The University of Toronto Archives and Records Management Services is proud to celebrate Assistant University Archivist Harold Averill's receipt of the 2018 Volunteer Toronto Legacy Award for his longstanding volunteerism with the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (CLGA). The citation reads:
"Harold is dedicated to growing and maintaining Canada’s LGBTQ* history. Volunteering with the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives (CLGA) since its infancy, he has worn many hats, including chief archivist, president and board member.
Harold has shaped the CLGA into the influential organization that it is today—he was instrumental to achieving charitable status in 1981, ensuring doors remained open throughout the AIDS crisis, and has worked with the Operations Committee to locate, acquire, and process LGBTQ* material since its foundation. Harold is also a co-founder of the CLGA’s National Portrait Collection, a showcase of LGBTQ* Canadians who’ve made a significant cultural, social, or political impact.
In addition to his volunteer work at the CLGA—now over 500 hours annually—and his full-time job at the University of Toronto Archives, Harold also lent his time and experience to the Archivist Association of Ontario and the Toronto Area Archivists Group.”