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Governance Documents

Board Meetings

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 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). 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 info@bowenlibrary.ca by 1 pm on the meeting day and we will send you Zoom link information. 2023 Schedule below:

January 19 April 20 July 20 October 19
February 16 May 18 August (no meeting) November 16
March 16 June 15 September 21 December (no meeting)

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.

Sujata Connors
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

Following many years making documentary films for international broadcasters, Len now focuses his lenses on Bowen plants, animals (including humans!), and landscapes. Len is a member of the creative team behind Bowen best-seller The Marine Atlas of Nex̱wlélex̱wem/Bowen Island (available at the library and Phoenix Books) and the website Discovering Kwíla̓km — a guide for exploring the human and natural history of Kwíla̓km/Deep Bay/Mannion Bay. 

Christina Gray

Christina is a mother, architectural historian and keen supporter of public libraries. She has lived on Bowen Island since 2017 and currently teaches architectural history in Vancouver.

 Jeb Gutelius – Vice Chair

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

Don Heth – Chair

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.

Jennifer Madden

Jen works in executive search, is a mother of three boys and has always advocated the importance of public libraries.  She and her family moved to Bowen in 2020 and Jen joined the Board in 2023.

 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.

 

Kellee Ngan

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

Angela Redish

Anji was a professor of economics at UBC for 40 years where she taught economic history and monetary economics. She has published a number of books and articles on the history of money and financial systems.

Anita Schuller

Anita moved to Bowen in 1995 and has worked for over thirty years with newcomers (immigrants and refugees) as an educator, teacher trainer and program manager. She is a linguist who loves to learn languages and spends much of her spare time singing.

 Rachelle Smalldon

Rachelle has worked in non-profit organizations for over 15 years in leadership and management roles and currently serves as Operations Manager at Vantage Point. She has lived on Bowen for over 3 years.