October 21, 2016, TORONTO — Today, CNIB awarded the Dr. Dayton M. Forman Memorial Award for 2016 to the late Rosemary Kavanagh for her dedication and tireless efforts over the years to ensure that people who are blind or partially sighted had access to equitable library service.
The award, established by the CNIB Library Board in 1996, recognizes outstanding leadership in the advancement of library and information services for Canadians living with vision loss or print disabilities.
“I’ve known Rosemary since she joined the senior CNIB staff as Executive Director of the Library in 1991,” said Jim Sanders, past CNIB President and CEO. “I witnessed first-hand the almost immediate transformation of CNIB Library services. She was at the forefront of the analog-to-digital conversion of both the production and distribution of alternate format materials, and I continue to benefit personally by the unprecedented access to information that was for so long unavailable to those of us with print disabilities.”
Rosemary constantly imagined new ways to offer services for CNIB library users and, more generally, people with print disabilities. She was a strategic thinker who was passionate about the role of non-profits in societal development and change, particularly as it related to people with vision loss.
“My mother was passionate about education and felt it was the lynchpin of transforming society,” said Laura Kavanagh, Rosemary’s daughter. “To my mother, the cornerstone of education was information, with access to this information being the most powerful thing that you could give to someone. She would have been thrilled to receive this acknowledgement and award.”
Rosemary is remembered for her commitment, passion, and her achievement in helping advance library services for those with print disabilities at home and abroad.
CNIB is a registered charity, passionately providing community-based support, knowledge and a national voice to ensure Canadians who are blind or partially sighted have the confidence, skills and opportunities to fully participate in life. For more information, visit www.cnib.ca.
About the Dr. Dayton M. Forman Memorial Award
The award was established by the CNIB Library Board in 1996 and recognizes outstanding leadership in the advancement of library and information services for Canadians living with vision loss. The award is offered in tribute to Dr. Dayton M. Forman, an exceptional humanitarian and long-standing CNIB volunteer, who exemplified the leadership required to make a difference in the lives of Canadians who cannot easily access printed material.
Caption: Presentation of the 2016 Dr. Dayton M. Forman Memorial Award to Laura Kavanagh, daughter of Rosemary Kavanagh winner of the award.
[left to right]
Jim Sanders, C.M., Past President and CEO, CNIB; Laura Kavanagh, daughter of the late Rosemary Kavanagh; Kevin Burns, Member of the CNIB National Board of Directors
For more information:
Joy Charlton, Executive Assistant, CNIB
T: 416-486-2500 Ext. 7522