The Board

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.

Contact us

You can contact any member of the Library Board via:
Halifax Public Libraries
Administration Office
60 Alderney Drive
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 4P8
Phone: (902) 490-3991


Chair, Tara Gault

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.

Vice-Chair, Lorraine Glendenning

Appointed 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 and has also completed post-graduate studies in Arts Administration, Business Studies, and Human Resource Management. She is currently studying Workplace Innovation at Royal Roads University. Lorraine is employed with Service Nova Scotia and has a keen interest in issues relating to organizational innovation, making space for creativity in problem-solving, and employee engagement.

Councillor Sam Austin

Appointed in November 2016

Councillor Sam Austin is a longtime resident of downtown Dartmouth and was elected to Regional Council in October 2016. He is passionate about investing in a safe and mobile community, fostering smart growth, protecting Dartmouth’s natural assets and recreation opportunities, and supporting arts and culture. He has Masters degrees in Urban Planning from Dalhousie University and in Political Science from the University of Calgary. Before being elected, Councillor Austin had a successful career in Planning at Public Works and Government Services Canada and was a leader in the community, founding the Tulips on Tulip Street initiative and organizing Jane’s Walk Halifax. He has also served as a board member with the Planning and Design Centre and The Dartmouth Heritage Museum Society. Councillor Austin and his wife Michelle are proud parents to two young daughters, Jana and Marilla. They enjoy getting out and exploring Dartmouth and are regulars at community events such as Switch and Mother Goose, and visiting the market, Library, and Sportsplex.

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.

Stephanie Clark

Appointed in May 2014

Stephanie Clark brings more than 26 years of management experience in a number of industries—food and beverage, distributorship sales, beauty, broadcasting, national and international business consulting—to her current role as President of Black Star Group. Stephanie has extensive expertise in developing corporate cultures that generate growth, drive employee retention, and support customer service. She has a particular focus on building organizations that are profitable while being people-centric and making a difference in their communities. She is an avid small business coach and mentor, and also enjoys helping develop youth entrepreneurship through Junior Achievement Nova Scotia and Enactus Canada. Stephanie’s passion for community development extends beyond the corporate boardroom, and is reflected in her involvement with many volunteering initiatives including her work with the provincial justice department; regional charities such as Dreams Take Flight, Bluenose Marathon, the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia, and Maskwa Aquatic Club;  international home building trips with Habitat for Humanity; and serving as one of the founding members of the not-for-profit Queen Pins. In her role as board member for the Halifax Regional Library Board, she enjoys contributing to this dynamic multidisciplinary team to help continue to grow and evolve the library system in HRM.

Leah Hamilton

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.

Bradley Munro

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.

Janet Newton

Appointed in 2015

Janet Newton earned degrees at Acadia and Dalhousie Universities, the Library Science diploma from Kingstec Community College, and the Certificate in Municipal Governing from Henson College. Janet has worked as a teacher and an elementary school library technician. From 1988-1997, she served as an elected school board member, including 4 years as Board Chair. From 2000-2012, she was elected three times to Kings County Council, where she served a term as Deputy Warden. She represented council for 11 years on the Annapolis Valley Regional Library Board, and has volunteered with numerous organizations, including Girl Guides and Canadian Parents for French. Janet is the mother of 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren, and is currently the Board’s representative on the Library Boards Association of Nova Scotia (LBANS). 

Cindy O’Driscoll

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.

Rev. LeQuita Porter

Appointed in January 2018

Pastor Porter is an ordained minister who has successfully completed the requirements of the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degree from Acadia Divinity College in Wolfville, Nova Scotia in November 2017. She also holds a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey. She is an experienced attorney and business consultant and holds a Juris Doctor of the Law (J.D.) degree, Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree with a concentration in Marketing, and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree with a concentration in Economics. She also has a wealth of practical experience in Christian service, business, law, management and administration. Pastor Porter has served in various capacities as an Entrepreneur, Pastor, Teacher, Trainer, Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Prosecutor, Marketing Manager, Business and Strategic Planning Consultant, Mediator, Counselor, Administrator, and Workshop Facilitator. She is the founder and former Pastor of Kingdom Bible Christian Church of Tampa/St.Petersburg, Florida. She has served as Senior Pastor of the East Preston United Baptist Church since 2010, and currently is the Board Chair of the East Preston Empowerment Academy, which was founded in 2014.