Library Board

The Halifax Regional Library Board is composed of eleven appointed members. Eight members are appointed by Halifax Regional Municipality, the Mayor of HRM is a member ex officio, and two members are appointed by the Province of Nova Scotia for a term specified by Cabinet.

To contact any member of the Library Board:   Halifax Public Libraries
Administration Office

60 Alderney Drive,
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 4P8

(902) 490-5744

Alternatively, to contact the Chair of the Library Board: libraryboardchair@halifax.ca

Terms of Reference

Board Members

 

Mayor Mike Savage   His Worship Mayor Mike Savage (ex officio)
http://www.halifax.ca/mayor/index.html
     
Paul Bennett Chair Paul W. Bennett, a Halifax author, education consultant, and professor, was first appointed to the Board by the Nova Scotia Government in June 2010, and re-appointed by HRM in November 2013. Since 2011, Dr. Bennett has represented the Board on the Halifax Central Library Capital Campaign Committee and been an Adjunct Professor of Education at Saint Mary’s University. Over a career spanning three decades, he has headed two of Canada’s leading independent schools, served as an elected Ontario Public School Trustee (York Region, 1988-97), and authored eight books, many policy papers, and numerous articles in the popular and academic press. His latest book is The Last Stand: Schools, Communities and the Future of Rural Nova Scotia (2013). Dr. Bennett is married with two grown children and currently serves as President of the Canadian International Council, Halifax Branch, and as a Board Member with Churchill Academy in Dartmouth.
     
Tara Gault, Vice-Chair, was delighted to join the Halifax Regional Library Board in 2013. She is a graduate of Dalhousie’s Schulich School of Law and is currently articling in Halifax. Tara enjoys being active in her community and is a proud supporter of local arts and culture.  In addition to her role with the Library Board, Tara is also a board member of Nocturne Halifax and a volunteer with the Nova Scotia Community Justice Society. She is a past executive of the Dalhousie Student Union and former chair of the Student Section of the Canadian Bar Association-Nova Scotia.
     
  With over 22 years of management experience leading organizations from the food and beverage industry, distributorship sales, the beauty industry, national and international business consulting to her current role as Vice President of the Maritimes’ largest radio broadcaster, Maritime Broadcasting System, Stephanie Clark brings extensive expertise in the development of corporate cultures that generate growth, employee retention and customer service in organizations.  With years of experience in coaching and mentoring business professionals, Stephanie has a focus on building organizations that are people-centered and make a difference in their communities.  Her passion for the community development extends through the years out of the corporate boardroom into many volunteering initiatives including work with provincial justice department, Dreams Take Flight, Bluenose Marathon, Mental Health Foundation among other regional charities, international home building trips with Habitat for Humanity as well as currently serving on the board of the Maskwa Aquatic club.  Now in her role as board member for the Halifax Regional Library Association, she looks forward to contributing to this dynamic multi-disciplined team to help continue to grow and evolve the library system in HRM.
     
Appointed to the Library Board in January 2015, Lorraine Glendenning is Irish and Canadian, and has been living and working in Halifax since 2005. She graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a BA and completed post-graduate studies in Arts Administration in University College Dublin. In addition, she has post-graduate qualifications in Business Studies and Human Resource Management. She is a strategic thinker with two decades of progressive experience in public service, and is currently employed by the Province of Nova Scotia.  Libraries have always been an important part of her life.  The day she found a place to live in Halifax, Lorraine persuaded her new landlady to help her get a library card. During her first Canadian winter, she often popped into the library on the walk home, to warm up and acquaint herself with Canadian literature. She taught English to other immigrants at the former Spring Garden Road Memorial Public Library and made friends there.  Now she lives in East Lawrencetown and works downtown, so she visits Woodlawn and Musquodoboit Harbour Public Libraries as well as the Halifax Central Library.  Lorraine is very proud to have an opportunity to build community and serve her fellow citizens on the Library Board.
     
Rany Ibrahim   Appointed to the Board in January 2015, Rany Ibrahim brings over two decades of international business experience in private, NGO and public sector organizations. He is a Business Workforce Consultant with the Government of Nova Scotia and a part-time faculty member teaching International Business, Strategy, and Management at Dalhousie. Rany and sits on several professional, academic and volunteer boards such as the CGA Association of Nova Scotia, the Board of Governance & Senate of Cape Breton University, Community Monitoring Committee, and as a Chair of the Sub-Committee on Population, Immigration and Retention with the OneNS Coalition. He is also a freelance writer/analyst. Rany is an immigrant from Egypt and was a former advisor to the Minister of Immigration. Rany’s community and business leadership was recognized with several government, professional and community awards and he was recognized by the House of Assembly for his Contributions and Community Involvement. He is a recipient of the Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award in 2013 and a member of the 2015 Governor General Canadian Leadership Conference.
Leah Hamilton is an Arts Consultant specializing in management, planning and facilitation. Leah combines financial management skills tailored to the non-profit arts and culture sector with a deep appreciation for the value of art, culture and creativity in society. Clients have included dance, theatre and music organizations, First Nations bodies, craft sector organizations, public sector bodies, advocacy groups, and heritage organizations. Leah has conducted numerous research and planning studies, has provided hands-on mentoring and support, and has delivered workshops on governance and financial management.
     
  Janet Newton was appointed by Halifax Regional Council in 2015. She recently moved from Kings County to Clayton Park. She earned degrees at Acadia and Dalhousie Universities, the Library Science diploma from Kingstec Community College and the Certificate in Municipal Governing from Henson College. She has worked as a teacher and an elementary school library technician. From 1988-1997, she served as an elected school board member, including four as Board Chair. From 2000- 2012, she was elected three times to Kings County Council where she served one term as Deputy Warden. She represented council for 11 years on the Annapolis Valley Regional Library Board. She volunteered with numerous organizations, especially Girl Guides, and Canadian Parents for French. She is the mother of three adult children and four grandchildren.