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The Chatham-Kent Public Library Board sets the strategic direction for Chatham-Kent Public Library. The Library Board oversees the library's budget and financial expenditures, supports the library through advocacy, and appoints a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to provide general supervision over and direction of the operations of the library and its staff.

The Chatham-Kent Public Library Board is a governing board under the Ontario Public Libraries Act. The Library Board is comprised of four members of Municipal Council and seven citizen appointees. Municipal Council appoints all trustees, and approves the annual budget but does not authorize any specific actions or decisions of the Library Board. 

The CEO/Chief Librarian attends Library Board meetings and serves as the link between the Library and the Municipality's senior management team and Council. If you would like to make a deputation to the Library Board, please Ask CKPL for a Request to Make a Deputation form.

Contact the Library Board at

2019 - 2022 Chatham-Kent Public Library Board

  • Mark Authier, Councillor
  • Linda Campbell
  • Kristen Carter
  • Robert W. Clarke, Chair
  • Kate do Forno
  • Amy Finn, Councillor
  • Cecila Mackey
  • Mary Clare Latimer, Councillor
  • Steve Pinsonneault, Councillor
  • Fannie Vavoulis
  • Margaret Young 

Board Meetings

The Library Board has a minimum of seven regular meetings a year on the fourth Tuesday of the month (except July and August) at 5:00pm. Most meetings take place at the Chatham Branch, although the Board periodically meets at one of the other branches. Library Board meetings are currently being held virtually via Zoom. For meeting agendas and minutes, see Committees Of Council: Chatham-Kent Public Library Board

Library Board Member Recruitment

Are you passionate about the Chatham-Kent Public Library? Willing to represent the interests, concerns and attitudes of the community? Interested in being an active participant in Board leadership activities in the community?

If you are passionate about the Chatham-Kent Public Library and have skills in advocacy, fundraising, policy making, strategic planning or board governance, consider applying to become a member of our Library Board. We need and want strong community support and involvement. Apply Today!

The CKPL Board is established under the Ontario Public Libraries Act and, as a governance board, is responsible for providing CKPL with strategy and oversight, CEO support, financial stewardship, policy framework and advocacy. Seven of its members are community representatives that reflect the distinctiveness of our municipality. For more information, please contact CEO / Chief Librarian Tania Sharpe


A Library Board member:

  • Promotes and advocates the value of Public Libraries in the Chatham-Kent community
  • Recognizes the library is a prized cultural asset in the community
  • Establishes long-range goals and objectives for Chatham- Kent Public Library (CKPL)
  • Identifies and represents local community needs and interests
  • Assists with the hiring and evaluation of the ongoing performance of the CEO/Chief Librarian
  • Provides strategic oversight to ensure the delivery of programs and services that reflect the unique needs and interests of Chatham-Kent
  • Approves for presentation to Municipal Council an annual budget which provides sufficient levels of funding to ensure quality library service
  • Monitors and evaluates the management of the library within approved budget limits
  • Adheres to the Ontario Public Libraries Act, its regulations and legislation


A Library Board member will be:

  • Passionate about public libraries
  • Willing to represent the interests, concerns and attitudes of their community
  • Willing to work with other Board members and the CEO/Chief Librarian in a team environment to provide programs and services that meet the needs in the Chatham-Kent community
  • Recognized as actively involved in our community 
  • Interested in being an active participant in Board leadership activities in the community
  • Skilled in marketing, media relations, advocacy, fundraising, finance, business, literacy or other not-for-profit committee experience

Board Structure

CKPL is governed by the "Ontario Public Libraries Act" and its regulations as well as other applicable legislation.

Municipal Council is responsible for appointing Public Library Board Members immediately following municipal elections and when vacancies occur. Positions are for four years and terms are concurrent with Municipal Council. The 11-member board consists of seven community representatives and four members of Council.

An applicant should be:

  • At least 18 years old
  • A permanent resident of Canada
  • A resident of Chatham-Kent
  • Not employed by CKPL or the Municipality of Chatham-Kent
  • Able to attend 7 regular meetings per year and additional planning and committee meetings as required. 

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