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Alberta Wilderness Resource Centre

Roger Creasey Memorial Library


The Roger Creasey Memorial Library named in memory of Roger in 2003, is AWA’s resource centre, library and world class collection on all things wilderness in the province of Alberta. The Library is known to be a unique and vital collection that tells the history and provides a corporate memory of wilderness in Alberta. A specialized resource centre, the holdings are in large part one-of-a-kind and have supported many users from a wide demographic. A resource centre facility has been built in the lower level of AWA’s office building the Hillhurst Cottage School in Calgary. The resources have been organized and in some cases, catalogued. We are currently in the midst of the next stage in the resource centre’s development. At the completion of this phase, an online catalogue of AWA’s extensive wilderness library collection and archives will be available through the Alberta Wilderness Association’s (AWA’s) website,, as well as full-text access to selected publications, reports and documents.

Dr. S. Bray

Dr. Shirley Bray directed the centre from 2001 to 2007 and organized the collection into a comprehensive and structured resource and information centre, customized to wilderness issues and areas in Alberta. AWA is greatly appreciative of the contribution Shirley made. The basement was transformed from stacks of boxes, other storage and a dirty forgotten part of the building into a bright and welcoming facility for research, meetings and our one-of-a kind library.

AWA is grateful that throughout the years many individuals have contributed to the collection and continue to contribute, making it such a valuable resource that tells the history of wilderness and wildlife in Alberta.  Every contribution is sincerely appreciated.  As we carefully launched our ideas for the library and this resource centre, there were some who were able to contribute not only to the collection but to the finances needed to complete the physical structure required for the library.  These sponsors and supporters who believed in the idea and supported this part of AWA’s library development are listed below.  Most recently AWA is appreciative of the support received from Shell Canada, the Calgary Foundation and the Suncor Energy Foundation for our ongoing work.



Alberta Community Facility enhancement Program
Alberta Ecotrust
Alberta sport Recreation Parks and Wildlife Foundation
Canada Trust Friends of the Environment
Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers
Docken and Company
Nexen Inc
Suncor Energy Foundation
Ventus Energy


Dr. Richard Pharis
Vivian Pharis
Raymond Sloan
Archie Landals
Tom O’Keefe
Christyann Olson
Dr. Herbert G. Kariel
Ross Evans


Michael Bloomfield
John Eisenhauer
Cliff Wallis
Bob Blaxley
Brad Stelfox
Peter Sherrington


Dorothy Dickson
Daniel Olson
Will Farrington
Heather Sloan

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