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Pickering Public Library Board

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

2017 Meeting Schedule:


Thursday, January 26 -- Central Library. Minutes Thursday, June 22 - Claremont Branch.
Thursday, February 23 - Central Library. Minutes Thursday, September 28 - Central Library.
Thursday, March 23 - Central Library. Agenda Thursday, October 26 - Petticoat Creek Branch.
Thursday, April 27 - Central Library. Agenda Thursday, November 23 - Central Library.
Thursday, May 25 - Central Library. Thursday, December 14 - Central Library.


Last Year's (2016) Meeting Schedule:


Please note there will be no Library Board Meeting in January Thursday, June 23 - Central Library Minutes
Thursday, February 25 - Central Library. Minutes Thursday, September 22 - Central Library. Minutes
Thursday, March 24 - Central Library. Minutes Thursday, October 27 - Petticoat Creek Branch. Minutes
Thursday, April 28 - Central Library. Minutes Thursday, November 24 - Central Library Minutes
Thursday, May 26 - Claremont Branch. Minutes Thursday, December 8 - Central Library. Minutes



Current Library Board

Contact the Library Board

Becoming a Member of the Library Board

Library Board Meetings

Library Board Governance Policies


Library Board

John Sabean

John Sabean

Chair

A historian by training and a freelance writer, editor, and researcher by profession, John has had a huge commitment to libraries over the years. He is also active in the community as a volunteer especially in the areas of heritage and the arts.


Mary K Anderson

Mary K Anderson

Mary K. Anderson 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. The organization’s focus on education and assisting those in need related well to her interests.Mary K. has served and is serving in an executive capacity at all three levels of the organization, Primary, Provincial and National. Upon completion of a three year term as president of IODE Toronto, Mary K. initiated a literacy program, “Own A Book Share A Book”, with the TDSB. The program provides quality books to Kindergarten students and classrooms in schools designated in need of additional support. This program is strongly supported by the members of IODE Toronto. As a member of the Pickering Library Board Mary K. continues to strive to make a difference in her community. Mary K.’s other interests are reading Victorian mysteries, water colour painting and spending time with her son and friends.


Shashi Bhatia

Shashi Bhatia

Among her many contributions to our community where she has resided for over thirty years are included her founding of the Indo-Canadian Cultural Association of Durham whose programs are designed to promote tolerance and understanding as it brings together residents of diverse cultural background in common cause to encourage full participation in civic life while addressing the concerns common to all. Mrs. Bhatia is the recipient of a number of awards for her volunteer efforts which have been recognized by all three levels of government. She has served the community in many capacities including as a member of the Durham Regional Police and Diversity Advisory Committee, as a Durham Tourist Ambassador, as a member of Multi-faith Communities of Durham in their celebration of World Religion Day and in raising funds to help eradicate aids in Africa and as Chair of the highly successful annual ‘Celebration of South Asian and Asian Heritage Festival. Her many community fund raising initiatives have included organizing events in support of civic projects like the Durham West Arts Centre. A s a public speaker she has been invited to address a wide range of topics including on behalf of the Historica Dominion Institute and in matters affecting newcomers to Canada. In her professional life she has served on a number of Quasi-judicial boards and commissions at both the federal and provincial levels most notably the Immigration and Refugee Board and the Social Benefits Tribunal. She sees our libraries as an important part of the fabric of our city and is a strong voice in support of libraries as they face the challenges brought by the digital age.


Councillor Maurice Brenner

Councillor Maurice Brenner

Maurice represented Ward 1 for 21 consecutive years, from 1985-2006, in roles as both City Councillor and Regional Councillor, and returned to Council in 2016 following a By-Election. Maurice is a long term Pickering resident, who has lived in Ward 1 for over 30 years, and is dedicated to building an inclusive community and strengthening local neighbourhoods. Maurice and his partner Anne have a blended family, with four adult children who grew up in Pickering and now have their own lives and careers. As grandparents to three beautiful grandchildren, Maurice and Anne recognize the importance of a balanced lifestyle with quality time to still enjoy family. Maurice has served as Acting and Interim Mayor, Vice President of Veridian, Chair of Sustainable Pickering, President of Durham Regional Non-profit Housing, and Co-Chair of Pickering Ajax Transit. He has also served as a member on a number of City and Regional Committees, and currently sits on the Pickering Public Library Board. Outside of the Council Chamber, Maurice's career involves community advocacy and human rights. After retiring as Managing Director for Human Rights, Diversity and Fairness, Maurice is now self employed as a Senior Human Rights Consultant, working to promote equality and fairness across Canada. He is also a proud recipient of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Award, recognizing his 40 years of dedication and work in the community. For more information, visit mauricebrenner.ca, or contact him at [email protected].


Ruvette Coelho

Ruvette Coelho

Ruvette has been living in Pickering for over 15 years and has been a member of the Pickering Public Library since then. She was one of the original members of the Pickering Public Library’s Teen Advisory Group developing and promoting library services for teens. She is a University of Toronto Science graduate currently working as a Medical Radiation Therapist with previous jobs in education. Ruvette has been an active member of her community by volunteering and working with various causes. Ruvette believes that libraries are an essential part of a growing economy and the heart of a successful, engaged community and Pickering Public Library is simply awesome!


Councillor Ian Cumming

Councillor Ian Cumming

Ian was first elected as City Councillor, Ward 2 in 2014. Prior to his election, he attended and participated in many Council meetings, offering the unique perspectives of both concerned resident, and small local business owner - proving himself as a strong advocate for the community. His personal passion for community health and safety, the environment, and renewable energies inspired him to be a voice for Pickering residents. Ian believes in government transparency and accountability, and engaging the public in decisions made by a cohesive and empathetic Council. Having immigrated to Canada from Scotland in 1967, Ian has been a long-term resident of Ward 2, where he has raised two sons, and is now a proud grandfather of five. 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. With a wealth of experience in fundraising and helping young companies to get off the ground, Ian is committed to supporting startup businesses and young entrepreneurs; and helping businesses grow in Pickering as our City matures. Ian believes in responsible development, and creating a team atmosphere where Pickering residents can feel fairly informed and engaged in the decision-making process. He is dedicated to building on Pickering's business base to ease the property tax burden on residents, and hopes that his fresh perspective will help build greater transparency and accountability on Council.


Doodnauth Sharma

Doodnauth Sharma

Doodnauth is a licensed Professional Engineer (P. Eng.) with the Province of Ontario, and holds a Master of Engineering Degree. He also holds 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. The library is an enormous information base with well-structured programs and learning resources for all residents of all ages. He strongly supports the initiative towards a next generation library and hopes that this becomes a reality in the near future.


Sarah Sheehy

Sarah Sheehy

Sarah moved to Pickering just 5 years ago and immediately began looking for ways to get engaged with her new community. One of her first stops with her family was the Petticoat Branch of the Pickering Public Library for their membership cards. Sarah has extensive non-profit management experience and she has spent over 15 years building affordable housing with Habitat for Humanity and Options for Homes both here and abroad. After a short stint on her local school’s community council, Sarah was thrilled to join the Library Board in 2016. Sarah believes that the library is a vital link for the residents of Pickering and it is one of the greatest resources in the City. She looks forward to mobilizing the community to support the Next Generation Library in the coming years.


Irene Thomaidis

Irene Thomaidis

Profile coming soon.


Ajay Vashisht

Profile coming soon.


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 July and August 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 2015 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

Goverance Process Policies

Board-CEO Delegation Policies