Saturday, May 2, 2009

Ross Davidson Receives the 2009 Distinguished Service Award

In Circulation: 2009 May 1

The BC Teacher-Librarians' Association is pleased to announce that Ross Davidson is the recipient of the 2009 Distinguished Service Award.

Ross is currently the principal of Scott Creek Middle School in Coquitlam. Prior to this, he was principal of Moody Middle School. It was at Moody that Ross founded in partnership with a team of principals and vice-principals the Hog Wild About Reading motorcycle ride campaign which for the past nine years has raised funds for school library collections in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, and Anmore. Since its inception, the Hog Wild About Reading campaign has raised over $113,000 for school library collections in these communities. Each year, Ross has coordinated the ride, seeking donations from companies and individuals. For his development and continual efforts towards Hog Wild About Reading, Ross has been previously honoured by the Coquitlam Teacher-Librarians' Association and has been featured in Connected magazine.

Ross also strongly supports his school's library program as principal of Scott Creek Middle School. He has supported literacy in the school by ensuring library program is well serviced. In the past five years, he has maintained a full-time teacher-librarian position, even with decreasing enrolment and increasing pressure. He consistently ensures that the library budget is ample and supports the teacher-librarians' literacy initiatives in the school, such as the Drop Everything and Read campaign, school‐wide silent reading sessions, and an annual Literacy Conference for students. In addition, Ross sponsors poetry and writing contests for students through library.

The BCTLA will be pleased to recognize Ross Davidson, as the 2009 recipient of the Distinguished Service Award, in May in Coquitlam, B.C.