Photo: FOPLA volunteer Heather Murphy poses with OPL CEO Danielle McDonald and DCEO Monique Désormeaux after receiving her award.

A huge congratulations to our long-serving volunteer, Heather Murphy, who was recently awarded the Province of Ontario’s Senior of the Year Award for the Municipality of Ottawa at a June 14th City Council meeting.

Heather was presented the award by Ottawa Mayor, Jim Watson, in recognition of outstanding contributions to her community after the age of 65. The Board and other FOPLA volunteers were delighted to hear Heather would receive this extremely well-deserved recognition, and we’re extremely proud of her accomplishment.

Heather has served on the FOPLA Board of Directors since 2007 as the Local Committee Representative for Kanata. In addition, she has also held the positions of Vice-President and Secretary. As Local Committee Representative for Kanata, she oversees 60 volunteers working at FOPLA book sales in the Beaverbrook, Hazeldean, and Carp branches of the Ottawa Public Library. Heather is also the Store Manager for the Hazeldean Branch, and serves on the Coordination Team at Beaverbrook.

“I am incredibly honoured to have been selected to receive this award from amongst all the wonderful seniors in Ottawa who devote their time, energy and talents to making this a better community in which to live,” said Heather as she accepted the award. “I have worked or volunteered in libraries on and off since I was about 10 years old, and very much believe in their value to the community.”

Heather is the only active Board member who was part of the original management team to open FOPLA’s first location in Kanata at the Hazeldean Branch in the fall of 2007. She also oversaw the opening of the FOPLA bookstore at the new Beaverbrook Branch in the fall of 2014, which is now one of Ottawa’s fastest growing communities.

Her support of Ottawa’s public library system over the years have been significant. Since the creation of Heather’s Local Committee in Kanata in 2007, FOPLA book sales in her area have reached $180,000.

Congratulations Heather from everyone at FOPLA, and we hope to have you as a volunteer for many years to come! We could not be successful without the hard work and dedication of volunteers like you.