Board of Directors

BCLTA is governed by a board of ten directors.  

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    Jerrilyn Schembri

    President 2017-2019

    Tumbler Ridge Public Library

    On the BCLTA board since 2013.

    Jerrilyn is the Manager for the Tumbler Ridge Chamber of Commerce and the Visitor Information Centre and a Director at large for both the Union of British Columbia Municipalities and the North Central Local Government Association executives. She is also Chair of the Tumbler Ridge Library Board.

    Jerrilyn has sat on a variety of working groups at various levels of government including the Northern Medical Program Trust, Chetwynd Economic Development Commission and the Alaska Highway Communities Board. Before running for the Peace River Regional District Board of Directors, she served as town councillor for the District of Tumbler Ridge for two terms.

    Jerrilyn volunteers for the Canadian Red Cross and the Province in Disaster Response and Recovery, assisting communities who have been impacted by disaster. As an advocate for Compassion Canada she has traveled to Brazil to work with local families, and when not volunteering for national and international relief agencies, she volunteers on a variety of boards in Tumbler Ridge.

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    David Carter

    Vice President 2016-2018

    West Vancouver Memorial Library

    On the BCLTA board since 2016.

    David spent much of his career in public service, including city management, the Canadian Government and a provincial Crown corporation, with a focus on public policy and strategic planning for real property, urban and environmental regeneration, before becoming a consultant both in Canada and abroad. 

    He has been an active community volunteer, board member and fundraiser throughout his life for a variety of causes including the arts, orchestral music, economic development, community support, and environmental conservation. 

    In 2012 he was appointed a Trustee of the West Vancouver Memorial Library (WVML), and is currently the Board Chair. In 2013 he became the library’s representative on the Board of InterLINK. In 2015 he was elected as InterLINK’s Treasurer and as such a member of the Executive Committee. 

    He was elected to the Board of BCLTA in May 2016. At the AGM he was one of several recipients of a BCLTA 2016 Super Trustee Award.

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    Arseny Shchedrinskiy

    Treasurer 2017-2019

    Richmond Public Library

    On the BCLTA board since 2017.

    I feel very privileged to have the chance to participate in the work of Richmond Public Library (RPL) as a Trustee since 2016. RPL provides incredibly important service to its patrons and communities, connecting people from all over the world and supporting their integration into the Canadian society.

    Working with the Library and volunteering in another community organisation (MOSAIC) is a great learning experience for me, as well as the opportunity to leverage my Finance and Strategy experience within a new environment of non-profit projects.

    My professional career has been mostly dedicated to financial management, internal controls and process improvement. I have had a chance to work in multiple industries, including manufacturing, distribution and retail, supporting various business units and processes. After transitioning to the consulting environment, I was responsible for financial management in HR and IT consulting firms, while also participating in client projects.

    Since moving to Canada in 2011, I have had the opportunity to lead a Finance and Strategy team in a mid-size IT consulting firm, before transitioning to TELUS in 2015. As a Senior Strategy Manager at TELUS Investment and Program Management team, I am responsible for in-year performance, risk management and governance of the TELUS wide capital program totalling more than $2.5B.

    I hold the degree in Business Law from Moscow State University of Economics, a B.Tech. in Leadership and Management from BCIT School of Business and a CPA, CMA professional accounting designation.

    I see volunteering at BCLTA Board as a great opportunity to learn more about BC Libraries – their development strategies, innovative approaches and achievements. I also hope to work together with other Library Trustees from all over the Province on addressing some of the common challenges that many Libraries face due to ongoing changes in technological and social environment.

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    Paul Tutsch

    Director 2016-2018

    Whistler Public Library

    On the BCLTA board since 2010.

    Paul, now retired, spent many years helping many Canadian companies, big and small, shape and improve how they were perceived by their clients. This required developing an understanding of client needs and perceptions and then developing strategies to make adjustments.

    Paul was a member of the Board of Trustees of the West Vancouver Memorial Library for 8 years, 2004-2011, during which time he chaired various committees such as Strategic Planning and Advocacy. He was Chair of the Board for 2 years and Chair of the Foundation for 15 months. During his time on the Board, Paul was instrumental in developing strong relationships with municipal politicians, administrators and community leaders. These relationships helped the Library achieve specific, identified goals. Paul received the BCLTA Super Trustee award in 2008."

    Believing in the importance of the BCLTA, Paul became a trustee of the Whistler Public Library, thus enabling him to continue his work on behalf of all trustees.

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    Erin Carlson

    Director 2016-2018

    Okanagan Regional Library

    On the BCLTA board since 2016.

    Erin was elected in 2014 to municipal council for the District of Summerland.  Since then, she has been the Summerland representative on the ORL Board and was involved in the ORL Strategic Planning process in 2015.  She believes that libraries are an essential part of every community.

    Prior to moving back, she studied agriculture at the University of Guelph and spent time travelling the world.  Erin now works full time as a horticulturalist and sales manager for her family cherry operation.  She also helps coordinate the BC Cherry Association.

    When Erin was growing up, her mom was the community librarian and helped to instill a love for books and libraries into her children.  Prior to that, her grandmother was the chair of the Penticton Library Board (many, many years ago).  She looks forward to representing and advocating all of the Okanagan Regional Libraries.

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    Kyla Epstein

    Director 2016-2018

    Vancouver Public Library

    On the BCLTA board since 2016.

    Kyla is the Member Engagement Officer with the BCIT Faculty & Staff Association. With almost two decades of experience in non-profit administration, governance, fundraising, engagement and communications, Kyla is an active volunteer having served on many boards including Check Your Head, PEDAL, Kiwassa St. David's Preschool, Rising Star Co-op, and Next Up. She currently sits on the executive for the PAC at her son's school, serves as a Director with the BC Library Trustees Association (BCLTA), and is a 2017 participant in the Governor General's Canadian Leadership Conference. In her final term with VPL she is honoured to be serving as the Chair. To fill in her free time Kyla loves to read and is lucky to have a child who still loves to be read to.


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    Mike Gagel

    Director 2016-2018

    Prince George Public Library

    On the BCLTA board since 2016.

    Mike earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Nursing at the University of British Columbia and then worked as a nurse for almost 20 years at the BC Cancer Agency, Vancouver Coastal Health, and as a consultant. In the second half of his nursing career, Mike progressively focused on staff education and the use of technology. Mike next worked at the BC School Trustees Association where he was responsible for all the Association’s technology needs and supported various trustee committees. Mike currently works for Northern Health as their Regional Manager, Communicable Disease. 

    As a volunteer, Mike is a Cub Scout leader, Chair of his children's school Parent Advisory Council (PAC), and Vice-Chair of the SD57 Prince George District PAC. Mike also serves as Vice-Chair of the Prince George Public Library (appointed as a trustee in Dec 2015), and sits on the Policy and Governance Committee and Chairs the Local History Committee.

    An avid reader, Mike’s interests include medieval European history, and science fiction and modern murder-mystery novels. He has listened to dozens of audio books and downloads e-books frequently. Mike’s other interests include Maker initiatives, birding, backyard astronomy, and travel.

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    Melanie Wilke

    Director 2017-2019

    Terrace Public Library

    On the BCLTA board since 2017.

    Melanie is fulfilling her 4th year as a trustee on the Terrace Public Library Board, and is sitting for the second year as Chair. Her involvement with the Library Board is not a coincidence; she has an MLS and spent 7 years as the Children’s/Deputy Librarian at the Terrace Public Library, before joining Northwest Community College as the Library Coordinator in 2009.

    While working as the Children’s/Deputy Librarian at the Terrace Public Library, she became involved with provincial library work providing AskAway virtual reference, working as the Manual Coordinator for the Public Library Services Branch’s Provincial Summer Reading Club Committee, and providing service as an Association Ambassador for the BC Library Association.

    After leaving the public library to work as an academic librarian, Melanie continued to reach beyond her immediate library community, presenting at the 2011 BCLA Conference, and submitting articles to both the BCLA Browser and CLA’s Feliciter. Once fully settled into her role as a college librarian, she began to explore the academic provincial environment, sitting as Chair for BC’s AskAway Virtual Reference service, and filling the roles of Secretary and Chair for the Counsel of Post-Secondary Library Directors.

    Melanie has a deep belief in the power of libraries. They are places where everyone has equal access to information, activities, and interesting people; safe places where no judgement is passed, and open to everyone equally with no secret handshake or financial commitment.

    These amazing qualities make libraries every bit as vital today as they have been in the past.

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    Ernie Ingles

    Director 2017-2019

    Penticton Public Library

    On the BCLTA board since 2015.

    Ernie has been an active player within the library community, having served in an executive capacity on over one hundred professional, association and community organizations.  He has spoken and published frequently including reference tools, over 150 articles and over 160 conference papers or presentations.

    As the Vice-Provost and Chief Librarian at the University of Alberta Ernie had oversight responsibility for the Library System, the Department of Museums and Collections, the Department of Archives and Records Management, the Bookstore, Printing and Duplicating Services, the University of Alberta Press.  He was also appointed Executive Professor and Director, School of Library and Information Studies at the University.

    As Chief Librarian and Director of Libraries at the University he achieved some prominence for strategic planning initiatives, technology planning, the creation of the library consortium, the development of the province-wide Health Knowledge Network (HKN), the planning and building of a Canadian university's first remote storage and document supply facility (the BARD -- Book and Record Depository), and award winning outsourcing, cost-containment initiatives. 

    His crowning achievement was the founding of the Northern Exposure to Leadership Institute, now acclaimed world-wide as a landmark contribution to professional leadership development.

    Ernie was a member of the Royal Society of Canada’s Expert Panel on the status and future of Canadian libraries and archives.  Together they prepared the report entitled: The Future Now: Canada's Libraries, Archives, and Public Memory.  


     If you wish to contact a board member please email your request to Babs Kelly. executive director, at

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    Matthew Boyd

    Director 2017-2019

    Greater Victoria Public Library

    On the BCLTA board since 2017.

    Matthew is the Planning Manager at BC Transit with over 12 years of experience helping communities around British Columbia create efficient and effective public transit systems. Leveraging this experience, he regularly provides transportation theory colloquiums at post secondary institutions across the province including UVIC, UBC and VIU. 

    His passion for creating happy and healthy communities has led him to many volunteer opportunities including as a director for the Friends of Mount Doug Park Society, a trainer at the City of Vancouver Neighbourhood Emergency Preparedness Program, and a trustee for the Greater Victoria Public Library and BCLTA. He is also the host of the Monorail City podcast which shares fun stories about happy cities. In his free time he enjoys coaching his children's baseball team, playing guitar and spending time with his family in beautiful Saanich, BC.