Thunder Bay Public Library Board 2018-2022


Carol Grieve, Chair


Retired 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.  She is a long time Library member and avid reader.

From her career and life experience, she knows that the ongoing task of contributing to improve the quality and accessibility of literacy, and serve  community needs  in Thunder Bay is of the utmost importance.

Carol feels privileged to work with the Board Members of the Thunder Bay Public Library to meet their long term vision and accomplish their ongoing strategic plan  in order to serve the community members of Thunder Bay.


Jane Todd, Co-Chair

I am a lifelong resident of Thunder Bay with a passion for reading and for learning.  I believe that education 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 increasing the relevance of the Public Library in the community.  I am honoured to have been 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.


Margaret MacLean

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 was 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 Honours 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.     


Eleanor Ashe

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

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.


Richard Togman

Dr. Richard Togman brings a diverse and unique skill set to the Library Board.  Dr. Togman graduated in 2016 with his PhD in Political Science from the University of British Columbia (UBC) and has taught courses in political science at UBC and Lakehead University. He has also taught at New Directions Speakers' School, a local non-profit which teaches those from marginalized backgrounds public speaking and advocacy skills.  Dr. Togman is an active volunteer with the City of Thunder Bay serving as a director on the Thunder Bay Committee of Adjustment, Committee of Appeals, the Crime Prevention Council and acts as a consultant for the Chamber of Commerce, assisting with research and policy development.  He currently is CEO and Co-Founder of Rent Panda, a proptech startup in the rental housing sector.


George Saarinen

I had previously served on the TBPL board from 2003-2010

While serving on various committees I was the contact for Federation of Ontario Public Libraries served as Chair and Vice Chair of TBPL and was one of many eager participants which  helped build the new Mary J L Black branch. It did take a community to bring this new Library into being what a great building it is today.  I am happy to be back as representative of Lakehead Public Schools.  I believe Public Libraries welcome everyone into a safe and secure place for everyone to enjoy.


Andrew Foulds, City of Thunder Bay Councillor

Andrew Foulds is serving his fourth term as a city councillor for Current River Ward in Thunder Bay. He takes a passionate interest in issues such as: poverty, economic development, parks, recreation, arts/culture and the environment – especially climate adaptation.

He is currently a teacher of Biology, at Westgate Collegiate and Vocational Institute.  Prior to joining the Westgate CVI Staff, he taught and was the Vice Principal at Thunder Bay’s Superior Collegiate and Vocational Institute, Hillcrest High School, Port Arthur Collegiate and Hammarskjold High Schools.

He began teaching in Arctic Bay on Baffin Island (where he was also appointed Deputy Fire Chief). He returned to Thunder Bay in the fall of 1998 where he was born and raised.

He graduated from the University of Toronto in 1996 with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree and from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Education degree in 1997.

He is driven to serve and has profound commitment to public service.  He is serving on the following boards and committees: Waterfront Business Improvement Area, District Social Services, Earthcare Advisory Committee, Lakehead Conservation Authority, Youth, Community and Cultural Appeals Committee, Library and has been very active in the OSSTF and the Thunder Bay Labour Council.

From an early age, he has been passionate about sports including soccer, baseball and, most especially, swimming.  His longstanding involvement in swimming took him to provincial, national and international championships.  He was captain of the U of T Varsity Blues swim team for two years.

The eldest son of Jim and Judy Foulds, Councillor Foulds was born in 1972 at the Port Arthur General Hospital.

He is married to fellow-teacher, K. Hilden. He loves to go camping and fishing with their three children


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.”