Retiring CEO in Pickering is Ontario’s Public Librarian of the Year

Pickering Public Library was 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 Grant’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 they operate. Strategic plans were developed with strong community input and staff were encouraged to find creative ways to meet the community’s needs.

Her 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 their work related to mental health, the learning organization and digital outreach to peers across the country.

Pickering Public Library embraces library design thinking, has developed a thriving Maker Space, operates a psychologically safe workplace and proudly operates as a learning organization. This is all possible because of Cathy’s strong leadership and support.

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