigious Amethyst Award. His professional, intelligent, kind, patient, and helpful demeanour has truly paid off for the public library sector.  In recent years we have seen our public library data made Open Data and we’ve seen new funding programs aimed at Innovation and research and technology funding in our sector; and Rod has been at the centre of the action supporting our needs and progressing and representing our sector within the civil service. Stephen Abram, Executive Director, FOPL