Greetings and Welcome to Winter,
I hope winter arrived like a lamb in your neighbourhoods, with enough snow for the outdoor enthusiasts, but not too much for the rest of us!
This Bulletin is rather a celebratory one.
First of all, it brings warm wishes for the holiday season to all of you from the BCLTA board.
Second, it brings a welcome to Ramona Soares, the new ADM of Partner Relations (which includes libraries) with the Ministry of Education. Ramona comes from the Ministry of Advanced Education, where she was the ADM responsible for strategic initiatives, open education technologies and programs, intergovernmental relations and International Education missions. Prior to that, she served as Assistant Deputy Minister at the Ministry of International Trade, and Executive Director in the Ministry of Labour. We look forward to working with ADM Soares. We also wish the former ADM Paige Macfarlane all the best in her new assignment as ADM of Student Services with the Ministry of Advanced Education.
Third, we feature a story and photos about a celebratory event in Nelson – the library’s 95th birthday and the launch of a new cookbook. I am a trustee with the Nelson Public Library (full disclosure), so I won’t gush too much. But it was a lovely event…and the cookbook is absolutely gorgeous.
Fourth, we join West Vancouver Memorial Library in celebrating completion of their new strategic plan. Thanks to Board Chair Mary Jo Campbell for providing a brief summary, as well as a link to a lovely two-minute video about their plan (definitely a delight to watch) and a link to their plan itself. Check it out!
If you have events or accomplishments you’d like to share with the trustee community – please send them our way. We’d love to include them in a future Bulletin.
In October, I was also happy to attend a meeting of the Kootenay Library Federation, and it was a wonderful chance to meet trustees, provide information about BCLTA, and learn what’s happening in their communities. If you’re a federation member, we’d love to attend one of your meetings. Just invite us!
Finally, one last item , which doesn’t fall into the celebratory category. And that is the resignation of our executive director Nancy Boyce, effective the end of October. We wish Nancy well in her future endeavours, and we are moving quickly to engage a new E.D. We have some excellent applicants.
May your holiday season be full of love and delight. See you in 2016!