Board Members



During the COVID-19 pandemic, and until further notice, monthly board meetings will be held by Zoom video conferencing. If you would like to attend a board meeting, please email us at by 1 pm on the meeting day and we will send you Zoom link information. The Board will NOT be meeting in December 2020.

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 the library at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month (with summer and December meetings at the call of the Chair). 202o Schedule below

  • January 16
  • February 20
  • March 19 – CANCELLED
  • April 16
  • May 21
  • June 18
  • July 16
  • September 17
  • October 15
  • November 19

For more information about the roles and responsibilities of the Board click here.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.



 Steve Mitchell

Steve moved to Bowen Island with his wife Lea in 2014 after a lengthy career as a communications professional with firms in Vancouver and Toronto. He studied literature at university and has remained an avid life-long reader and lover of libraries. He joined the Bowen Library board in 2018.


Susan Munro

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.


  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.

 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.