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Pickering Public Library Board

Pickering Public Library Board


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Pickering Library Board Report 2019 Report to the Community

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The Board normally holds its regular public meetings on the fourth Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm. For 2020 no meetings will be held in July and August, and in December an alternative date is scheduled. All meetings are held at the Central Library except where indicated.


Please note, due to the current COVID-19 impacts resulting in the closure of the Library facilities, the Pickering Public Library Board meetings will be facilitated online.

Members of the public are welcome to virtually attend the meeting but must register in advance. This step is to provide security for the meeting. The information collected will not be retained and will only be used in case of a meeting disruption.

The next Board meeting is taking place on Thursday, September 24. The registration link will be published here, as soon as it is available.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. When you log into the meeting you will be placed in a waiting room until the public portion of the meeting begins. Please be patient as it may be a few minutes before you can join the meeting. Your microphone will be muted but you will be able to watch and listen to the meeting.

For questions regarding the online Pickering Public Library Board meetings, please contact us at [email protected].


2020 Meeting Schedule:


Special Board Meeting - Thursday, January 9 - Central Library; 7:00pm Special January Board Meeting Minutes
Special January Board Meeting Package
Thursday, January 23 - Central Library Minutes
January 23 Board Package
Thursday, July 23 - ONLINE Agenda
July Board Package
Thursday, February 27 - Central Library Minutes
February Board Package
Thursday, September 24 - Online (registration link will be available above)
Thursday, March 26 - Central Library Cancelled Thursday, October 22 - Central Library
Thursday, April 23 - ONLINE Minutes
April Board Package
Thursday, November 26 - Central Library
Thursday, May 28 - ONLINE Minutes
May Board Package
Thursday, December 10 @ 6:30pm - Central Library
Thursday, June 25 - ONLINE Minutes
June Board Package


2019 Meeting Schedule:


Thursday, January 24 - Central Library Minutes
Final Board Package January 2019
Thursday, August 22 - Central Library Minutes
Final Board Package August 2019
Thursday, February 28 - Central Library Minutes
Final Board Package February 2019
Thursday, September 26 - Central Library Minutes
Final Board Package September 2019
Thursday, March 28 - Central Library Minutes
Final Board Package March 2019
Thursday, October 24 - Claremont Library Minutes
Final Board Package October 2019
Thursday, April 25 - Central Library Minutes
Final Board Package April 2019
Special Board Meeting Wednesday, November 20 - CAO Board Room, City Hall Minutes
Thursday, November 28 - Central Library In Camera Minutes and Minutes
Final Board Package November 2019
Special Board Meeting Tuesday, May 14 Minutes
Thursday, May 23 - George Ashe Library Minutes
Thursday, December 12 @ 6:30pm - Central Library Minutes


2018 Meeting Schedule:


Thursday, January 25 - Central Library Minutes Thursday, June 28 - Central Library Minutes
Thursday, February 22 - Central Library Minutes Thursday, September 27 - Central Library Minutes
Thursday, March 22 - Central Library Official Library Board Meeting Cancelled Thursday, October 25 - George Ashe Library Minutes
Thursday, April 26 - Central Library Minutes Special Board Meeting Wednesday, November 7 - Central Library; 6:30pm Minutes
Thursday, November 22 - Central Library Minutes
Thursday, May 24 - Central Library Minutes Thursday, December 13 - No meeting



Current Library Board

Contact the Library Board

Becoming a Member of the Library Board

Library Board Meetings

Library Board Governance Policies


Library Board



Sarah Jeffrey Sheehy (Board Chair)

Sarah Jeffrey Sheehy has extensive non-profit management experience and spent over 15 years building affordable housing with both Habitat for Humanity and Options for Homes here and abroad. Sarah joined the Board in 2016 as she believes that the library is a vital resource for the residents of Pickering. As Board Chair, Sarah looks forward to mobilizing the community to build the Next Generation Library.


Councillor Maurice Brenner (Board Vice Chair)

Councillor Maurice Brenner has been elected 9 terms representing Ward 1. He is a graduate of Ryerson in Social Services and is a recipient of the Queens Diamond Jubilee Award recognizing his contributions and leadership in Human Rights, Diversity and Community Engagement.


Mary K. Anderson

Mary K. Anderson, a returning Library Board member, has been a resident of Pickering for over 25 years. Mary K. is a strong believer in volunteerism and community service. During her 35 years as an educator she strived to impart this philosophy to her students. Mary K’s main focus in community service has centered around the Canadian women’s organization IODE.


Dianne Barham

Dianne Barham has been a Pickering resident for over 17 years. She has over twenty years of Human Resources experience including training, recruitment, and policy development. She continues to be an active community volunteer with various non-profit organizations for over 20 years.


Shawn Byron Beckett

Shawn has been a Pickering resident his entire life and a Pickering Public Library member for nearly as long! He looks forward to helping the library meet the evolving needs of the community during this exciting period of growth. Shawn graduated with distinction from Trinity College, University of Toronto, and is currently completing dual JD/MBA degrees from Osgoode Hall Law School and the Schulich School of Business.


Ruvette Coelho

Ruvette Coelho has served as Chair and Vice Chair of the PPL Board as well as a member of the Library’s Teen Advisory Group. She is a healthcare professional within Durham Region and is passionate about education, health, social causes, public service, travelling, reading, arts, culture, and racquet sports.


Councillor Ian Cumming

Councillor Ian Cumming was first elected as City Councillor, Ward 2 in 2014. His personal passion for community health and safety, the environment, and renewable energies inspired him to be a voice for Pickering residents. Ian's 40-year business background in the technology and commercial banking sectors fuels his drive to enhance business retention and promote economic development in Pickering.


Mahjabeen Fatema

As a socially responsible and active member of the community for over ten years, Mahjabeen Fatema (Fatema) is currently involved with the Pickering Islamic Centre as an Educational Professional and the President of the Sister's Committee. Fatema is honoured and excited to be a part of the Pickering Public Library Board that involves helping people navigate, select and analyze a perpetually growing body of information.


Akeem Maginley

Akeem Maginley and his family have been Pickering residents in Ward 3 for more than five years. As a career public servant, he is committed to service values, integrity and ethics and believes in the continued development of an adaptive, inclusive and vibrant library for Pickering’s future. Akeem is a graduate of the University of Toronto [Hon. Bachelor of Arts] and York University [Masters Degree in Public Policy, Administration and Law].


Doodnauth Sharma

Doodnauth is a licensed Professional Engineer (P. Eng.) with the Province of Ontario, and holds a Masters of Engineering Degree and a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification from the Project Management Institute. He believes in giving back to the community by volunteering and contributes to many community organizations. Doodnauth sees the library as an important community resource that needs to be explored and utilized to its fullest potential.


Contact the Library Board

Contact the Library Board

Becoming a Member of the Library Board

Library Board members are appointed by Council either after an election or when a Board seat becomes vacated. Advertisements of such vacancies are posted on the Library and city web sites, and are posted in the News Advertiser. Interested citizens must submit their applications through the City of Pickering website to the City Clerk, when available. To determine suitability for the role, candidates are encouraged to read the Board's policies which include a Board Job description, and Cut to the Chase (a quick reference guide for Ontario Public Library Board members)

Library Board Meetings

Monthly Board Meetings (10 per year required by the Public Libraries Act). The Board normally holds its regular public meetings on the fourth Thursday of each month at 7:00 P.M. except June and July when no meeting is usually scheduled, and December when an alternative, pre-Christmas date is scheduled. All meetings are held at the Central Library except where indicated. See the Schedule for times and locations. For past year, see last year's Library Board Minutes

Library Board Governance Policies

The Pickering Public Library formally adopted the Policy Governance (c) model in September 2001. A current listing of the policies and the accompanying monitoring schedule can be found below:

Global Ends Policy
Executive Limitation Policies

Governance Process Policies

Board-CEO Delegation Policies