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Library Board Members

The City of Kitchener has appointed the following Library Board Members to server on the Library Board for the term of December 3, 2018 to November 30, 2022.

Ms. Stephanie Soulis

Stephanie Soulis

Chair, Kitchener Public Library Board
Library Board member since February 2014

"Literacy has always been important to me. Being part of the board for the Kitchener Public Library is my way of giving back to the community in an organization that I am passionate about."

  • President & CEO of Little Mushroom Catering
  • Program Advisory Committee Member at Conestoga College for Hospitality & Culinary
  • Volunteer with the Business Education Partnership & Junior Achievement

Ms. Erin Rudland

Erin Rudland

1st Vice Chair
Library Board member since April 2013

"The Kitchener Public Library is a vibrant community hub, offering exciting programs, products and services for everyone; I’m honored to volunteer with such an incredible asset in the community."

  • Director, Member Services – Small Enterprise at Info-Tech Research Group
  • Member of the Smithson Public School Parent Council

Previous:

  • Chair, Kitchener Downtown BIA
  • Vice-Chair, Heritage Kitchener
  • Recipient of Waterloo Region's Top 40 Under 40 - 2009

Ms. Katherine Jean Andrews

Katherine Andrews

2nd Vice Chair
Library Board Member since March 2015

"I strongly support the role our public library plays in our community. I am on the Board of Kitchener Public Library because I want to help ensure that the library continues to play that integral role, especially in bringing a wide range of literature, knowledge, technology, and entertainment to anyone who wants it."

  • Business Systems Analyst

Previous:

  • Former graduate student in English literature (Master of Arts - 2014)
  • Editor in Chief of Ottawa Arts Review literary publication (2010 - 2012)
  • Volunteer Reading Buddy at Kitchener Public Library (Central)

Mr. Cory Ernst

Cory Ernst

Facilities Planning and Building Committee Chair
Library Board Member since December 2014

"I joined the Kitchener Public Library Board because I am an engaged citizen with a passion for the City of Kitchener and the growth and success of our neighbourhoods ... I am looking forward to working with fellow Board members and Kitchener Public Library staff to maintain this important piece of our community."

Ms. Michelle Dow

Michelle Dow

Finance Committee Chair
Library Board Member since December 2014

"Libraries give everyone the chance to learn and have a special importance in my life. I am honoured to be involved with Kitchener Public Library and to have the chance to give back to this community."

  • Chartered Professional Accountant – CPA, CA

Ms. Clare Wagner

Clare Wagner

Public Service and Policy Committee Chair
Library Board member since December 2018

By serving on the Board I want to help foster a welcoming, inclusive, and responsive library system for Kitchener because I believe public libraries are essential to community inclusion, health, and wellbeing.

  • Community Services Director at House of Friendship

Previous:

  • Served on the Hamilton Public Library Board

Councillor Kelly Galloway-Sealock

Kelly Galloway

Library Board member since December 2006

"As an elected official I was chosen to sit on the Kitchener Public Library Board and represent Kitchener City Council. I am a patron of the library and have a vested interest in this service, as well as the overall wellness of our community."

  • Kitchener City Councillor – Ward 5
  • Aldaview Services – work with adults with developmental disabilities
  • Executive member and Head Coach, KW Lightning Basketball Association

Councillor Sarah Marsh

Councillor Sarah Marsh

Library Board Member since December 2014

"Kitchener Public Library has always been a part of my life. It has been a weekly destination throughout the different stages of my life to date: as a child, a student, a young adult, and as a Mom. I am honoured to join the Board because I love this place, and I want to continue to ensure our Kitchener Public Library thrives."

  • Ward 10 Kitchener City Councillor
  • Social researcher
  • Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery Board member
  • Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Centre Board member
  • Kitchener Downtown Business Improvement Area Board member

Ms. Shannon Nicholson

Shannon Nicholson

Library Board member since December 2018

"I believe in the influence of a library towards a strong and thriving community. I believe that Kitchener Public Library provides so much to our city in the form of education, resources, access to services and a sense of community."

  • Director of Counselling, Carizon Family and Community Services

Previous:

  • Leadership Waterloo Graduate, 2018

Ms. Dana Ristic

Library Board member since November 2019

"As a young, new immigrant, the local library was at the core of my childhood experience; being on the KPL board allows me the opportunity to contribute to the community-minded environment that helped shape me."

  • Consultant at Sun Life Financial
  • Sun Life Pride Network

Mr. Derek Vollebregt

Derek Vollebregt

Library Board member since December 2018

"As an EdTech enthusiast, I am passionate about the innovative role that the library plays to provide access to education and technology to Kitchener citizens."

  • International Customer Success Manager, Axonify
  • Board of Directors, Carizon