Liz Hoffman Memorial Fund

The Liz Hoffman Millennium Library Memorial Fund honours the life and work of Liz Hoffman, a distinguished leader and advocate for Canadian public libraries. It also commemorates Liz’s longstanding exemplary volunteer service as well as her outstanding work and dedication in her role as Chair of the Education Committee, Millennium Library Community Campaign, Winnipeg Library Foundation.

Liz was a distinguished builder and leader in two primary but connected areas. Her work as ombudsperson and her contribution to the field have been widely recognized in Canada and beyond, as has her contribution to Canadian public libraries and national information policies. Among other major accomplishments in these latter areas, as Past President of the Ontario Public Library Association she chaired the development of the Ontario Public Library Strategic Plan, served on the Executive of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, and was founding chair of Canada’s Coalition for Public Information.

The Fund in Liz Hoffman’s name was established by members of the former Community Campaign Education Committee with the objective of creating a living and growing memorial. This memorial will continue to celebrate Liz’s outstanding contributions by building library collections in areas that connect in content to her working and volunteer interests. The Fund will build Winnipeg Public Library collections in the areas of ombuds theory and practice, human rights, conflict resolution, national information policy and practice,  and information and library systems theory, management and practice.

The Fund is administered jointly by the Winnipeg Library Foundation and the Winnipeg Public Library. Donations to the Fund can be made through the Winnipeg Library Foundation.