Calgary Public Library's Volunteer Recognition Event

On Friday, May 11th, we celebrated our over 1,900 volunteers at our annual Volunteer Recognition Event. It was a great evening filled with music, fun, food and heart-felt stories from our volunteers and those that they have helped. Here are some highlights from the evening.


  1. Lovely music from Bell'arte Strings greeted guests as they made their way to their seats in the John Dutton Theatre.
  2. Between our event and the Calgary 2012 party, it was a busy night for some of our guests:
  3. Mayor Nenshi greeted the packed theatre with his characteristic humour and appreciation for libraries.
  4. Board Member Sue Ditchburn took the stage to thank the volunteers:
  5. Library CEO, Gerry Meek acted as Master of Ceremonies for the evening.
  6. Youth Volunteer Ali Poonja displayed his award-winning public speaking skills in a speech on the value of volunteering:
  7. Two of our volunteers this year have been with us for 25 years!
  8. Global Calgary's Tony Tighe was awarded our John Dutton Volunteer of the Year award for his work with the Read With Me program -- a definite highlight of the evening.
  9. Once the awards wrapped up it was time for the party. The Crave cupcakes were a hit!