The Halifax Regional Library Board is composed of 11 members: 8 members who are appointed by the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM), 2 members who are appointed by the Province of Nova Scotia, and the Mayor of HRM, who is an ex-officio member.
This team of community-minded leaders provides important oversight, particularly for strategic planning and operational priorities, financial management and reporting, human resources, and community relations. The Board helps us live our values, implement our strategic plan, and achieve our vision for the Library.
The Halifax Regional Library Board is a corporation that governs the Library in accordance with the Nova Scotia Libraries Act, which regulates regional library service in the Province.
You can contact any member of the Library Board via:
Halifax Public Libraries
60 Alderney Drive
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 4P8
Phone: (902) 490-3991
Appointed in 2017
Cindy O’Driscoll works in the federal public sector, and takes pride in advising and educating small and medium enterprises in Atlantic Canada about government procurement initiatives. Cynthia’s lifelong appreciation for learning has led to a multidisciplinary background that includes an Executive MBA from Saint Mary’s University; a Master of Science in Coastal Zone Management from Bournemouth University, U.K.; and a Master of Arts in Archaeology from Memorial University of Newfoundland. As a resident of downtown Dartmouth, Cynthia visits Alderney Gate Public Library as well as Central Library, and appreciates all the services offered by the library system within HRM. She welcomes this opportunity to serve on the Halifax Library Board and to contribute to the successful implementation of library policies and programs as a representative of the community.
Chair, Planning and Performance Committee
Appointed in February 2019
Kim Brooks is the Purdy Crawford Chair in Business Law at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University. Previous to her time at Dalhousie, Kim held faculty positions at McGill, the University of British Columbia, and Queen’s University and has practiced as a tax lawyer with Stikeman Elliot LLP in their Toronto and London (UK) offices. Kim has served on the Board of Directors for the NSLC, the Canadian Tax Foundation Board of Governors, Canada Health Infoway, and the Institute for Research on Public Policy. She is a novice surfer, but more likely to sign a book about surfing out from the library than to get into the icy water.
Chair, Finance and Audit Committee
Appointed in February 2019
Marika Warren is an Assistant Professor in the Dalhousie University Department of Bioethics and in this capacity serves as the Network Ethicist for the Nova Scotia Health Ethics Network. Marika’s broad research interests focus on how we translate values into practice, and she is excited to engage in and reflect on this process in the context of library governance. Marika has served on a variety of non-profit boards for organizations including the Seminar on the United Nations and International Affairs, the Canadian Bioethics Society, and the South End Community Day Care Centre. She has broad experience as a volunteer, including with the Children’s Reading Support program at the North End branch. The daughter of a high school librarian, Marika has always been a reader and library enthusiast. Few things make her happier than watching her children, arms often laden with more books than they can carry, as they discover their own reasons to love libraries.
Councillor Lisa Blackburn
Appointed in November 2016
Councillor Lisa Blackburn earned an honours degree in Journalism from the University of Kings College in Halifax. For more than 25 years, Lisa worked as a broadcast journalist in radio and television with Q-104, LITE 92.9, ATV and Global. She also worked as a columnist with The Daily News and most recently as a web reporter with CBC. Her community service work includes leadership roles with the Cobequid Community Health Centre, Crime Stoppers, the MS Society, The Metro United Way, Muscular Dystrophy, the Beaver Bank Kinsac Community Centre, and local schools. In 2015, Lisa was presented with the HRM Volunteer Award, and sees serving as a municipal councillor as a natural extension of her community service. Councillor Blackburn lives in Beaver Bank with her husband Jamie Paterson and daughter, Bronwyn, who studies nursing. She also has a 22-year-old step-daughter who lives in London, Ontario.
Appointed in February 2019
Alfred Burgesson immigrated from Ghana to Canada with his family at the age of six. He graduated from the Halifax Grammar School in 2015, and continued post-secondary education in Entrepreneurship and Political Science. Alfred is the Founder and Managing Director of HFX Collective, Inc - the collective is a group of young social innovators, on a mission to increase youth engagement by way of creating new opportunities for meaningful employment and participatory engagement. Alfred directs and curates @CityOfHalifax on Instagram. Alfred also works with publicly engaged groups, like the Halifax Social Network and Global Shapers Halifax. He enjoys building ideas with his fellow peers. Alfred is a supporter of placemaking activities, and an advocate for improving community well-being and quality of life. In his spare time, Alfred is an assistant coach for the Halifax Grammar School Junior High boys and Basketball Nova Scotia U14 boys.
Appointed in April 2019
Sharon has a strong love of libraries- having grown up with her grandmother working at the Glace Bay Library for many years.
Sharon is currently enjoying her role in policy and planning with the Nova Scotia Health Authority and has a strong community health background and looks forward to contributing to bringing innovative community concepts including partnerships, programs and policy to the board table for discussion.
Sharon lives in HRM and is active in local theatre and several other local community boards.
Appointed in November 2013
Tara Gault has served as Board Chair since June 2017, and is currently leading the Board’s governance review. She completed her Bachelor of Arts and Law Degrees at Dalhousie University and currently practices law in Halifax. An active volunteer, Tara has served as a restorative justice facilitator with the Nova Scotia Community Justice Society, and as Chair of the Canadian Bar Association’s Nova Scotia Student Section. She enjoys practicing French with the eLibrary’s Rocket Languages, as well as visiting different Library branches with her family.
Appointed in July 2013
Leah Hamilton is currently the Director of Finance & Administration at Symphony Nova Scotia. An active member of the Halifax arts community for more than 20 years, Leah has worked with more than 80 arts, culture, and heritage organizations as a volunteer, consultant, and arts manager. She has extensive experience in business and strategic planning, financial management consulting, mentoring, and policy development. In the past, Leah served as an Executive Director at Halifax Dance, and was a member of the transition team that established the terms of reference for Arts Nova Scotia. She was also a member of the former Nova Scotia Arts Council from 1999 to 2002. Other volunteer experience includes directorships on several boards including the Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Awards Foundation, Arts Consultants Canada, Strategic Arts Management, Theatre Nova Scotia, Eastern Front Theatre, and the Nova Scotia Cultural Network.
Appointed in October 2016
Brad Munro is a recent graduate of Mount Saint Vincent University, earning his Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Studies. His decision to pursue this field of study was prompted by his passion in culture, community, politics, communications, history, and art. Brad’s time working with volunteer associations allows him to engage and connect with his community.
Councillor Tim Outhit
Appointed in November 2018
Tim was born and raised in HRM. He is a graduate of Dalhousie University and has completed executive and management programs at Queen's University, York University, and the University of Toronto. He returned to HRM in 2000 (after living and working for 13 years in Moncton, Vancouver and Toronto) to raise his family in Bedford.
Tim is former president & CEO of novaknowledge. He was Director of Business Development at AOL; World Wide Channels Manager for Electronics Workbench software, and Vice President of QUICKLAW. Tim is fortunate to have conducted business in 10 provinces, 33 US States, and in over a dozen countries.
Tim is married to Dr. Sandra Toze, who teaches within the Faculty of Management at Dalhousie University. He has two daughters, one attending Dalhousie University and one attending University of King's College.
He is also a strong supporter of the objectives of groups such as the Halifax Partnership, Halifax Chamber of Commerce, FUSION Halifax, and the Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia that are striving to grow our economy and combat our demographic challenges.