Board Members


Under the British Columbia’s Library Act, public library boards are responsible for setting a library’s operating policies, annual budget, rules for the operation of the library, appointing a Chief Librarian and more.

The Bowen Island Public Library Board of Trustees is composed of ten trustees appointed by the Bowen Island Municipal Council, and one municipal council appointee. The Board meets at the library at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month (except August and December).

Further information about the roles and responsibilities of the Board can be found here in our Board Manual.

The library board is an assemblage of Bowen residents who love public libraries, want the Bowen Library to operate as efficiently as possible and are committed to implementing policies that make the Bowen Island Public Library the best it can be for its patrons.

Meet the board :



 Cynthia Nicolson 

Cynthia and her husband Don have lived on Bowen Island for over 30 years. She was a teacher at Bowen Island Community School for many years and has written 18 science books for children. With a life-long love of books and libraries, Cynthia is delighted to be a member of the board.


 Sheilagh Sparks

Sheilagh has lived on Bowen with her husband and two children since 1992. When not working at her full time job on the mainland, Sheilagh spends her time reading, practising the piano as the accompanist for the Community Choir and various other singing groups on the island, walking the family’s dogs and gardening.

Elizabeth Bowker

Elizabeth has been a resident of Bowen Island since 2011. She enjoys a life long love of learning and reading. Elizabeth is a Lecturer in Business Communications at the Sauder School of Business, UBC, where she is a leader in the development of Aboriginal business content and technology in the classroom initiatives. Currently she sits on the Canada Council Grant Selection Committee for the Haig-Brown Writer-in-Residence where she has a special interest in supporting the work of indigenous writers.

 Susan Munro 2015 Susan Munro

Len Gilday

Len is a retired documentary filmmaker and has been a Bowen resident, with his wife and child (now fledged and flown the nest!), for over twenty years. He has been privileged to be a member of the library board (minus a one year break) since 2001 and has been an avid reader since forever.

Don Heth



Ted Benson

Ted has lived on Bowen Island for over 16 years and has a certain passion for all things library.


Melanie McLeod

Melanie has lived and worked on Bowen Island since 1998. She started volunteering for the Bowen Island Library in 2004 and was honoured to join the Board as a member in 2012.

 Melissa Harrison 2015

Melissa Harrison

Melissa is a frequent library user and is very committed to education and access to information. She is currently working on a doctorate in English Literature and Cultural History, but finds time between research, writing and family to volunteer on a number of Bowen boards. Melissa joined the library board in January 2015.

 Michael Penny 2015

Michael Penny

Michael is a writer, an avid reader and a semi-retired lawyer. He moved to Bowen Island in 2012 and has involved himself in a number of Bowen Island events, activities and groups. Michael joined the library board in January 2015 bringing a wealth of experience on non-profit boards and in the areas of governance and policy development.

 Sue Ellen Fast 2015

Sue Ellen Fast – Council Rep

Sue Ellen is a longtime Bowen resident and has served on innumerable boards, committees and task groups. She was elected to municipal office in December 2014 and was appointed to the library board in January 2015.