Volunteer Calgary’s Leadership Awards is Calgary’s premier, community-focused volunteer recognition event. Established in 1997, these awards celebrate the contributions and accomplishments of outstanding volunteers in our community.
This year, the Calgary Public Library is proud to announce our nominees in the following categories:
Ali Tejpar and Sarena Dharshi: Leaders of Tomorrow
In the past three years, Ali Tejpar has volunteered an astounding 1615 hours of his time to a multiplicity of programs, events and initiatives that promote education, civic engagement and personal and community development. We are proud to have Ali as a member of our Reading Buddies team, where his warmth, positivity, and steadfast support are always welcome.
We are very pleased that Calgary Public Library volunteer Sarena Dharshi has been recognized with a nomination as well! Nominated by Red Deer Lake School, this junior high student has contributed over 50 hours to the Reading Buddies and Computer Buddies programs, quite impressive for a busy young student. Sarena is also very involved with volunteering at her school and in her community.
Azmin Poonja: Leaders in Volunteer Management
Azmin Poonja became Manager of the Volunteer Resources Department of the Calgary Public Library in January 2006. Since then, the Library has seen a steady growth in volunteer programs to meet the unique needs of children, teens, adults, seniors and persons with disabilities.
Under Azmin’s leadership, the Library has achieved a record number of volunteers contributing their time and skills. In 2009, 1680 volunteers contributed over 30,000 hours to 19 programs – wow! Through the support of our outstanding volunteers, the Library offers excellence in programming and is able to model the values of accessibility, diversity, innovation and commitment.
Congratulations to all of the nominees, and best of luck to each of you at the 14th Annual Leadership Awards on April 19th.