Student Scholarship and Conference Travel Bursaries Awarded

by Susie Breier

Date Written: March 18, 2015

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2015 ABQLA Student Scholarship and Travel Bursaries. This year’s winners were selected amongst a group of outstanding applicants. Let’s take a minute to meet them.

Student Scholarship Recipient: Cassandra Ricafort

Cassandra Ricafort, currently finishing her last year of an MLIS degree at McGill, previously graduated with a BA in Honours Classics at Concordia University. Cassandra is currently working as a librarian at the Family Resource Centre & Library at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, while serving as President of the ABQLA McGill Student Chapter and Coordinator of the Association of Canadian Archivists McGill Student Chapter. Passionate about helping others, she is looking forward to beginning a professional career in the librarianship field and continuing her involvement with the ABQLA.

Travel Bursary Recipients: Christine Smith and Naz Torabi

Christine Smith is the Head Librarian at Bishop’s College School in Sherbrooke, Quebec. She has held a wide range of roles in the information sector, including positions at university, public, school and special libraries. Christine is an active member of professional associations, sitting on the Boards of Directors of the Corporation des bibliothécaires professionnels du Québec and the Association pour la promotion des services documentaires scolaires in addition to holding roles on numerous ABQLA committees. She is also Co-moderator of the Canadian Library Association’s Montreal Network and the Canada Ambassador to the International Librarians Network. Our Travel Bursary will help Christine attend the August 2015 IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Cape Town, South Africa.

Naz Torabi became Health Sciences Librarian at McGill University in March 2014. She began her career as a nursing librarian at Western University, where she also held a position as the Research and Instructional Librarian for the Schulich School of Medicine. Naz’s library conference and association credits include acting as Program Committee Co-Chair for WILU last year and serving as Vice President, President and Past President for the Southern Ontario Health Libraries Information Network before coming to Montreal. Her research interests focus on the evolving role of academic librarians in support of research and teaching in higher education. Our Travel Bursary will help Naz attend the June 2015 Canadian Health Library Association Conference in in Vancouver, BC.