Special award for Rachael Hind
From Emily Begbie - Assistant Head of Junior School, Teaching and Learning
Last Thursday evening Radford Junior School teacher librarian Rachael Hind was announced as the 2021 recipient of the Laurie Copping Award for Distinguished Service to Children’s Literature in the ACT. This is a biennial award of The Children’s Book Council of Australia ACT Branch.
The citation for this award bears testimony to Rachael’s exceptional commitment to promoting children’s literature in our community:
Rachael Hind is a professional teacher librarian who for many years has taught across several schools in the ACT. She quietly and ardently promotes the love of children's literature to students, colleagues and the wider ACT community in many ways.
She has been a committed volunteer, participant and attendee at local CBCAACT Branch activities including such events as "And the winner could be..." and "Ctayton's Night". She was a judge for the Make Your Own Story Book Competition. She was one of the CBCA National Nan Chauncy Award judges for 2019. She was the CBCA Book Week Visiting Author/Illustrator coordinator for the ACT Branch for 5 years. She has also held positions at ALIA (The Australian Library and Information Association) and CPTLA (Catholic Primary Teacher Librarian Association).
Her work has encouraged children to discuss and share their reading and to broaden their individual experiences. She actively involves her students in debates and forums, book discussion groups and planning CBCA Book Week activities. She has promoted children's literature inviting a diverse range of authors and illustrators to visit her schools and the larger ACT school community. She has passionately shared her love of children's books, supporting children to engage in libraries and reading.
Most recently Rachael initiated and coordinated the inaugural ACT Branch 2020 Reader's Cup, transferring the activity to an online event due to COVID-19 restrictions. She diligently worked for two years to plan and manage the activity, ensuring its on-going success.
For her significant and sustained contribution to the CBCA ACT Branch and their objectives and activities, we are honoured to present Rachael with this award.
Radford College warmly congratulates Rachael on this outstanding achievement.