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 open to the public.

You can contact the Board at board@pgpl.ca.

Jennifer Amell

Jenne (she, her/hers), Ontario born and Nova Scotian educated, I moved to Prince George and found a community I now call home. I am a mother who regularly visits and benefits from the library services, programs, books, and safe spaces. I experience rich nostalgia when entering the library; my mother proudly worked in our community library for her entire working career. I remember reading in cozy nooks and studying scattered papers on Titanic tables, all while enjoying the quiet solitude. I am a Registered, Community Occupational Therapist with 12 years experience along the healthcare continuum. I support residents of Prince George and area with challenges that impact their ability to perform desired, everyday activities that requires access and interaction with our community. I bring lived-experienced of integration and quality improvement and resulting resilience.  My personal interests and lived-experience focus on sensory processing challenges with my daughter, she guides me to see and feel the environment differently. The books offered by the library contribute to my personal growth as a human; as I grow into motherhood, unpack systemic racism as a white person, and learn more about myself. For me the library is more than the books on the shelves, it is a safe haven, a resource for learning and growing, and a place to bring people together. I am delighted for the opportunity to contribute to the Prince George Public Library Board and our community. 

 

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.

Nik Logan

Nik has had a long and varied history in Prince George. Born and raised here, she eventually attended, then worked at UNBC, alternating between degrees and research jobs in various departments, and finally settling on education. She currently teaches Humanities and Art at Duchess Park Secondary. A former reporter here in Prince George, and in Quesnel and Prince Rupert, she has always viewed strong literacies as imperative to happiness… now as a teacher, she spends her days pushing that value on youngsters. Such values have always drawn her to libraries, but she likely would have spent more time there as an adult if she were not such a book hoarder.

Melvin Aksidan

Mel Aksidan is an Indigenous Education Worker, for School District 57.  Currently at Duchess Park Secondary School.

Born in Terrace, raised in Gitsegukla BC. Mel has come a long way to be where he is in his life’s journey. Up until recent years, his education was always left on the “back burner”.

Starting off as an Inland fisherman, in the Hazelton area, where the industry died over night, he quickly realized that employment opportunities were plummeting.

He then decided to move East, to Prince George, in 1999. Here he worked plenty of jobs, from shipping and receiving, to convenient stores, to casino supervisor, to customer service, to tough labour positions, to driving heavy machinery. Then finally, at the age of 37, Mel finally deciding to pursue an education.

“After finally taking my education piece off the back burner, I’ve grown to realise the importance of having an education. It is very essential for everyone. It has a positive effect on peoples lives. Some feel education isn’t worth it, but after years of just “surviving”, I’ve realised that having an education opens many doors and creates opportunities. Education and Libraries go hand in hand, you can’t have a successful education without a resourceful Library. Therefore, I am honored to help serve this community, that I now consider home, by doing my very best as a Prince George Library Board Member”

Robert Affleck

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.

Arlene Stevens

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.

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 Demers

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.

Anna Duff

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.