Oakville Public Library (OPL) is a community hub, providing inclusive, barrier-free spaces for Oakville residents to learn, create and grow. The library is governed by the OPL Board, who work in conjunction with library staff to provide the community with resources and programs for all.
2022 Oakville Public Library Board
Board Members can be contacted through Krystyna Ransome at 905-815-2042 x. 5023, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Councillor Jeff Knoll
Councillor Jeff Knoll has served as Oakville’s Ward 5 Regional and Town Councillor since being first elected in 2000 and re-elected in subsequent elections in 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018. A local entrepreneur and employer, he is also the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Film.Ca Cinemas in Oakville.
As Town and Regional Councillor, he has served on almost every committee and board of the town and region on behalf of the residents of Ward 5. He is currently a member of the Halton Police Services Board, President of the Halton Community Housing Corporation and is Chair of the Oakville Public Library. Knoll is also a member of the Oakville Administrative Services Committee and the Halton Health and Social Services Committee.
In addition to his current committee and board experience, he has also served on the boards of the Halton Health Care Services Corporation, the Halton Children’s Aid Society, the Oakville & Milton Humane Society and as the Halton representative on the Community Environment and Noise Advisory Committee at the GTAA (Toronto Pearson Airport).
Outside of his Council responsibilities, he is a member of the Oakville Chamber of Commerce and is a member and active volunteer with the Oak Park Neighbourhood Centre where his wife Michelle is the Executive Director. He is also a long-time member, former chairman and the current group sponsor of the 1st Trafalgar Scouts, and a founding member and volunteer with the Trafalgar Township Historical Society, a Member of the Rotary Club of Oakville Trafalgar and the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 114.
Jeff’s life-long interests in the film industry stem from a part-time job at a local movie theatre he had as a young teen in Windsor, where he grew up. He went on to study Political Science and Communications (film and television) at the University of Windsor. He holds memberships in the Canadian Media Producers Association and is a voting member of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television.
Jeff and Michelle have lived in Oak Park for 19 years, where they’ve raised five children, and enjoy time with their four grandchildren and rambunctious rescue beagle, Roxas.
A highly experienced communications professional, Steven has worked with a variety of non-profit, private sector and government organizations for more than 20 years. These include BMO Financial, TSX Group, the Coast to Coast Against Cancer Foundation and CBC Sports. A self-employed communications consultant and writer since 2011, Steven helps his clients strategically articulate and project their voice in the public dialogue.
Active in the Oakville community, Steven was director and then vice president of government relations and policy for the Oakville Chamber of Commerce for three years. He volunteers with the Oakville Community Foundation, and was a coach with the Oakville Soccer Club for many years.
Born in Oakville, Steven has degrees from McGill University [B.A. (Hons), History], Western University [M.A., Journalism], and The Royal Military College of Canada [M.A., War Studies]. He completed the Canadian Securities Course and the Ivey Business School course in Strategic Investor Relations. Steven and his wife are raising their two daughters in the River Oaks area.
Meredith Burke is an experienced fundraising professional and holds the role of Senior Director, Resource Development at United Way Halton & Hamilton. In addition to 10 years with United Way, Meredith has also managed national campaigns with UNICEF Canada. Meredith holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business (York University) and a BBA from Wilfrid Laurier University. As a life-long Oakville resident, Meredith grew up using Oakville Public Library amenities and now her two school-aged children are enjoying using the programs and services too. Meredith is also an active Oakville School/Parent Council member.
An experienced marketing and sales business consultant, Andrew holds a degree in Psychology from the University of Waterloo and has several years of progressive experience in the consumer packaged goods, retail service and B2B industries. Andrew’s expertise lies in branding and marketing strategy. In his spare time, Andrew is an active community volunteer with Scouts Canada in Oakville and participates in many other community activities and events.
Savanna Chiblow is a 2Spirit Anishinaabe from Mississaugi First Nation. They hold an Honours Bachelor of Journalism degree from Humber College and have over seven years of experience working as a digital communications storyteller and community builder. Savanna is currently the Indigenous Community Engagement Coordinator at Humber College and casually works on digital and web contracts. They currently sit on the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto and Oakville Public Library board of directors. They live within Treaty #14/#22 with their partner, three cats, and a rez dog. When they’re not working, Savanna beads earrings and pins while watching Netflix.
An active member of the community, Susan was born in Oakville, graduated from the University of Toronto, and returned to Oakville to raise her family. In her 33-year career with the Town of Oakville, she worked on many recreation portfolios including aquatics, programming and youth services. Most recently, she was the first manager of the Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre, where she worked closely with residents to develop a comprehensive and unique facility to meet community needs.
Councillor Janet Haslett-Theall was elected Town Councillor for Ward 3 in October 2018.
Councillor Haslett-Theall is a proud graduate of Trent University and Rotman School of Management in Strategic Human Resources, with her Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation. She has worked as a Human Resources Professional for 30 years; the last fourteen as a consultant/ombudsperson for manufacturing, small business and professional services.
She has been an active community volunteer for the past 12 years, including chairing the EJ James Public School Council and 9 years as the president Joshua Creek Residents Association. She was the co- founder of a coalition of 11 Resident Associations to champion “fair geographic distribution of community services”. This volunteer effort resulted in Town Council’s approval of two community centres: Trafalgar Park Community Centre (the old Oakville Arena) and the Southeast Community Centre.
Councillor Haslett-Theall, her husband Larry and three children have been residents of Ward 3 since 1991.
Pankaj Sardana has over 30 years of experience in the energy sector with the past 17 years at the executive level. Mr. Sardana gained his energy sector experience with The Ontario Ministry of Energy, The Consumers’ Gas Company, Ontario Hydro, the Independent Electricity System Operator, Toronto Hydro Corporation, Ontario Power Generation, and Guelph Hydro.
Mr. Sardana has in-depth knowledge of finance and financial markets, regulatory affairs, treasury operations, electricity markets and rate structures, rate design, load forecasting, and conservation and demand management. Mr. Sardana has a master’s degree in economics from the University of Waterloo, and is a chartered financial analyst.
Bill retired in July 2016 having spent his entire career (38 years) with CIBC in various positions including 25 years in Mid-Market Commercial Banking. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers (FICB). Bill, a graduate of Illinois State University (Marketing major), lived with his family in the US for 18 years. Upon graduation in 1977, Bill moved back to the Toronto area. He and his wife Debbie were married in 1980, have two grown children – and one (at this point) very spoiled cat.
Bill has lived in Oakville for over 33 years and has been an active member in the community beginning some 25 years ago when he was a scout leader (11th Oakville) for approximately 10 years. Since then, he has been involved in a number of not-for-profit organizations. Bill is currently the Board Chair of the Oakville Arts Council, a Director on the Halton & Hamilton United Way Campaign Cabinet, and a volunteer with the Northeast Oakville Fair. Previously, Bill was the Board Chair of the Oakville Community Foundation, Board Chair of CommUnity Arts Space, Board Chair of the Oakville Waterfront Festival, member of the Oakville Community Foundation Advisory Council, member of the Town of Oakville Environmental Strategic Plan Advisory Committee and member of the Town of Oakville Cultural Hub Committee. In his spare time, Bill enjoys travelling, running, sailing and generally enjoying retirement.