BOARD MEMBER BIOGRAPHIES
Lorraine Bourdeau. Ministerial. Lorraine was a library board member from 2006-2010. She is a retired teacher with 28 years of experience at the secondary level in Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry. Her majors were geography and library science. After retirement she was Chair of the Friends of the Crysler library until January 2007. She has been serving on Crysler Citizen Committee since 2011 and is treasurer for l’Union culturelle des Franco-Ontariennes de Crysler. Lorraine enjoys reading, cooking with her grandchildren and travelling.
Marylaine Canavan. (SOLS Board Chair) New Tecumseth, Trustee Council 4. Marylaine is an experienced professional in Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery, and Emergency Response. As a management consultant for more than 20 years she has worked in many industry sectors including energy, financial, manufacturing, health, government and pharmaceutical. Her career has allowed her to work within large corporations including IBM, GE, and Sun Life Financial, and as an entrepreneur to lead a dynamic consulting firm. Several years ago, Marylaine was involved in developing a comprehensive Business Continuity Program for the Newmarket Public Library. This endeavour rekindled a relationship with public library functions. Marylaine joined the New Tecumseth Public Library Board at the next opportunity and joined SOLS Trustees Council the following spring. Marylaine is currently Vice Chair of the New Tecumseth Library Board, Chair of the SOLS Trustees Council and responsible for the Business Continuity Program for the Independent Order of Foresters in Toronto, Ontario.
Brenda Carrigan. Clarington, Trustee Council 5. Brenda is Chair of Trustee Council 5. A professional librarian, Brenda's career spanned several countries (including Australia, the United Kingdom and Canada) and culminated with 29 years at the Oshawa Public Library from which she is currently retired.
Nancy Church. Brantford, Trustee Council 1. Nancy earned Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) and Bachelor of Laws degrees from the University of Western Ontario (now Western University), and a Master of Laws degree in securities law from Osgoode Hall Law School of York University. She completed the Directors Education Program of the Institute of Corporate Directors and Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and attained the ICD.D designation. Her legal career included work in governance and risk management at a major Canadian financial institution. She served on the public policy committee of the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance. A recently-retired lawyer, Nancy is in her first term with the Brantford Public Library Board.
Kimberly Grafton. Meaford, Trustee Council 3. Kim is a recent appointee to the Meaford Public Library Board. Prior to living in Meaford Kim had been working as a teaching assistant and studying part time at the University of Waterloo. Her entrepreneurial aspirations led her to become an independent small business owner. As an avid member of her community she has undertaken many leadership roles by becoming a Girl Guide Leader and coaching a competitive swim team and girls baseball league. She also served on the Harriston/Minto Chamber of Commerce as a newsletter editor, treasurer, event chair and Vice President. Kim also served on the Minto Economic Development Committee. After twenty five years of residing in the same community Kim and her husband relocated to Meaford to enjoy the Georgian Bay lifestyle and indulge their passion for sailing. Kim now oversees the Accounts Receivable department of a large retail based business in the Town of Blue Mountains. In her spare time she enjoys her three wonderful grandchildren, gardening and reading. As a lifelong library patron Kim is excited to have the opportunity to engage in an entirely new level of library service.
Karen Lewis. Ministerial. Karen serves as librarian with Mohawks Bay of Quinte, responsible for developing and managing Kanhiote Tyendinaga Territory Public Library since the library began in 1990. Karen was the first Aboriginal graduate of EXCEL certificate program for managing a small public library. She is a member of the Tsi Tyonnheht Onkwawenna Language Circle, formed to revitalize Mohawk language at Tyendinaga and volunteers with their activities - Language Hero Dinner, Aboriginal Day, and Mohawk Landing. In addition, she holds membership with the Ontario Library Association.
Gary Price. (SOLS Board Vice-Chair) Cambridge, Trustee Council 2. Gary served 20 years on Cambridge City Council and as council liaison with Idea Exchange. He now sits as citizen appointee there and is the chair. Gary retired from Bell Canada in 2009 after 34 years of service. He has served his community with Big Brothers, the Royal Canadian Legion and represented the city at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities for 12 years. In January, Gary was honoured to accept the James Bain Medallion from the OLBA recognizing his service.
Jean Rixen. Deseronto, Trustee Council 6. Jean has been on the Deseronto Library Board for 20 years. She has also been on the Board of Directors of Trenval-the local Community Futures Development Corporation in the Quinte area and belongs to the Quinte Quilters Guild. She is a retired urban & regional planner.