Board Members

Request for Volunteer Library Board Members

October 26, 2022

Bowen Island Municipality and Bowen Island Public Library are seeking applications from Bowen Island residents interested in joining the Bowen Island Public Library Board. We are seeking applications from members of the public with diverse skills and interests who are committed to the ideals of open and equitable access to information through public library service.

Key duties of the Library Board are:

  • Setting the strategic direction and goals of the library.
  • Determining policy and rules for managing the provision of public library services and for regulating the use of the library facilities and programs by the public.
  • Appointing and reviewing performance of the Chief Librarian.
  • Preparing an annual operating budget to present to Council.
  • Reviewing the annual operating budget and monitoring revenue and expenditures through the year.

The Board meets 10 times per year on the third Thursday of the month.

Interested individuals are asked to submit a one-page summary of their background, skills and expertise relative to the duties and responsibilities of the position. Information about the role of Library Board members can be found below, and further questions can be emailed to

Interested applicants are asked to respond in writing, via email, fax or regular mail, with the requested information by Friday, November 25, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. to:

Sophie Idsinga, Interim Corporate Officer
Bowen Island Municipality
981 Artisan Lane
Bowen Island, BC
V0N 1G2
FAX: 604-947-0193

Library Board

Monthly board meetings are now held in-person in the Library Annex, with attendance via Zoom video conferencing also available. If you would like to attend a board meeting via Zoom, please email us at by 1 pm on the meeting day and we will send you Zoom link information.

Board Function: 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.

Meeting Schedule: The Board meets at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month (with summer and December meetings at the call of the Chair). 2022 Schedule below:

  • January 20
  • February 17
  • March 17
  • April 21
  • May 19
  • June 16
  • August (no meeting)
  • September 15
  • October 20
  • November 17 (Zoom online board meeting. Email by 5pm Nov. 17 if you wish to attend by Zoom)

Find out more information here about the roles and responsibilities of the Board.

Meet the board :

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

Beatrice Anderson

A patron and supporter of the library since moving to Bowen in 1996, Bea was appointed to the Board in 2020. A lover of books and good writing, she is a decision maker at an administrative law tribunal.

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.

Len Gilday

Len has lived on Bowen for over twenty-five years. A retired documentary film-maker, Len is an avid photographer of flowers, landscapes and animals (including humans). Len is co-author of the Bowen best-seller The Marine Atlas of Newlélewem/Bowen Island—you can check out a copy from the library. Len has been privileged to be a member of the library board off and on since 2001.

 Jeb Gutelius

Jeb helps musicians create innovative social change ranging from mental health care to LGBTQ homelessness.

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.

Jen Harvey

One of the newest Board members, Jen is a life-long library enthusiast who tends to head straight for the “new reads” section at the Bowen Library.   Her education, volunteering and work experience tie together her interest in place, well-being and community. She works as a residential realtor helping folks feel at home.  If you spot Jen and her corgi Miso on the trails, say hello!

Don Heth

Don was a professor for 37 years in the Faculty of Science at the University of Alberta, where he taught psychology at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Don has published about 50 scientific articles and book chapters research topics in his discipline, but is most proud of the ways he was able to use technology to push the boundaries of scientific communication and explanation.

 Peter Matthews

Peter Matthews

Peter and his wife Susan came to Bowen in 2006. He has worked as an engineer in electricity supply, marine acoustics, engine controls, and approving aircraft software.  As a (now ex) sailor Peter contributed around 15 volunteer years to Marine Search and Rescue. He also works on the garden and house – often under Sue’s direction –  and has served on Tunstall Bay Community Association & First Credit Union Boards. Peter is a Rotarian and an Emergency Social Services volunteer. He hopes to contribute to the evolution of our Library.



Susan Munro (Chair)

Susan has worked in legal publishing since 1988 and now serves as Director of Publications for the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia. She is enjoying her second term on the Bowen library board; she was a board member from 1997 to 2003 and rejoined the board in 2015. She has lived on Bowen since 1996; she also plays fiddle and ukulele with the Chillbillies.

Kellee Ngan

Kellee is a writer, arts administrator, and lifelong supporter of public libraries. She joined the Bowen Library board in January 2022.

 Rachelle Smalldon