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OPL announces 2019-2022 Board of Trustees

OAKVILLE, ON – Oakville Public Library (OPL) has announced its 2019-2022 board, which includes five incumbents and four newly ratified members, to lead the library’s ambitious strategic vision.

“The board is excited to welcome the new members who represent the diverse range of stakeholders OPL serves, and highlight the professional excellence we have in the Oakville community,” says Ward 5 Councillor Jeff Knoll, board chair. “Our new colleagues’ expertise and experience builds upon the skills of our current board, and will complete this strong team of individuals passionate about the transformative power of public libraries.”

The board stewards OPL’s strategic direction and provides sound legal and ethical governance, in addition to engaging in library advocacy and ambassadorship.

The 2019-2022 board table is geographically and professionally diverse: “As a skills-based board, all our members bring a variety of business, leadership and cultural competencies to OPL, as well as representation from all seven wards,” adds Knoll.

This board is also tasked with completing OPL’s 2016-2019 strategic plan, which will deliver on the promises to extend community engagement beyond the library’s physical footprint, create a welcoming community commons and provide enhanced opportunities for children and teens.

The newly ratified board members are:

Paul McIntyre Royston– A proud father of five daughters, his wife Christine and him have lived in Oakville for two years and grew up in Southern Ontario. His current role as CEO of the Canadian Olympic Foundation is to engage Canadians in sport philanthropy by inspiring them through the impact they can make. Previously, he worked at the Calgary Public Library and Foundation where he served as Director, External Relations and President & CEO, respectively. Paul had the privilege to lead the re-brand of the Library system and build the $350 million Add In Campaign for Calgary’s Library. He is grateful for the amazing career experiences offered at Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation, Sunnybrook Foundation, the University of Waterloo and Katimavik.

Andrew Cashman – 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. 

Susan Fanelli – 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 – Councillor Haslett-Theall has her Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation and has worked in strategic human resources for over 30 years, most recently as a consultant for manufacturing, small business and professional services. She was also the co-founder of a coalition of 11 Resident Associations to champion “fair geographic distribution of community services”. Councillor Haslett-Theall and her family have been residents of Ward 3 since 1991.

The new members will join incumbents Councillor Jeff Knoll (board chair), Steven Bright (vice-chair), Preet Sekhon, Pankaj Sardana and Bill Smith to make up the 2019-2022 board.

More information: OPL Library Board

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