CELA Board of Directors
- Peter Bailey
Peter is the CEO of St. Albert Public Library in Alberta. He has served as President of the Library Association of Alberta (LAA) and as Chair of the Canadian Federation of Library Associations (CFLA).
- Grace Dawson
Grace is the Library Technology Services Manager, Prince Edward Island Public Library Service. She earned her Masters of Library and Information Science (MLIS) from the University of Western Ontario in 2011 and held several positions in Prince Edward Island, including Regional and Community Services Librarian, prior to her current role.
- Mélanie Dumas - Vice Chair
Mélanie Dumas is director of the BAnQ Universal Collection. A graduate of the School of Library and Information Sciences at the University of Montreal, she has worked at BAnQ since 2001. She is responsible for the development, document processing and management of the BAnQ Universal Collection.
- Brian Harding
Brian Harding is currently the CEO and Chief Librarian of the Greater Sudbury Public Library, a position he has held since returning to GSPL in 2022. Previously Brian was the CEO of the Brock Township Public Library, held several positions at the Greater Sudbury Public Library, and worked in the library software sector.
- Åsa Kachan
Åsa is the CEO & Chief Librarian for Halifax Public Libraries. In her role, she oversees 450 staff working across the 14-branch library system. Prior to taking on the CEO role in November 2014, Åsa spent 16 years in senior administrative roles within universities.
- Amanda Lepage
Amanda Lepage is currently the Director, Collections and Service Infrastructure at Saskatoon Public Library. Prior to this role, she led the SPL teams responsible for service to patrons with disabilities, outreach worker support, and community partnerships, as well as a previous career in the education sector supporting students living with visual disabilities.
- Carolyn Minor - Chair
Carolyn Minor is Section Head - Special Services, Winnipeg Public Library where she provides oversight for accessible services. She has previously served on the CELA Services & Operation and Outreach Committees.
- Heather Scoular
Heather is the Director of Customer Experience at Fraser Valley Regional Library (FVRL) in British Columbia. She was Library Director at Port Moody Public Library and then North Vancouver District Public Library before joining FVRL, where she has held several positions including almost 2 years with oversight for accessibility in her role as Library Manager, Mission Library and Outreach Services.
- Tara Thompson
Tara Thompson is the Okanagan Regional Library’s (ORL) Community Engagement Coordinator. Tara is a dedicated system librarian, supporting all 29 branches within the ORL system. Her primary areas of focus include promoting accessibility, enhancing adult services, and fostering strong community connections. Tara's journey in the world of libraries began as a page, which surprisingly includes wonderful Readers Advisory training. Over the years, she's taken on various roles, including serving as the Branch Head of the Vernon Branch and the Community Librarian of the Peachland Branch.is the Okanagan Regional Library’s (ORL) Community Engagement Coordinator.
- Tara Wong
Tara Wong is the Chief Executive Officer for Oakville Public Library (OPL). She has a strong passion for community development and innovation. Prior to joining OPL, she held a variety of leadership positions within Ottawa Public Library and Regina Public library. Tara also spent 5 years a sessional instructor for Algonquin College’s Library Technician program, where she developed a love of teaching and mentorship.