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Mary Donaldson Award of Merit


This award is given annually to a student who is enrolled in a library and information technology program in Canada and has completed at least one semester. Preference will be given to candidates who are residents of Saskatchewan and/or have strong Saskatchewan connections.

Applications open on January 15 and will close on March 1, 2024.

Selection Criteria

The award recipient is chosen based on a combination of excellence in academic standing, a letter of recommendation from a faculty member in the program, and a commitment to work in Saskatchewan as explained in a cover letter.

Applications for this award must include:

  1. A completed Mary Donaldson Award of Merit online application form;
  2. A cover letter that includes your connection to Saskatchewan and/or your commitment to working in Saskatchewan;
  3. Official transcripts from your academic institution; and,
  4. A reference letter from a faculty member of your academic institution.

For more information about the award please contact the SLA office by phone at 306-780-3633 or email at

Distribution of Award Funds

This award is presented as a cheque in the amount of $1,200. In addition to the award, the recipient also receives complimentary registration to that year’s Saskatchewan Libraries Conference and a one-year complimentary individual membership in SLA.

Award History

The Mary Donaldson Memorial Trust was established in 1966 to honour the memory of Mary Donaldson, who was Saskatchewan’s first Provincial Librarian from 1951 until her death in 1966. The Mary Donaldson Award of Merit was subsequently established in 1977, and has since been given out annually.

Value of Award:


Application Deadline

March 1, 2024

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Jaydan Harrison wears a dark blue suit with a white shirt and a patterned tie. He has black hair and dark eyes and smiles at the camera.Congratulations to our 2023 Recipient!

Jaydan Harrison was the 2023 recipient of the Mary Donaldson Award of Merit.

Jaydan was raised in Dysart, SK and originally planned to study public policy, but after a year of university, he transferred into the Library & Information Technology program at Saskatchewan Polytechnic. He discovered that library and information science was a perfect fit with his interests and passions. He will graduate in Spring 2024 and hopes to eventually pursue an MLIS. Within his career, he hopes to increase awareness and services for libraries in rural areas.


1977 Charlotte Vanstone
1978 Debra McKnight
1979 Dawn Snedker
1980 Anita Hauck
1981 Jaclyn Shanks
1982 Dawna St. Marie
1983 Marilyn Lorenz
1984 Doreen Cutting
1985 Mary Conway
1986 Cindy Brenholen
1987 Christel McConachie
1989 Nancy Groat
1990 Donna Marie Cooke
1991 Roxanne Harde
1992 Eleanor Funk
1993 Marlene Kozak
1994 Judy Curren
1995 Katherine Bennet
1996 Eleasa Exner
1997 No award given
1998 Susan Rudolph
1999 No award given

2000 Marion Amyotte
2001 Susan Botari
2002 Darla Allen
2003 Justina Portland Datta
2004 Danielle Demers
2005 Angela Schnell
2006 Tamara Shiels
2007 Cui Yan (Wendy) Lu
2008 Hongru Liu
2009 Danielle Lees
2010 Erin Klis
2014 Gail Lasiuk
2015 James Nobel
2016 Brittany Pickering
2017 Laura Greenshields
2018 Brittany Schmidt
2019 Nicole Riguidel
2020 Toby Cocks
2021 Erica Hartman
2022 Katrina Matt
2023 Jaydan Harrison