Board Members

The Prince George Public Library is directed by a dedicated volunteer Board appointed by Prince George City Council. Meetings of the Prince George Public Library Board are held on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. These meetings are open to the public.

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Emilio Caputo

Emilio was born and raised in McBride, British Columbia but has spent the last five years in Prince George attending the University of Northern British Columbia. He will soon graduate in May 2019 with a BA Honours in History with the hopes of moving onto graduate studies in the coming years. His interest in accessible education and continued learning has inspired him to seek a position on the Library Board, where he sees value in libraries as public and cultural spaces. His travels often bring him to libraries of many sorts which he hopes will inspire the development of Prince George’s library. He has spent these past few years finding ways to serve his community in many volunteer organizations and is excited to continue this work with his recent appointment to the Board.

Myta Blacklaws

Myta and her family have recently moved to Prince George after living in Halifax, Nova Scotia for the past 9 years. She is delighted to serve as a library board member as reading and public library spaces have always been an essential part of her life. She has a BA in Psychology and a BSW in Social Work. She has worked in the shelter system as well as in federal politics. She is currently completing her Masters in Social Work while raising two energetic toddlers. Myta is excited to be a part of and start contributing to our thriving community!

Alan Idiens

Alan was born in Cumberland, BC. Though he spent most of his life growing up in Alberta, he has made his home in and around Prince George since 1987. The work in his life ranged widely: gas jockey, hotel desk clerk, consultant, financial planner and college instructor (economics and business). He has served as a board member with several organizations, most notably the Canadian Mental Health Association (locally and provincially) as well as with the Nechako Valley Historical Society. He is a former member of the library board (2009-2010) and is delighted to return. Being on this board was, and is, a positive experience because one learns from it at least as much as one gives. Born in 1942, Alan hopes he will live long enough to see a decent (disability friendly) entrance to the library.

Mike Gagel - Chair

Mike earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Nursing at the University of British Columbia. He started his career as a nurse and for almost 20 years progressively focused his career on staff education and the use of technology. For the next ten years, Mike worked at the BC School Trustees Association where he was responsible for all the Association’s technology needs and supported various trustee committees. Mike currently works for Northern Health as their Regional Manager, Communicable Disease.

Hailing from Vancouver, Mike and his family moved to Prince George in the summer of 2013. An active volunteer, Mike is a local Cub Scout leader, is Chair of his children’s school Parent Advisory Council (PAC), and sits as a director of the SD57 District PAC. He is also a director with the BC Library Trustees Association. An avid reader, Mike’s interests include medieval European history, and science fiction and modern murder-mystery novels. He has listened to dozens of audio books and downloads e-books frequently. Mike’s other interests include Maker initiatives, birding, backyard astronomy, and travel.

Astrid Nicolson

Astrid was born and raised in Scotland but moved to Canada. Prior to relocating to Prince George, she lived on Vancouver Island and graduated from high school in Nanaimo, BC. She graduated from UNBC in 2016 with a BA in Political Science, and is hoping to return to university for graduate studies in the next year or two. She lives in town with her partner, cat, and daughter, and enjoys fishing, writing, painting, and martial arts.

Mike Erickson - Vice Chair

Originally from the Lower Mainland, Mike Erickson moved to Prince George in 2008 to pursue a career as a radio announcer. After several years with The Wolf@97FM (now Country97), Mike obtained a bachelor's degree and is currently working in communications with Northern Health. He strongly believes that local libraries are an equitable way to improve literacy in youth and encourage life-long learning for adults. A self-proclaimed "nerd," Mike is often found with a fantasy or graphic novel in hand. He is honoured to be serving Prince George as a member of the Board.

Carolynne Burkholder-James

Carolynne is an articling student at Heather Sadler Jenkins LLP. She was born and raised in Vanderhoof and is happy to return to Northern BC after working and attending university in Vancouver, Ottawa and Winnipeg. Before pursuing a career in law, she worked as a newspaper editor for five years. She also sits on boards of the UNBC Alumni Association and the UNBC Childcare Society. Carolynne sits on the Governance Committee.

Councillor Terri McConnachie

Terri has been a citizen of the City of Prince George for the better part of forty years and has raised a family of three here, together with her husband, Kevin. The former General Manager of the Prince George Exhibition, she participated in bringing the community event to its centennial celebrations. Terri is an active volunteer and recently retired from the City of Prince George Heritage Commission. The present Executive Officer for the Canadian Home Builders' Association of Northern BC and an invested member of the Nechako Rotary Club. Terri was elected to a seat on City Council in 2014 and appointed to the Prince George Public Library Board.

Kirk Walker

Kirk grew up in Prince George and he has fond childhood memories of reading in the PG Public Library’s “People Chairs.” He spent 17 years in Vancouver in television and film production. Kirk is now the Alumni Relations Officer at the University of Northern British Columbia. He has a BA in Anthropology from UNBC and is currently completing his Master’s in Interdisciplinary Studies. He serves as an ex-officio director on the board of the UNBC Alumni Association.