On behalf of the AAO Awards Committee, it is my pleasure to announce the 2016 recipients of AAO Awards:
The Alexander Fraser Award is given to individuals who have contributed in a significant way to the advancement of the archival community in Ontario.
Jean Dryden has demonstrated a strong commitment to volunteer work, generously sharing her knowledge and expertise with archival colleagues in a variety of ways: committee and board work; through her numerous articles, conference papers, handbooks, and reports; professional workshops; and as General Editor of Archivaria. Two particular areas in which Jean has shown tremendous leadership and advanced the archival community are descriptive standards and copyright. Recently she has emerged as the leading copyright expert and has strongly represented the interests of the archival community. Jean received the James J. Talman Award from the AAO in 2001. Her exceptional service to the archival community throughout her career and her contributions in these areas make her an equally deserving recipient of the Alexander Fraser Award.
Loryl MacDonald started her career in archives in 1997. She has worked at U of Toronto Archives and Records Management Services for many years and was appointed University Archivist in 2012. Loryl has been an active and influential member of the archival community, holding numerous positions: president of TAAG; vice-president and president of AAO; and director without portfolio, vice-president and president of the ACA. She has served on several committees at the provincial and national level, was part of the 2010 ACA Conference Program Committee, edited the ACA Bulletin, and in 2014 co-chaired the Organizing Committee of the Canadian Archives Summit with Ian Wilson. Loryl also lectures at the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto, preparing and mentoring many new professionals for the realities of archival work in Canada. Loryl is an extremely dedicated and accomplished archival professional and role model for new professionals who fully deserves the Alexander Fraser award.
The Corporate Award is given for outstanding support to archives and the archival community in Ontario, including organizations that have provided significant support to the activities of a particular institution. Le Centre d’archives de la Grande Zone argileuse was established in 2010. Before that time, no institution had the mandate to preserve and protect the archives of the Great Clay Belt of Northern Ontario. It is to bridge that important gap that l’Université de Hearst worked at setting-up an archives center. The building, which formerly served as the bishop’s residence, was renovated at a cost of $1.3 million. In addition to funding this work, l’Université de Hearst has also supported the maintenance of the archives center along with the archivist, a university employee. L'Université de Hearst has not only been extremely active in promoting the preservation of the archives but has also implemented important research support mechanisms. Its financial contribution and professional support has been crucial in the operation and success of the archives which make the university completely worthy of this award.
The Institutional Award is given to institutions that have contributed significantly to the advancement of the archival community in Ontario, and for having demonstrated a significant level of innovation and imagination. The Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (CLGA) was founded in 1973. It was originally run entirely by volunteers. Since that time it has changed its name and its location several times, before settling into its permanent headquarters at 34 Isabella Street in 2009. The facility features a large reading room, a gallery, and meeting rooms. Since its inception, the CLGA has built its archival, library, and museum collections, established a robust volunteer program, and has worked with local colleges and universities to provide educational and training opportunities for students, interns, and emerging heritage professionals. It now boasts a full-time executive director. The CLGA serves as a significant resource and catalyst for those who strive for a future world where lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people are accepted, valued, and celebrated. It is currently the largest independent LGBTQ archives in the world. It is for this reason that the CLGA is being honoured today with the AAO Institutional Award.
Congratulations to all the recipients!
AAO Awards Committee Chair
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