Arlene was born in Saskatchewan, spending the majority of her youth between Saskatchewan and Victoria, BC, where the local library played an important role in her life. It was the Saskatoon Public Library that instilled in her a passion for history, the unknown, music, theater, and a desire to write. It is because of the library and the wonder it offered that Arlene chose to go into the field of Religious Studies and Anthropology, in which she became a published writer and was featured in an article on the front page of the Globe and Mail on the topic of the Trailer Park Boys. She also worked in the Department of Native Studies at the University of Saskatchewan, where she had the opportunity to work under such inspirational people as Métis author Maria Campbell and Cree storyteller Tyrone Tootoosis. Arlene next moved to the Department of Medicine at the University of Calgary to work as a researcher. From Calgary she went to the Shuswap and a rewarding experience with the Columbia Shuswap Regional Fire Department. Arlene now works as conductor for CN Rail in Prince George, a career that affords her the luxury to focus on her passion: writing and aspiring to become a published author. With all things in her life, everything seems to have come full circle and back to the library, this time with the hopes of being a benefit to the Board and to the Prince George Public Library system.
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.
Contact the Board at email@example.com.
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.
Fiona attended high school in Prince George and after living in the lower mainland for several years she returned to Prince George to raise her three children here. As a lifelong patron of the library and an avid reader Fiona is very pleased to be part of the board. One of Fiona’s earliest volunteer experiences was volunteering with the children’s summer reading program at the Prince George Public Library when she was a teenager. Fiona has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Victoria and a Master of Counselling Psychology degree from the University of Calgary and she is a Canadian Certified Counsellor. Fiona has been working in the field of family reunification and family preservation for the past 10 years and is passionate about preventative services. As the Team Lead of the Intensive Family Preservation Services Program at Carrier Sekani Family Services she is fortunate to able to pursue this passion.
Born and raised in Prince George, Anna has fond memories of regular library visits as a child, starting by borrowing from the children’s section, then youth, teen and finally ascending the stairs and exploring the literature on the second floor.
Anna is actively earning a Graduate Certificate in Tourism Management from Royal Roads University. She currently holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a Minor in Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management from the University of Northern British Columbia. After graduating, she worked for more than three years with Tourism Prince George, including during the 2015 Canada Winter Games. In 2018, she joined Northern Development Initiative Trust where she works in communications.
Having always worked for non-profit societies that are governed by a board of directors, Anna is very pleased to be a part of the board and is keen to advocate for the library and its valuable services.
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 (Vice Chair)
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.
Carolyn has lived in Prince George for the last twenty years and is proud to be raising her family on the traditional territory of the Lheidli T’enneh. She is the Executive Director of Two Rivers Gallery and leads a team that is committed to engaging the community through deep participation and inspiring creativity in the region. She sits on the Council for the BC Museums Association. Her family has made great use of the library over the years and she admires the accessible services and programs it shares with the community.
Bob has a long-standing connection with Prince George, having moved away more than once, but always returning. He has very fond memories of being taken to the Prince George Public Library on Saturday mornings starting in 1966 when his family moved here during the Pulp Mill boom. Curious George was initially popular but gave way to Enid Blyton over time and the life-long love of reading took shape.
Bob spent the last 30 years working in the Human Resources field in Prince George. He started with Canfor later moving to UNBC as a founding employee where he helped build the HR Department and the University’s HR programs from the ground up. Following his time at UNBC, for the past many years, Bob worked with Westcoast/Spectra Energy.
Bob served on the Prince George Art Gallery Board as it planned its move and fund raising efforts to build the Twin Rivers Gallery and also worked on Progress PG committees for a number of years. Bob and his wife Catherine have been fortunate to be able to travel extensively and plan to continue this lifelong passion in his, still new, retirement. Gardening, exercise and reading remain important to Bob. He and Catherine believe that public libraries everywhere play key roles in their communities. He continues to be a regular user of the Prince George Public Library and is looking forward to giving back to the place that has always been important in his life.