Trustee Councils

The purpose of the SOLS Trustee Councils is to serve as:

  • An important communication link between SOLS and library boards about SOLS services
  • A forum for trustees to network, share information and hear how other boards deal with similar issues
  • An opportunity for trustee support and a venue for carrying forward training suggestions
  • A pool of trustees from which to elect members to the SOLS board.

There are eight Trustee Councils that cover southern Ontario. Each council meets twice a year, in the spring and fall. Boundaries were determined by geography and the following considerations by the SOLS board: 

  • Driving time should be 1.5 hours maximum, wherever possible
  • There should be a mix of libraries by size
  • Trustee Councils should be about the same size 

Each public library board in southern Ontario is urged to appoint a representative to its area Council (see Trustee Council Membership for membership lists). Other library trustees, in addition to the trustee council representatives, are welcome and encouraged to attend meetings. However, only the appointed representative is eligible to sit on the SOLS board or vote on the appointments to the SOLS board.

The meetings are a combination of networking, information sharing and updating on various issues of concern to public library trustees, including updates from representatives of OLBA and FOPL. The meetings are co-facilitated by a SOLS staff member. Training sessions are occasionally included in the meetings.

Trustee Council Contacts

Trustee Council 1 - St. Thomas Area - Anne Marie Madziak
Trustee Council 2 - Lincoln Area - Barbara Franchetto
Trustee Council 3 - Hanover Area - Brandon Fratarcangeli
Trustee Council 4 - Gravenhurst Area - Allyson Fox
Trustee Council 5 - Oshawa Area - Brandon Fratarcangeli
Trustee Council 6 - Napanee Area - Alexandra Taylor
Trustee Council 7 - Petawawa Area -  Peggy Malcolm
Trustee Council 8 - Ottawa Area -  Peggy Malcolm

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