RICHARD's desk...: Retiring PPL CEO honoured as Public Librarian of 2019

 PUBLIC LIBRARIAN OF 2019 and very deserving of the honour.

Retiring CEO in Pickering is Ontario’s 2019 Public Librarian of the Year!
PICKERING, ON (January 31, 2019): Pickering Public Library is thrilled to celebrate the outstanding achievements of the Library’s former CEO, Cathy Grant who has been named 2019 Public Librarian of the Year with the W.J Robertson Medallion.
The W.J. Robertson Medallion is presented by the Ontario Library Boards’ Association to a public librarian who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the advancement of public library service in Ontario.
Under Cathy’s guidance, Pickering Public Library has moved from a traditional organization to a workplace with a culture that supports innovation and learning at every level. She worked with staff to design the framework in which we operate: the strategic plans developed with strong community input and then given staff the freedom to find creative ways to meet our community’s needs. Cathy’s leadership has led to many Library awards, including current nominations for both the Minister’s Award for Innovation for our digital outreach program, PPL Connect and the Angus Mowat Award of Excellence for the Library’s Learning Organization model. Between 2017 and 2018, Pickering Public Library staff have presented at OLA, PLA and ALA on work related to mental health, the learning organization and digital outreach. Today, Pickering Public Library embraces Library design thinking, has developed a thriving Maker Space, operate a psychologically safe workplace proudly operate as a Learning Organization. This is all possible because of Cathy’s strong leadership and support. Cathy was nominated by her colleagues and friends Kathy Williams, Elaine Bird, and Tanya Sinclair. Cathy will be presented with the award at the annual Ontario Library Association Super Conference awards gala held on Thursday January 31, 2019 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

Her legacy

Cathy Grant

Pickering Public Library
Under Cathy’s guidance, the Library has moved from a traditional organization to a workplace with a culture that supports innovation and learning at every level.  She worked with staff to design the framework in which we operate:  the strategic plans developed with strong community input and then given staff the freedom to find creative ways to meet our community’s needs.  Cathy’s leadership has led to many Library awards, including current nominations for both the Minister’s Award for Innovation for our digital outreach program, PPL Connect and the Angus Mowat Award of Excellence for the Library’s Learning Organization model.  Over the past year, Pickering Public Library staff have presented at OLA, PLA and ALA on work related to mental health, the learning organization and digital outreach.  Today, Pickering Public Library embraces Library design thinking, has developed a thriving Maker Space, operate a psychologically safe workplace proudly operate as a Learning Organization. This is all possible because of Cathy’s strong leadership and support. Kathy Williams and Elaine Bird, Pickering Public Library


As a long time user of the Pickering Library, a workshop presenter, and a member of one of its major book clubs, we have
had  numerous opportunities of meeting and interacting with Ms. Grant. She is most deserving of the aware she received as she has developed the Pickering Public Library into a technologically dynamic community hub. She has made the PPL much more than just a library but an institution that is intergenerational and multicultural. It has become a vital social, educational and entertainment hub for the city. A great job, Ms. Grant!
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