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Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

The Barrie Public Library is governed under the Provincial Public Libraries Act by a nine member board appointed for four years by City Council. Representation exists on behalf of the public-at-large, City Council and the Public and Catholic School Divisions. The Board's role is to provide over-all policy direction in order to position the library as a community partner, advocate for adequate funding to deliver library services on behalf of the entire community, and to ensure that good management practices are followed.

Ray Duhamel (Chair)

Ray has served on the Barrie Public Library Board since 2006, and was elected Chair in 2014 and Vice-Chair for the years 2010 and 2011. This new term will be filled with exciting milestones for the library. The opening of the Painswick Branch, planning library services for the annexed lands and underserviced areas in Barrie such as Holly will be priorities during this term.

Ray was raised in Waterloo, Ontario and obtained a Geography and History Degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and later a Master’s Degree in City Planning from the University of Manitoba. He has worked in Barrie for 15 years and is a Partner with The Jones Consulting Group which is a local land use planning and civil engineering firm. Ray and his family have lived in Barrie since 2004.

Ray believes that the library plays an important social and cultural role within the City. He looks forward to making a positive contribution to ensure that the Barrie Public Library’s role is enhanced so that library services are utilized and enjoyed by all residents.

Ray can be reached at rduhamel@jonesconsulting.com

Sergio Morales (Councillor Representative)

As the councillor of Barrie’s Ward 9, Sergio became the 2nd youngest councillor in Barrie’s history when he was elected at the age of 21 as the only new councillor to unseat an incumbent in the 2014 election, and as the youngest councillor in Barrie history to be elected by a majority mandate, with 51.3% of the vote in a field of 3 candidates.

Raised in Barrie’s “small-town” north-east end and now representing the growing south-east, Sergio considers himself an “all-Barrie resident” with deep roots in our community who has lived and understands both the rich history that this town owes its past to and the exciting future this city is heading towards.

A graduate of St. Monica’s elementary school and St. Joseph’s Catholic High school in the north end, Sergio attended the University of Saskatchewan to complete his Bachelor of Commerce (B.Comm.), before transferring to the University of Guelph to complete his Real Estate & Housing major with a concentration in economics & community planning within their Bachelor of Commerce (B.Comm.) degree program.

From a very young age, public service is something Sergio never saw as something to be watched from thesidlines, but somethign that was a calling.

That calling lead him to start his political involvement in his university years by discussing the issues of Barrie as an occasional op-ed columnist for the Barrie Examiner, and got to learn the ways politicians can help the lives of people first-hand by serving as an intern in the Barrie provincial constituency office and as a Constituency Assistant in Barrie's federal constituency office.

Beyond council, Sergio has been a proven advocate of a strong education system by serving as the public member of the City of Barrie's NorthShore Trail Working Group, the Catholic Vice-President of the Ontario Students' Trustee Association, & the Student Trustee of the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board, where he sat on the Policy Committee and was awarded the Inclusion Excellence Award for his advocacy work on the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC).

In the 2014-2018 Barrie City Council, Sergio is continuing his vision for infrastructure investments & smart growth by serving on the Infrastructure, Investment, & Development Services Committee, the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority, the Barrie Municipal Non-Profit Housing Corporation, & the Accessibility Committee.

 Through these committees, Sergio hopes to help set the city in a direction of progress that acknowledges our Barrie town heritage and sets forward our city to capitalize on future economic and community growth opportunities, all the while ensuring diverse, affordable, and well-designed complete communities that also preserves our environment for proud current & future Barrie generations.

As a member of the Barrie Library Board & the councillor where the new Painswick Library is located, Sergio hopes to bring the energy, bold ideas, and vision to ensure that our library network, in both old and new Barrie, become a thriving community hub for all to enjoy.

Sergio can be reached at Sergio.Morales@barrie.ca

Rose Rommita (Councillor Representative)

Rose is the Councillor representative for Barrie's Ward 2 and was recently appointed to the Barrie Public Library Board. Welcome Rose!

Rose can be reached at rose.romita@barrie.ca 

Michael Sauro

Michael was born in London, Ontario and attended the University of Western Ontario earning a double Honours degree in Political Science & History. He worked in Leadership Development and Transitional services for the University focusing on students entering their first year of post-secondary. Michaels' prost-graduate studies were in the field of Human Resources and he continued his career working for Canada's largest private sector employer in Labour Relations and Human Resources' roles.

Michael's hobbies include politics, finance/stocks and he is an active film enthusiast.

Michael has been a resident of Barrie since 2007 and is thankful for the opportunity to serve the City on the Board of Trustees.

Michael can be reached at mgsauro@gmail.com

Rosslyn Junke

Rosslyn ‘Roz’ Junke was raised in St. Catharines and attended Queen’s University where  she obtained her B.A. Honours in Canadian Studies and spent many hours in the University’s Douglas Library. For many years, Roz had the pleasure of working in marketing and communications in book publishing, connecting authors and illustrators with their reading public, the media, bookstores and libraries. Her two children reintroduced her to the joys of the public library in both Peterborough and Barrie.

A resident of Barrie's east end since 1999, Roz currently works for the United Way of Greater Simcoe County as Campaign Manager. Previously, she worked for the Learning Disabilities Association of Simcoe County where her publishing experience served as a reminder that everyone deserves to learn to read and write and to be provided with the necessary tools to succeed.  As a member of the ‘Branching Out’ capital campaign, Roz sees the Library as an essential community hub. She is delighted to be part of the dedicated team of volunteers and staff who worked hard to raise both funds and awareness, to expand the library’s reach into the south end, with the building of the Painswick branch.

Roz is a big supporter of Hospice Simcoe, Barrie Soccer Club and Steele St. Public School.

Roz can be reached at rosslynjunke@gmail.com

Ruth Reynolds (Vice Chair)

   

Ruth was elected Vice Chair of the Board November 2015. She was born in Germany, and came to Canada at the age of 9 months.  Ruth attended elementary school in Windsor, secondary school in Toronto and graduated from York University with Honours in English.  Ruth then completed a Masters of Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.  Ruth worked for the Etobicoke Board of Education and the Toronto District School Board for 40 years as an elementary teacher and she also specialized in Speech & Language, Reading Recovery, Educational Assessment, and English as a Second Language.  Ruth chaired Professional Development for 1100 elementary teachers for the Etobicoke Board of Education.  Ruth established a private catering business and a private tutoring business.  Ruth volunteered with the CNIB, Queensway Hospital, Etobicoke Arts, and the Humane Society.  In 2007 Ruth moved to Barrie and has volunteered at the library for the past year and a half.  Ruth would like to bring her skills, experience, energy and enthusiasm to contribute to the ongoing development of the Barrie Public Library to meet the constantly evolving needs and interests of the Barrie community.

Ruth can be reached at rutareynolds@gmail.com

Michael Werenich

Born and raised in Barrie, Michael has a keen interest in the development of the City of Barrie and its needs and wants. In particular the wants of citizens who are patrons of the Barrie Public Library Downtown/Main branch and Painswick branch. Being a product of both the elementary and secondary public school system (SCDSB), Michael has used the Barrie Public Library from an early age at it's old location on Collier St right beside City Hall. Spending many hours inside the Barrie Public Library and Innisdale Secondary School Library - he found a fascination for the Library books and love of learning.  Indeed, "Learning never stops."

Michael graduated from both Western University and OISE/UT Faculty of Education. He has taught in many settings including elementary, secondary and internationally. Completing a year at the American International School in Genoa, Italy - teaching IB History and looking over the secondary school library.

Michael has a multitude of teaching experience and teacher library experience in both the Peel District School Board and Simcoe County District School Board. He is a current teacher and teacher librarian - dept head of Nottawasaga Pines Secondary School. Opening a new school and new location for the Essa Public Library in 2011. This is the only elementary and secondary school in the SCDSB to have both a secondary school library and public library (Essa Public Library) main branch in Angus, ON.  Both the school and public "share access to the same space." Its very interesting to see 4 year olds from the public meet 14 year olds high school students.  Mutual respect is shown by all patrons of the school/public library.   We all work together.   

Looking forward to continuing the love of learning for "all patrons" and creating a "welcoming environment" for all patrons. Looking at the future development of the Main downtown branch and the Painswick branch of the library moving to expand and meet the needs of "all citizens" in Barrie to gain access to the wonderful service of the Barrie Public Library.

Sir Winston Churchill said "you make a living by you get, but you make a life by what you give."

Michael can be reached at mrwerenich@hotmail.com

Austin Mitchell

  

Austin was appointed to the Board of Trustees in early 2016. As a resident of Barrie since 2009, he has been a regular patron of the library, a tradition he shares with his wife, Jenna, and son, Jonas. He has wanted to give back to the community in an active way for several years, and the Library, a service he regularly enjoys, was where he wanted to focus his contributions. Austin looks forward to ensuring the community’s library needs are met for many years to come.

Born and raised in North Bay, Ontario, Austin obtained his Bachelors of Business Administration Degree (Honours) in the Accounting stream, and graduated with distinction. After University, Austin was offered a position with BDO Canada LLP and moved to Barrie to work in the local office. He has been there for 6 years, and is now a Manager of Accounting and Assurance. With BDO, Austin earned his Chartered Accountant designation in the summer of 2012 and his Chartered Professional Accountant designation in the fall of 2012.

Using the extensive knowledge he has gained relating to Not for Profit and Municipal organizations during his career, Austin will help ensure the library excels as its community continues to grow.

Austin can be reached at austin_mitchell87@yahoo.ca 

Marc Saunders, (CEO, Barrie Public Library)

The Barrie Public Library is pleased to welcome Marc Saunders to the role of Chief Executive Officer, beginning on August 2.  Marc comes to the Barrie Public Library with 14 years in senior management roles in libraries.  As a part of his most recent position of Director of Libraries at the Thompson-Nicola Regional District Library, Marc spearheaded the creation of a digital newspaper archive and dramatically increased adult and children's programming.  He is passionate about promoting literacy, is a great believer in the value of community partnerships and is very interested in the evolving public library service model.  We look forward to Marc continuing this work with the Barrie Public Library, ensuring the library remains relevant, effective and efficient for our community.

Marc can be reached at marc.saunders@barrie.ca