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Teacher-Librarian Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Patricia Finlay has been awarded the Val Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award by the British Columbia Teacher-Librarians’ Association (BCTLA). The annual award recognizes the commitment and achievement of Teacher-Librarians who have made outstanding contributions to teacher-librarianship, school libraries, and the organization.

Ms Finlay began her career in Burnaby Schools in 1977. She has held a variety of roles, including classroom teacher, head teacher, teacher-librarian, and lastly, District Teacher-Librarian before her retirement at the end of the 2018-19 school year. She has since come back to the District on a part-time basis as a teacher on-call.

Tanis Anderson, Literacy Program Consultant:

Patricia has such a vast and rich knowledge of literature. She could always be relied on to help students and her colleagues, and she consistently went out of her way to support everyone.”

Finlay received the Lifetime Achievement honour at the British Columbia Teacher-Librarians’ Association’s annual fall conference.

Learn more about the award.

Guest readers and ASL storytellers visit classrooms to share their love of reading during Literacy Week each year. (Patricia Finlay, top left)  

Posted October 2019