Receiving recognition 720 x 1280 copy 2

2019
IBBY Ghana Meshack Asare Prize, Accra, Ghana
Ghanaian illustrator Edmund Opare received this honour for his illustrations in City Sounds, an OCLF book by Kathy Knowles.

2018
OLF librarians were honoured with citations from the Ghana Reads Initiative, Accra, Ghana. (see above photo)

2016
Nana and Me, an OCLF publication, received an “Honour Award” from the Africana Children’s Book Award jury, Washington, D.C.

2013
Kathy Knowles received the YMCA-YWCA Peace Medallion, Winnipeg, Canada.

Kathy Knowles received a Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects, USA.

Kathy Knowles received a Canadian Governor General’s Medallion Award, Accra, Ghana.
Your efforts to give Ghanaian children the opportunity to immerse themselves in the wonderful world of literature have brought our two countries closer together.” David Johnson

2010
Kathy Knowles was named of of one of Canada’s 25 Transformational Canadians. This honour recognizes individuals, “who through their vision, leadership and action, are catalysts for transformational change.

OCLF was awarded the IBBY*-Asahi Reading Promotion Award, in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. * International Board on Books for Young People

Kathy Knowles received the Order of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada.

2009
Kathy Knowles received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws in the Field of Education, Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada.

2006
Kathy Knowles was recognized as an Honorary Fellow of the Ghana Library Association, Accra, Ghana.
For her untiring efforts and contributions, insatiable interest and commitment to various activities aimed at developing and promoting libraries and the library profession in Ghana.”

2004
Kathy Knowles received a Ghanaian/Canadian Special Achievement Award, Toronto, Canada

2002
Kathy Knowles received the Lewis Perinbam Award for International Development, Ottawa, Canada.

2001
Kathy Knowles received a Meritorious Service Medal, Ottawa, Canada.
 “Through her labour of love promoting literacy and education, Kathryn Knowles has enriched the lives of many children half a world away and brought great honour to Canada.” Governor General Adrienne Clarkson

2000
Kathy Knowles received a YWCA Woman of Distinction Award, Winnipeg, Canada.