Alice Solyma Professional Development Bursary

The inaugural Alice Solyma Professional Development Bursary will be awarded at the 2016 Western Canada Chapter AGM or year-end event in Vancouver. Valued at $500 CAD, the bursary will be awarded every second year to an SLA WCC member pursuing a training opportunity they feel will support their desired career trajectory.  Our members are charting exciting new career paths – often without financial support from an employer and this bursary is intended to fill that gap.

This bursary honours the memory of dedicated SLA WCC member, Alice Solyma. Alice served as Vancouver Island Director from 1993-1999 and received the chapter’s 2011 Information Professional award. A longtime employee of the federal government, Alice was committed to professional development. In recent years, she had become interested in records management and digital archiving and planned on taking her career in this direction at the time of her passing.

In the year that the bursary is awarded, applications should be submitted to the WCC President for consideration by the Awards Committee in early Fall. Applicants or their institutions must be SLA members in good standing.

The application consists of a short submission (max. 350 word) outlining:

  1. The professional development opportunity you are seeking funding for (possible activities include conferences, workshops, in-person or online courses).
  2. The estimated total cost.
  3. A brief explanation of how it will further your career goals.

Recipients of the Alice Solyma Professional Development Bursary

2016 – Carolyn Soltau, Vancouver, British Columbia
Carolyn currently works as a newspaper librarian with the Vancouver Sun and The Province newsrooms. She served Western Canada Chapter as the Vancouver Director for 2015 and 2016. Carolyn received $500 towards her registration for the 2017 SLA conference in Phoenix, AZ.

Historical Notes

Starting in 2007, SLA WCC offered a travel grant to a new information professional attending the SLA Conference for the first time. The Chapter provided up to $1500 CDN towards registration and travel expenses. This award was discontinued as members increasingly found value in more local professional development activities, and the cost of the annual SLA conference exceeded the travel grant value. Upon the passing of long-time WCC member Alice Solyma, the value of the Travel Grant was combined with a generous gift from her estate to fund the long-term health of a Alice Solyma Professional Development Bursary.

Recipients of the Former Travel Grant

2011 – Rachel Zhao, Edmonton, Alberta
Rachel graduated in 2007 and currently works as a librarian with Alberta Health Services Libraries. Rachel will be reporting on her conference experience in the summer issue of Wired West.

2008 – Desy Wahyuni, Vancouver, British Columbia
Desy Wahyuni is a recent graduate of the MLIS program from the University of British Columbia. Desy will receive $1500 to be used towards attending the 2009 conference.

2007 – Karen Sawatzky, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Karen graduatee from the Library and Information Technology program at Red River College in Winnipeg in 2003. Karen is the recipient of registration at the 2008 SLA Conference in Seattle, and $1000 towards travel expenses.