CNIB - CNIB presents Vancouver Public Library with prestigious award honouring its outstanding contribution to Canadians living with print disabilities


Montréal Québec Vancouver Public Library (VPL) became the newest recipient of the prestigious Dr. Dayton M. Forman Memorial Award for its dedication to the development of equitable information access for people with print disabilities. VPL City Librarian, Paul Whitney accepted the award at a reception held during the Canadian Library Association's annual conference.

Mr. Whitney accepting the 2009 Dr. Dayton M. Forman Memorial Award

Vancouver Public Library is to be commended for its outreach, commitment to accessibility, and its inclusiveness for all print disabilities, says Margaret McGrory, Vice-President, Information Systems & CIO & Managing Director CNIB Library. It is a privilege to work alongside Paul Whitney and his staff to bridge the gap in access to information.

Currently, only five per cent of published material in Canada is available in an accessible format that someone with a print disability can read. CNIB supports the establishment of a nationwide equitable library system that allows delivery of library services to all Canadians through the public sector.

The Dr. Dayton M. Forman Memorial Award recognizes individuals or organizations demonstrating extraordinary commitment and leadership to Canadians living with vision loss. Introduced in 1996 by CNIB, the Dr. Dayton M. Forman Memorial Award is offered annually in memory of an outstanding humanitarian and longstanding CNIB volunteer.

Previous recipients include: Canada Post, Calgary Public Library, Industry Canada, Frank Clegg, Past President, Microsoft Canada, BC College and Institute Library Services (CILS) and the University of Toronto Adaptive Technology Resource Centre.

About Vancouver Public Library

Funded by the City of Vancouver, Vancouver Public Library is the third largest public library system in Canada, with over 373,000 cardholders and more than nine million items borrowed annually. Today, with exceptional collections, services and technologies offered at 22 branches and an extensive virtual library, VPL is accessible to all citizens of Vancouver.

Photo caption: Mr. Paul Whitney accepting the 2009 Dr. Dayton M. Forman Memorial Award on behalf of Vancouver Public Library. Left to Right: Mr. Louis-René Dessureault, CNIB Library Board member, Mr. Paul Whitney, City Librarian, VPL and Ms. Daniela Esparo, Area Manager, North Area, VPL.

For more information, please contact:

Jean Kavanagh
Manager, Marketing & Communications
Vancouver Public Library
604-331-3895 or 604-612-4059

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