B.A. Hons. Political Science, B.Ed., M.Ed. History and English Teacher and Teacher-Librarian in several high schools in Quebec and Ontario, 1970-1998. History Department Head, Earl Haig Secondary School, Toronto, 1989-1994. Head Librarian, George S. Henry Academy, 1994-1996, Toronto. Head of Library, Computers, and Technology, Earl Haig Secondary School, Toronto 1996-1998. Coordinator of Information Resource Services, North York Board of Education, 1998-1999. District-wide Coordinator of Library and Learning Resources, Toronto District School Board, 1999-2005. Part-time Instructor Library AQ courses at OISE-University of Toronto, 2000-2006. Co-Editor Teacher-Librarian: the Journal for School Library Professionals. OSLA President 2002 and 2003. OLA President-elect 2006. North York Board of Education Award for Exceptional Achievement, 1997. OLA President's Award for Exceptional Achievement, 2002 (to TDSB Libraries team). OSLA Award for Special Achievement, 2005.
Mentor to: Anita Brooks Kirkland, Library Consultant, ITS, Waterloo Region District School Board
Esther has been a great inspiration to me, particularly during her term as president of OSLA. Her knowledge of school library programs and issues and especially her knowledge of the politics of advocacy were a true inspiration. Esther speaks with a strong voice, and has been a huge asset to school library advocacy in Ontario. What I really appreciate about Esther is her ability to empower others. Around the council table she inspired all of us to give our best. She is a powerhouse with a heart of gold. Her confidence in me was a huge influence on my continued involvement in OSLA.
Anita Brooks Kirkland
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