Thunder Bay Public Library Board 2015-2019
back row (l-r) P. Johansen, F. Wilson, J. Duke, J. Pateman, (CL/CEO), Councilor L. Hebert (2007-2015)
front row (l-r) E. Ashe, C. Grieve (Board - Chair), M. MacLean
missing from photo - Joe Virdiramo (June 2015), K. Hantjis, ( Sept 2015), J. Todd (January 2016)
Carol Grieve, Chair
Retired from Lakehead Public Schools after a forty year career as a teacher and elementary school administrator, Carol was born and raised in Thunder Bay. A lifelong learner, Carol received both her Bachelor of Arts degree and her Masters of Education in Curriculum Studies from Lakehead University.
Currently, she is semi-retired. She is a long time library member and avid reader.
From her career experience, she knows that the ongoing task of contributing to improve the quality and accessibility of literacy in Thunder Bay is highly important.
Carol feels privileged to work with the Board Members of the Thunder Bay Public Library to meet their long term vision and accomplish their strategic plan in order to serve the community members of Thunder Bay.
Margaret MacLean has been an outstanding advocate for the public library in Thunder Bay. Since her first appointment by City Council to the Thunder Bay Public Library Board in 1992, Margaret has served as Chair and Vice-Chair on this Board. . Her dedication and commitment to our library system has been evident throughout these years as she has assumed leadership roles in chairing committees for the board (Policy & Planning, CEO Search Committee, Strategic Planning Committee) as well as fund raising for the County Park Library. Mrs. MacLean has volunteered in the larger public library arena as she has been involved not just at the local level, but the regional, provincial and federal levels as well.
Margaret has been acclaimed a director of the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries for a two year term 2011-13. She was a director of the Ontario Library Services North Board from 1995-2007 serving as Chair and Vice-Chair during her term of office. She has served on the Ontario Library Association (OLA) Board of Directors from 2000-02 and the Ontario Library Trustees Association (OLTA) from 2000-06 holding the President’s position from 2001-02. She was the OLTA representative from 2000-04 to the Canadian Library Association (CLA) and on the Executive Council of CLA from 2000-02. Margaret made a presentation to the General Government Committee on Bill 109 titled “Local Control of Public Libraries Act” in April 1997 defending the Public Libraries Act of Ontario.
Margaret has made presentations at CLA, OLA, MLA (keynote speaker), OALT, OLS-North, and AALT conferences. Margaret has been involved with the public library since becoming a page at the Waverley Resource Library at the age of 14. After completing her Honors Bachelor of Arts undergraduate degree at Lakehead University, she obtained her Master of Library Science Degree from the University of Toronto. Margaret also holds a Bachelor of Education Degree and a Masters of Education Degree from Lakehead University. She worked in the public library system as Children’s, Adult Services, and Reference Librarian until 1986, when she accepted a position of Chair of the Department of Library & Information Studies at Lakehead University administering and teaching in the Department until 2002 when the Library Technician Diploma program was canceled. At this time she was asked by the Dean of Social Sciences and Humanities to administer the Bachelor Of Arts General program while teaching Technical Writing courses to engineers for the English Department. In 1999, Margaret received the Ontario Library Trustee Association Trustee of the Year and the Ontario Library Association James Bain Medallion for distinguished service as a library trustee. She has also been awarded a Lakehead University Senate Committee on Teaching Award.
I aspire to be a lifelong learner. And a vital tool in this journey is the public library system. My family and I have lived in some 8 communities big and small across Ontario. For us the Public Libraries are a key source of stimulation, recreation and exploration.
Having resided in this City since 1998, I admire the Thunder Bay Public Library for its track record of providing quality customer service and cutting edge programming. This is why I am proud to be a member of the Library Board.
My career to date has been in the public service field. I have held progressive management positions with the Ontario Ministries of Natural Resources and Environment. Most recently, I have worked with the Lakehead Social Planning Council and the City of Thunder Bay. As a volunteer I have served on local boards and committees such as a Credit Union, a Nordic Ski Club, a legacy Running Race, a Cycling Club, and a Rails to Trails proposal, and Bikes for Humanity.
I have developed skills in areas such as community engagement, strategic planning, policy development, human and financial management, and program evaluations.
I am committed to working with the Board, the staff, the community groups and City Council to continue evolving high quality, inclusive library services for all the people of Thunder Bay and the surrounding area.
As a retiree, who has been re-invented in a variety of ways personally and professionally over recent years, I am enthusiastic to become involved with the Library Board.
Having been blessed with five children, my extended family now numbers 19, including one very young great-grand-daughter. Tracking each one keeps me grounded and community involved with home, school and parish projects.
Professionally, a 43- year career with the Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board as a classroom and Special Education teacher and principal is best described as “a hobby which has and continues to yield immeasurable rewards”. As a second-term trustee, participation in each of our Board’s internal and external committees , along with local organizations has helped to create a generalized, positive overview of life within our city. As Past-President of St. Agnes Catholic Women’s League Council, Secretary of St. Joseph Care Group Auxiliary, volunteer member with Hospice Northwest and the Salvation Army and other outreach support groups, the days are full and balanced. This opportunity to represent our School Board will certainly also enhance my experience on the City of Thunder Bay’s Age Friendly Committee, as well.
Thank you for this invitation to make a commitment to service in this capacity as it is most welcome and appreciated.
Joan Duke began her dedication to Libraries as a child. Serving on various small community library boards prepared her for service as regional representative to the Ontario Library Service North Board.
Having retired from a library position at Red Rock High School she moved back to Thunder Bay. She was one of the first graduates from the EXCEL (Small Public Library Management) program and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Lakehead University that included Library Technology courses.
Currently she serves on the Thunder Bay 55 Plus Board of Directors, volunteers with Disaster Management and various programs with the Red Cross and supports Arts and Culture in Thunder Bay.
Joan is dedicated to supporting lifelong learning and the progressive future of Library Service for all residents of Thunder Bay.
“Reading is fundamental and the Library makes a whole world of opportunities available to everyone that uses it.”
Pat Johansen believes libraries are an essential part of a vibrant community where everyone has access to their many programs and services. Libraries need to be ever evolving in order to keep up with the changes in today's world.
Pat also believes in giving back and she is active in our community. She volunteers with Ontario Federation of Home and School Associations, Military Family Resource Centre, and Current River Recreation Association, and she is a Board member with EcoSuperior.
I am a lifelong resident of Thunder Bay with a passion for reading and for learning. I believe that educaiton and reading both make a critical difference in one's life.
I am excited about the many programs at the Thunder Bay Public Library that are maintaining and inreasing the relevance of the Public LIbrary in the community. I am honored to have selected to serve as a Board member.
I am recently retired from a lengthy career at Ontario Power Generation which focused on environmental management as well as human resource and project management.
My retirement plans include continued public service as a Board member at EcoSuperior and as a member of the Earthcare Advisory Committee. I am also focused on personal goals in fitness and a variety of hobbies
I look forward with enthusiasm to serving on the Library Board.
Kathryn Hantjis began her term on the Thunder Bay Public Library Board in September 2015. Retiring in 2015 after 37+ years in administration with Lakehead Public Schools, Kathryn was seeking opportunities to volunteer and get involved in our community. In addition to being a Library Board Member, Kathryn chairs the Library’s Policy Development and Review Committee, and she volunteers with the United Way Allocations Committee.
Joe Virdiramo, City Council Representative
John Pateman, FCLIP MBA Chief Librarian/CEO
My career in public libraries began in 1978 and has spanned over 30 years, including my most recent position as Head of Libraries and Inclusion at Lincolnshire County with 48 library locations and 15 mobile libraries. I have also worked as Head of Libraries and Heritage in Merton, Head of Libraries in Hackney and Library Manager in Westminster.
I have collaborated on or written several publications, including - Libraries for All: Social Inclusion in Public Libraries and Developing a Needs Based Library Service.
My educational background includes a BA (Honours) degree in History and Politics, a diploma in Library and Information Science, a masters degree in Business Administration and most recently, designation as Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.
My family and I are now settled in Thunder Bay from the United Kingdom and we continue to explore our new home and surroundings. “I am so happy to be in Thunder Bay which has been very welcoming and friendly to me and my family,” “I am looking forward to working with the Board, the staff and the people of Thunder Bay to take the organization forward at this exciting time for public libraries in Canada.”