EPL Board of Trustees

Trustees
The Edmonton Public Library Board consists of 10 Trustees, one of whom is a member of City Council. Trustees are appointed annually by City Council to a maximum of six years.

If you have any questions related to Board activities, recruitment or any other matter, please contact the Board Secretary, Lisette Lalchan.

Contact Board Secretary
Lisette Lalchan
Phone: 780-496-7051
Fax: 780-496-7097
Email: Lisette.Lalchan@EPL.CA

Meet the EPL Board

James Crossman

Chair

Appointed May 1, 2019

Rosalie Russnak

Vice Chair

Appointed June 1, 2020

Shawna Vogel

Trustee

Appointed April 30, 2023

Mark Hoosein

Trustee

Appointed May 14, 2024

Sandra Marin

Trustee

Appointed May 1, 2019

Councillor Karen Principe

City Council Trustee

Appointed November 10, 2021

Tina Faiz

Trustee

Appointed June 1, 2020

Rebecca Bock-Freeman

Trustee

Appointed April 30, 2023

Chad Schulz

Trustee

Appointed June 1, 2020

Mansur Bitar

Trustee

Appointed April 30, 2023

Board Responsibilities

Our Board governs the Edmonton Public Library (EPL), advocates for support and raises awareness of our services and initiatives. Board members are our community leaders and they ensure EPL is always improving, thinking about our future and how to best serve the citizens of Edmonton.

The Board has full governing powers over the Library. Its status and powers come from the Alberta Libraries Act.

Committees

Governance & Nomination Committee

Members:

  • Sandra Marin (Chair)
  • Tina Faiz
  • Shawna Vogel
  • Kenna Houncaren (Ex-Officio)

Finance & Audit Committee

Members:

  • Rosalie Russnak (Chair)
  • Councillor Principe
  • Mansur Bitar
  • Kenna Houncaren (Ex-Officio)

HR & CEO Performance Management Committee

Members:

  • Chad Schultz (Chair)
  • Rebecca Bock-Freeman
  • James Crossman
  • Kenna Houncaren (Ex-Officio)

Board Meetings

Generally, the Board meets the second Tuesday of every month at 5:30 p.m. Meetings take place at the Stanley A. Milner Library, but also at branches across the city.

Board Meetings are public, but if a confidential matter needs to be discussed, portions of the meeting may be in private. Agendas can be found under Agendas & Minutes.

The Board Chair guides the meeting agendas and approves items submitted for consideration by trustees and staff.

Get Involved

Edmontonians may request to speak to the EPL board on a specific agenda item. Please submit written notice to the Board Secretary of intent to speak by 12 p.m. one business day prior to the meeting. In addition, individuals may request to place an item on an upcoming agenda. If so, please submit written notice and detailed information on the presentation topic to the Board Secretary at least five business days prior to the meeting. For more information on meetings, please see our Public Presentations at EPL Board Meeting Policy.

2024 Board Meeting Dates and Locations

Date Location
Tuesday, Feb. 20 Strathcona Branch
Tuesday, March 12 Stanley A. Milner Library (Downtown)
Tuesday, May 14 Lois Hole Library
Tuesday, June 11 Stanley A. Milner Library (Downtown)
Tuesday, Sept. 10 Londonderry Branch
Tuesday, Nov. 12 Sprucewood Branch
Tuesday, Dec. 10 Stanley A. Milner Library (Downtown)

Agendas & Minutes

If you are interested in older minutes, please contact Administration at 780-496-7051.

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