MSLA Outstanding Teacher-Librarian of the Year Award,

In Memory of Lois Gervais


Bairdmore School

Pembina Trails School Division

Alison Bodner started as a teacher with the Assiniboine South School Division in September of 1987 at Pacific Junction School. In September of 1991 until June of 1997, Alison worked half-time at Pacific Junction and half-time at Beaumont School. Alison began and completed her post-baccalaureate in library studies at the University of Manitoba while she was working at Pacific Junction School.  From September 1997 until June of 2007, Alison was the teacher-librarian and Gifted Program teacher at Pacific Junction. She was then hired by Rob Gendron, principal of Bairdmore at that time, to be the teacher-librarian at Bairdmore from September of 2007 until present day.


During the 1996 school year, Alison participated in a teacher exchange to Geranium, Australia as a 0.5 time Teacher-Librarian and 0.5 time Gr.5-7 combined class.

Alison has consistently volunteered to work with the Manitoba School Library Association.  Moreover, she was one of three teacher-librarians in Pembina Trails to be asked to share her knowledge about her leadership role as a teacher-librarian at the 2018 Interdivisional Learning Commons Day. Alison hosted an Ignite session for a teacher-librarians’ Learning Day from Pembina Trails, River East Transcona, Louis Riel, and Winnipeg school divisions where she presented on the power of collaboration in the library learning commons.


Alison has had a variety of positions on the MSLA executive throughout numerous years. Some of the positions have included: President-Elect, President, Past President, Webmaster, and most recently, Membership.


Alison has also been a member of numerous Provincial Committees/Groups including:

Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Awards, I Love to Read Day events, and Canadian Images Canadienne.



MSLA Outstanding Library Support Staff of the Year,

In Memory of Lois Gervais 


Chancellor School

Pembina Trails School Division

Samantha began her journey to the libraries in Pembina Trails almost 10 years ago. After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in history and working in the grain industry for many years, she decided to enroll at Red River College in 2009 to obtain her diploma in Library and Information Technology.  While taking LIT courses, Samantha began substituting in 2012 and substituted in nearly all of Pembina Trails School Division libraries over the next two years. Since graduating with honours in 2015, she has worked at Fort Richmond Collegiate, Ryerson, Ralph Maybank and Chancellor Schools.


Through Red River College, Samantha has experience not only working in school libraries but also the Elizabeth Dafoe Library at the University of Manitoba, the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Winnipeg Archives and the Anglican Diocese of Rupert’s Land Archives. Samantha is particularly proud to have had a part in the Anglican Diocese’s Truth and Reconciliation submission. She assisted in proofreading, processing and labelling records and the final records delivery to the TRC.


Samantha is a member of the Reading Council of Greater Winnipeg and this past year, she also presented to the Library Technician students at Red River Community College along with Jo-Anne Gibson. Her presentation highlighted the everyday exciting experience of working in a school library and collaborating with teacher librarians and all other school staff.


Samantha is an enthusiastic, energetic and efficient library technician that works collaboratively with all staff and supports all of our students. She is a lifelong learner, who has an insatiable appetite for all types of literature and non-fiction. When sharing new materials with students and staff, her excitement is difficult to contain.  Chancellor staff and students are lucky to share this amazing staff member every day as she brightens our library learning commons in many ways.


Our Library Learning commons is alive and vibrant with books, puppets (all catalogued of course), artifacts, learning resources and signage that invites everyone in our school community to the heart of the school. We see huge letters cut out from old books, magazines or comics that display – Everyone, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Graphic Novels and Magazines. Corner displays with catchy and funny sayings tied in with books, catches peoples’ attention as they walk by.


Samantha is knowledgeable and effective to support various technology needs for our staff and students. Whether it be online resources, databases,  iPads, computers, laptops, audio books, password resets or technology requests, Samantha is able to guide and problem-solve with our school community. Again, whenever possible, she uses these opportunities as teachable moments.


Overall, Samantha is a passionate advocate of libraries. She sees libraries as centers of learning, reading, thinking, collaborating, and problem solving. Samantha is a co-creator and architect of our Library Learning Commons. She promotes the concepts of equity and sustainability that these centers of excellence are all about.




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