The Martin Library Honors Committee announced its selection of Victoria Connor as its 2022 Spring Honoree. Victoria has served the York community in a variety of roles over the years and will be recognized in a virtual honors ceremony on May 25, 2022 at 5:00pm via Zoom. To make a contribution in honor of Victoria, please click here.
Victoria A. Connor has served as the CEO of the York County Bar Association, and its charitable arm, the York County Bar Foundation since 2011. During her tenure, the Bar Foundation has become York’s largest private funder of law-related programs connected to supporting the courts and addressing the needs of the community’s most vulnerable citizens whose lives intersect with the justice system.
Victoria’s love of libraries began as a child when her teachers would read books during story time. Students would then have a chance to go the school’s library where she always hit the checkout limit. Later, visits to the local public library became a favorite pastime with her children. With many programs, media resources, clubs and events, libraries have always been more than just books.
Victoria resides in York with her husband, Mike. They are the proud parents of daughter, Brittany, and son, Michael.
Victoria is involved in many national, state, and local professional and civic organizations. In 2020, she received four significant honors in recognition of her leadership and community service: named a Circle of Excellence honoree among the Women of Influence by the Central Penn Business Journal, received the Athena International Leadership Award from the York County Economic Alliance, the Arthur J. Birdsall Award from the Pennsylvania County Conference of Bar Leaders, and the Distinguished Citizenship Award from the B.P.O.E. Lodge 213. Victoria was named a York Federal Fellow in 2014, Grand Marshal of the York Saint Patrick Day Parade in 2015, and Grand Marshal of the York Halloween Parade in 2011.
Victoria was a member of Performing Arts for Children which raised funds for its “Page to Stage” program to cover the cost of children’s books and tickets for a live theatre show on the stage at the Strand-Capitol – now the Appell Center. Volunteers would read and donate a copy of the book such as Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar along with the tickets for the stage show to elementary school classrooms throughout York County. Students who never experienced the magic of live theatre bringing a book to life had the opportunity to see the performance at no charge.
Most recently, she has been instrumental in establishing a Reading Ready Corner at the judicial center in conjunction with the United Way and having the artwork of the winner of the Bar’s elementary/middle school Law Day bookmark design contest printed on bookmarks that are distributed free at York County Libraries.
A key component of the Martin Honors event is to establish a perpetual fund to purchase books in the name of the honoree. Contributions are welcome anytime by donating securely online or by mail to:
Martin Library Honors Fund159 East Market Street York, PA 17401
Community members interested in attending the May 25 celebration honoring Victoria Connor should RSVP online here or call Bridget Vigue at (717) 849-6979.