Two Moosonee moms, Connie Hergott and Theresa Crown, were honoured on May 26 for their contributions to literary development in their community.

The James Bay Chapter of the Ontario Association of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists (OSLA) presented the award to Hergott and Crown for their work with The Dolly Parton Imagination Library by helping children with their language and literacy progression. As well as the award, a donation was given to support the foundation in Moosonee.

Thanks to them, over 100 children under the age of five who have signed up in Moosonee can now receive one book per month until their fifth birthday. The books are carefully selected by professionals to assist children in preparing their reading skills before kindergarten. Both Hergott and Crown, who worked very hard on achieving this goal, were thrilled to receive recognition for their efforts.
The Dolly Parton Imagination Library is a foundation that supports children’s language development all over Canada since 2006. It was launched by Invest in Kids along with The Dollywood Foundation in Canada.

Donations are welcomed by the Moosonee Imagination Library. Cheques or money orders marked “Moosonee” can be sent to: Krista Lamb, Manager, Media Relations and Publicity, Invest in Kids, 425 Adelaide St. W, 6th floor, Toronto, ON, M5V 3CI.

For more information on how to start an Imagination Library program in your community, call I -877-583-KIDS #293 or visit or