Patsy Aldana Appointed to the Order of Canada

IBBY Canada congratulates Patricia Aldana on her recent appointment as a Member of the Order of Canada. Patsy was one of 54 new appointments announced by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada. The Order of Canada recognizes a “lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to community and service to the nation.” We were particularly pleased to see that Patsy’s citation recognized “her contributions to children’s publishing in Canada and around the world.” The announcement is available to view here.

Founder of Groundwood Books, one of Canada’s pioneer and pre-eminent publishers of outstanding children’s books, Patsy has been a tireless advocate for children and reading through her leadership roles in publishing associations, school library coalitions and the TD National Reading Summits.

During her recent four-year tenure as the President of IBBY, Patsy forged new partnerships with like-minded organizations, strengthened the national sections, and worked tirelessly for the the Children in Crisis and The Child’s Right to Become a Reader programs. Her efforts were highlighted in a January 2011 Globe and Mail editorial, available here.

Our warmest congratulations to a remarkable woman!