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Mabel Dunham Biography

Mabel Dunham

Dr. B. Mabel Dunham
 was chief librarian at the Kitchener Public Library from 1908 to 1944 and the first woman in Canada to hold such a position. While there, she built up the library's collections, especially the excellent reference collection. As well she initiated such programs as the Children's Story Hour. As an author she contributed to the cultural heritage of Waterloo Region through such books as The Trail of the Conestoga and Grand River.

In her honour the Dr. B. Mabel Dunham Fund was established in 1985 and was increased by a generous donation in 1992 bequeathed from Carolyn Haehnel, a fellow member of CFUW K-W and a teacher, thus establishing the Carolyn Haehnel/Dr. B. Mabel Dunham Fund which makes this award possible.