Awards & Grants

List of BCTLA Awards

  • BC Teacher-Librarian of the Year – Diana Poole Memorial Award
  • BC New Teacher-Librarian of the Year Award
  • Val Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award
  • BCTLA Honorary Life Membership Award
  • BCTLA President’s Award

List of BCTLA Grants

  • Ken Haycock Professional Development Grant
  • BCTLA Representative Speaker Grant
  • William H. Scott Memorial BCTLA Conference Grant
  • Regional BCTLA Conference Grant
  • BCTLA New Teacher/TTOC Conference Grant

BCTLA Awards

The British Columbia Teacher-Librarians’ Association honours teacher-librarians for their outstanding commitment to school libraries and education. This dedication is evident by the range of awards given within BC and the BC recipients of external national recognition. MOST NOMINATIONS ARE DUE BETWEEN JANUARY 1ST AND FEBRUARY 28th OF EACH YEAR.

Application forms are available below. Some use a common online form.

BC Teacher-Librarian of the Year – Diana Poole Memorial Award

The BC Teacher-Librarian of the Year – Diana Poole Memorial Award is the highest honour of the British Columbia Teacher-Librarians’ Association. The award honours practicing teacher-librarians who are making an outstanding contribution to teacher-librarianship at and beyond the school level in British Columbia. (Formerly The Diana Poole Memorial Award of Merit, BCTLA Award of Merit) (Fall Council, 1989, 1993, 1996; Spring Council 2009).

Criteria:

Individuals nominated for the award should be demonstrating the planning and implementation of a school library program of such exemplary quality that it is serving as a model and inspiration for others. They must also be involved in one or more of the following areas:

  • Leadership and service to the profession through the BCTLA and related organizations.
  • Commitment to professional growth through continuing education, research, or participation in national organizations.
  • Sharing of ideas and resources through such means as workshops and publications.

Rules:

  • This award may be given annually by the BCTLA Executive Board and, if given, is to be presented at the annual BCTLA Conference.
  • Nominations may be made by Chapters, members, subscribers, and non-members.
  • Nominees must be members of the BCTLA and be practicing school level teacher-librarians.
  • The BCTLA Executive shall adjudicate the award.
  • Criteria for selection will be determined as outlined on any required forms.
  • Nominations shall be considered for only the year in which they are received.

Nominations:

Complete the Nomination Form between January 1st to February 28 of each year.

 

BC Teacher-Librarian of the Year – Diana Poole Memorial Award

2017 – Heather Daly, Coquitlam
2016 – Dayna Hart, Central Okanagan
2015 – Misty Smith, Central Okanagan
2014 – Val Martineau, Nanaimo-Ladysmith
2013 – Deb Cowland, Langley
2012 – Moira Ekdahl, Vancouver
2011 – Sylvia Zubke, Vancouver
2010 – Karen Ferguson, Coquitlam
2009 – Karen Lindsay, Greater Victoria

The Diana Poole Memorial Award of Merit

2008 – Michele Farquharson, Vancouver
2007 – Patricia Finlay, Burnaby
2006 – Sheilagh Martin, North Vancouver and Pat Kirkey, Westbank
2005 – was not awarded
2004 – Tiiu Noukas, Prince George
2003 – Odie Kaplan, Burnaby
2002 – Val Hamilton, Vancouver
2001 – Joan Eaton, Westbank
2000 – Dianne Driscoll, Coquitlam
1999 – Jim Holgate, Surrey
1998 – Pat Parungao, Vancouver
1997 – Penny Bland, Maple Ridge

BCTLA Award of Merit

1996 – Noreen Grobowsky, Richmond
1995 – Sharon Bede, Kelowna
1994 – Kay Treadgold, Kelowna
1993 – Joan Wilby, Coquitlam
1992 – Valerie Dare, Vancouver
1990 – Barbara Hall, Prince George
1989 – Peggy Beck, Vancouver
1988 – Joan Harper, Vancouver
1983 – Don Rahrick


BC New Teacher-Librarian of the Year Award

The British Columbia Teacher-Librarians’ Association honours practicing new teacher-librarians who are making an outstanding contribution to teacher-librarianship at and beyond the school level in British Columbia. (AGM, 2009).

Criteria:

Individuals with less than five years experience as a currently practicing teacher-librarian nominated for the award should be demonstrating the planning and implementation of a school library program and/or of school library services of such exemplary quality that either or both is serving as a model and inspiration for others. They should also be involved in one or more of the following areas:

  • Leadership and service to the profession through the BCTLA and related organizations.
  • Commitment to professional growth through continuing education, research, or participation in national organizations.
  • Sharing of ideas and resources through such means as workshops and publications.

Rules:

  • This award may be given annually by the BCTLA Executive and, if given, is to be presented at the BCTLA Conference.
  • Nominations may be made by Chapters, members, subscribers, and non-members.
  • Nominees must be members of the BCTLA and have less than five years experience as currently practicing school or district-based teacher-librarians.
  • The BCTLA Executive shall adjudicate the award.
  • Criteria for selection will be determined as outlined on any required forms.
  • Nominations shall be considered for only the year in which they are received.

Nominations:

Nominations will be accepted between January 1st to February 28 of each year.

BC New Teacher-Librarian of the Year Award

2017 – Jessica Bonin, Prince George
2016 – Dominique Sullivan, Nanaimo-Ladysmith
2015 – was not awarded
2014 – Nicole Aerts, Greater Victoria
2013 – Carmen Yamashita, Vancouver
2012 – Tammy Reynolds, Nanaimo-Ladysmith
2011 – Nicola Kuhn, Rossland
2010 – Tu Loan Trieu, Coquitlam


Val Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award

The British Columbia Teacher-Librarians’ Association recognizes the commitment and achievement of teacher-librarians who have made outstanding contributions to teacher-librarianship, school libraries, and/or the BCTLA. (AGM, 2008).

Criteria:

The award may be presented annually by the BCTLA for an outstanding, substantial and recognizable long-standing contribution to the BCTLA, school libraries, or teacher-librarianship.

Rules:

  • This award may be given annually by the BCTLA Executive Board and, if given, is to be presented at the annual BCTLA Conference.
  • Nominations may be made by BCTLA Chapters or by individual members and subscribers.
  • Nominees may be practicing or retired school or district-based teacher-librarians.
  • In order for the nomination to be valid, the Nomination form must be used.
  • The BCTLA Executive shall adjudicate the award.
  • Nominations shall be considered for only the year in which they are received.

Nominations:

Complete the Nomination Form between January 1st to February 28 of each year..

Val Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award

2017 – Moira Ekdahl, Vancouver
2016 – Alison Hewitt, Langley, and Lindsay Ross, Greater Victoria
2015 – Bonnie Chapman, Surrey
2014 – Marilyn Richardson, Langley
2013 – Veronica Allan, Cowichan Valley
2012 – Bonnie McComb, Saanich
2011 – was not awarded
2010 – Sharon Scott, Vancouver, and Margaret Litch, Nanaimo-Ladysmith
2009 – Judith Kootte, Richmond


BCTLA Honorary Life Membership Award

The British Columbia Teacher-Librarians’ Association recognizes the commitment and achievement of teacher-librarians who have made outstanding contributions to the BCTLA.

Criteria:

The award may be presented by the BCTLA Executive to individuals who have made an outstanding, substantial and recognizable long-standing contribution to the BCTLA.

Rules:

  • This award may be presented at any time in a year by the BCTLA Executive Board and, if given, may be presented at a time and place at the discretion of the Executive Board.
  • Nominations may be made by BCTLA Chapters or by individual members and subscribers.
  • Nominees may be practicing or retired school or district-based teacher-librarians.
  • Nominees must be eligible for BCTLA membership.
  • The BCTLA Executive shall adjudicate the award.
  • Nominations shall be considered for only the year in which they are received.

Nominations:

Complete the Nomination Form .

BCTLA Honorary Life Membership

2012 – Don Hamilton, Victoria
2012 – Bonnie McComb, Saanich
2009 – Lynn Turner, Terrace
2007 – Val Hamilton, Vancouver
2002 – Liz Austrom, Vancouver
1989 – Grace Funk, Vernon
1989 – Glen Pinch, Langley
1989 – Gordon Stubbs, UBC Department of School Librarianship
1983 – John Church, Vancouver, BCTF, also a Vancouver truste

Grace D’Arcy, Parksville/Qualicum
Mel Rainey, UBC Department of School Librarianship
Frances Sbrocchi, Kamloops
Elsie Wagner, Past BCTLA President
Florence Willson, Prince George


BCTLA President’s Award

The British Columbia Teacher-Librarians’ Association recognizes the commitment and achievement of teacher-librarians who have made outstanding contributions.

Criteria:

The award may be presented by the BCTLA President to honour outstanding teacher-librarians for their work and contributions.

Rules:

  • This award may be presented at any time in a year at the discretion of the BCTLA Executive Board and, if given, may be presented at a time and place at the discretion of the Executive Board.
  • Suggestions for nominations should be sent to the BCTLA President.
  • The BCTLA Executive shall adjudicate the award.
  • Nominations shall be considered for only the year in which they are received.

Nominations:

Forward suggestions for nominations to the BCTLA President.

BCTLA President’s Award

2012 – Val Hamilton, Vancouver
2011 – Al Smith, Kelowna


BCTLA Grants

Ken Haycock Professional Development Grant

The British Columbia Teacher-Librarians’ Association recognizes the need to further the professional development of a member of the BCTLA by giving a grant to be used for any credit or non-credit course, workshop, conference or program in the field of teacher-librarianship. This grant is not to exceed $500.00.

Eligibility:

To be eligible for the Ken Haycock Professional Development Grant an applicant must be:

  • A Canadian citizen.
  • A resident of British Columbia.
  • A member of the BCTLA. Prospective applicants who are not BCTLA members may obtain membership by contacting the BCTF.
  • A holder of a valid BC Teaching Certificate.

Terms:

  • Use the grant monies within 12 months of presentation.
  • The maximum amount of this grant shall be the lesser of:
    • (a) reimbursement for approved costs borne by the successful applicant; or
    • (b) $500, which will be considered a full grant.
  • Receive payment of the grant monies upon proof of completion of the course, workshop, conference, or program; submission of costs.

Selection Process:

The recipient(s) of the grant shall be selected by the Executive Board. If a grant is given the decision will be made in June and the successful nominee(s) will be recognized.

Applications:

Complete the Application Form between January 1st to February 28 of each year. Please include in your application statement a brief outline of the course, workshop, conference or program.

Ken Haycock Professional Development Grant

2017 – Grahame Rainey, Coquitlam
2016 – Janet Mumford, Richmond
2015 – Janis Bridger, New Westminster, and Kim Riddick, Delta
2014 – Sheri Kinney, Cowichan Valley
2013 – April Hilland, Maple Ridge
2012 – Pat Parungao, Vancouver
2011 – April Hilland, Maple Ridge
2010 – Cheriee Weichl, Vancouver
2009 – Chris Evans, Vancouver
2008 – Moira Ekdahl, Vancouver
2007 – Iris Mennie, Nanaimo
2006 – Janet Mumford, Richmond
2005 – Mary Locke, Vancouver
2004 – Rick Mulholland, Mission
2003 – Sarah Wethered, New Westminster
2002 – Donna Lee, Vancouver
2001 – was not awarded
2000 – was not awarded
1999 – Faye Meek, Maple Ridge
1998 – was not awarded
1997 – Gail Crawford, Delta
1996 – was not awarded
1995 – was not awarded
1994 – was not awarded
1993 – was not awarded
1992 – Teresa Brinton, Kelowna
1991 – Jack Allen, Vancouver
1990 – was not awarded
1989 – Lina D’Onofrio, Vancouver


 BCTLA Representative Speaker Grant

The British Columbia Teacher-Librarians’ Association recognizes the need to share the expertise of BCTLA members with other institutions, organizations and associations by giving a grant to be used to represent the BCTLA as a speaker/facilitator at a course, workshop, conference, or program other than the annual BCTLA conference. This grant is not to exceed $350.00.  (April 2010).

Eligibility:

To be eligible for the BCTLA Representative Speaker Grant an applicant must be:

  • A Canadian citizen.
  • A resident of British Columbia.
  • A member of the BCTLA. Prospective applicants who are not BCTLA members may obtain membership by contacting the BCTF.
  • A holder of a valid BC Teaching Certificate.
  • Not already receiving a fee, salary or an honorarium for their speaking/facilitating services.

Terms:

  • Use the grant monies within 12 months of presentation.
  • With the addition of—at the complete discretion of the BCTLA Executive—release time, the maximum amount of this grant shall be the lesser of:
    • (a) reimbursement for any registration or tuition fees and travel costs borne by the applicant, and $50, which will be considered an honorarium; or
    • (b) $350, which will be considered a full grant.
  • Receive payment of the grant monies upon proof of attendance as a speaker/facilitator at course, workshop, conference, or program other than the annual BCTLA conference; submission of costs.

Selection Process:

The recipient(s) of the grant shall be selected by the Executive Board. If a grant is given the decision will be made in June and the successful nominee(s) will be recognized.

Applications:

Complete the Application Form between January 1st to February 28 of each year. Please include in your application statement a brief outline of the course, workshop, conference or program.

BCTLA Representative Speaker Grant

2017 – was not awarded
2016 – was not awarded
2015 – was not awarded
2014 – was not awarded
2013 – Jeff Yasinchuk, Kootenay Lake
2012 – Moira Ekdahl, Vancouver
2011 – was not awarded


William H. Scott Memorial BCTLA Conference Grant

The British Columbia Teacher-Librarians’ Association recognizes the need to further the professional development of a member or subscriber of the BCTLA by giving a grant to be used to attend the annual BCTLA Conference. This grant is not to exceed $350.00. (April 2009).

Eligibility:

To be eligible for the William H. Scott Memorial BCTLA Conference Grant an applicant must be:

  • A Canadian citizen or landed immigrant.
  • A resident of British Columbia.
  • A member of the BCTLA. Prospective applicants who are not BCTLA members may obtain membership by contacting the BCTF.

Terms:

  • Use the grant monies for the current BCTLA Conference.
  • The maximum amount of this grant shall be the lesser of:
    • (a) reimbursement for the amount of the annual BCTLA Conference registration fee and travel costs; or
    • (b) $350, which will be considered a full grant.
  • Receive payment of the grant monies upon proof of attendance at the annual BCTLA Conference.

Selection Process:

The recipient(s) of the grant shall be selected by the Executive Board. If a grant is given the decision will be made in October and the successful nominee(s) will be recognized.

Applications:

Complete the Application Form between January 1st to February 28 of each year.

William H. Scott Memorial BCTLA Conference Grant

2017 – Christopher Hunt, Chilliwack
2016 – Beth Chng, Prince George
2015 – was not awarded
2014 – was not awarded
2013 – was not awarded
2012 – was not awarded
2011 – was not awarded
2010 – was not awarded


Regional BCTLA Conference Grant

In most years, the BC Teachers’ Federation provides a limited number of $3,000 Regional Conference Support Grants to support PSA conferences held outside the Lower Mainland and/or outside Southern Vancouver Island. The British Columbia Teacher-Librarians’ Association encourages Chapters to organize Regional BCTLA Conferences in addition to the October BCTLA Conference. The BCTLA invites Chapters to request that BCTLA apply to to the BCTF for a Regional Conference Support Grant on their behalf.

Eligibility:

To be eligible to request that BCTLA apply for a grant, a Chapter must be:

  • An active, registered Chapter within the BCTLA.
  • An active participant in Council Meetings.
  • Up-to-date with Chapter reports and all required documentation for the BCTLA.

Terms:

Availability of the grant:

  1. BCTLA may be eligible for only one Regional Conference Grant in a year.
  2. BCTLA and/or the interested Chapter may join with another PSA for the conference, however the joint conference will only be eligible for one grant.
  3. Two-thirds of the grant will be released by BCTF on approval of the grant application and the final third of the money will be released once the conference report is received by the BCTF.

The receipient Chapter(s) shall:

  • With support from BCTLA’s Conference Chair, make all arrangements for the Regional BCTLA Conference including securing additional funding beyond the $3,000 grant.
  • Hold the conference within the school year outside the Lower Mainland (east of Chilliwack and Mission) and/or outside Southern Vancouver Island (held in Nanaimo and north).
  • Include participants from more than one school district in the conference.
  • Print the following on the conference agenda: We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of this conference by the B.C. Teachers’ Federation.
  • After the conference, submit a report through BCTLA’s Conference Chair to the BCTF including a copy of the conference agenda, information regarding the number of participants attending the conference and a summary of evaluation forms completed by conference attendees.

Applications:
A complete request to BCTLA shall consist of:

  • A completed and signed Request Form.
  • The proposed conference plan (see Request Form for required details).

Selection Process:

Requests may be submitted throughout the year but must be received well in advance of the proposed conference date. The Executive may or may not approve the request and selection shall be based on the quality of the proposal.  Please note that even with BCTLA’s approval, BCTF may or may not approve the grant.
Submissions:

Submit request forms and attachments to the BCTLA Coordinator, Conference Committee.
Required Forms:


BCTLA New Teacher/TTOC Conference Grant

In most years, the B.C. Teachers’ Federation provides a limited number of $500 Local/PSA New Teacher Conference Grants to support the organization of conferences which include “a significant component for new teachers and teachers teaching on call”.  The British Columbia Teacher-Librarians’ Association encourages Chapters to organize New Teacher Conferences in addition to the October BCTLA Conference.  The BCTLA invites Chapters to request that BCTLA apply for to BCTF for a Local/PSA New Teacher Conference Grant on their behalf.

Eligibility:

To be eligible to request that BCTLA apply for a grant, a Chapter must be:

  • An active, registered Chapter within the BCTLA.
  • An active participant in Council Meetings.
  • Up-to-date with Chapter reports and all required documentation for the BCTLA.

Terms:

Availability of the grant:

To be eligible for the grant, a proposed conference plan is required, which must include the following information:

  • Conference date(s)
  • Conference location
  • Expected number of attendees
  • Conference title or theme
  • Focus or component designed for new teachers (conference program/outline)

The receipient Chapter(s) shall:

  • With support from BCTLA’s Conference Chair, make all arrangements for the BCTLA New Teacher Conference including securing additional funding beyond the $500 grant.
  • After the conference, submit a report through BCTLA’s Conference Chair to the BCTF including financial information and information regarding the number of participants attending the conference.

Applications:

A complete request to BCTLA shall consist of:

  • A completed and signed Request Form.
  • The proposed conference plan (see Request Form for required details).

Selection Process:

Requests may be submitted throughout the year but must be received well in advance of the proposed conference date. The Executive may or may not approve the request and selection shall be based on the quality of the proposal.  Please note that even with BCTLA’s approval, BCTF may or may not approve the grant.

Submissions:

Submit request forms and attachments to the BCTLA Coordinator, Conference Committee.

Required Forms:

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