President | Dwight Nagel
In 2004 after 29 years in the R.C.M.P, I took the big jump to retirement. I soon found I must be active in something. Making the decision to run for public office resulted in election to the Redcliff Town Council. The Council position placed me on a number of boards, vice-chair of the Cypress View Foundation, a joint community seniors residence, and the Shortgrass Library System which I chaired from 2005-10. June of 2010 found my wife and I relocating to the Hamlet of Mirror and I now serve on the Alix Library Board.
I enjoy my position on the Alix Board, however I felt that I had more to offer and ALTA has provided me that opportunity. Chairing the Shortgrass Library System provided me insight to the workings of Libraries and board governance.
I now look forward to serving as the ALTA president and continuing our collaborative efforts working with Public Library Branch.
Treasurer & Area 7 | Kelly Aisenstat
Kelly has a long history of volunteer service with libraries and other organizations. Recently he served on the St. Albert Public Library Board for six years, the last four as Chair. During that time Kelly was an effective advocate for the Library and oversaw initiatives such as a branch library proposal, a community needs study, a long-term master plan and the transition to new library leadership.
Kelly is a strong advocate for lifelong education and training, both personally and professionally. He is a founding member of the Alberta Justice Education and Training (JET) Program and is currently Principal for an Articling Student within Alberta Justice. Kelly has delivered training to a wide range of audiences on such diverse topics as public speaking, copyright, public procurement, humour, contracts, performing Shakespeare, electronic health records and, yes, libraries.
When not using libraries, Kelly spends a good portion of his days as legal counsel for Alberta Health and Wellness. He and his wife, Tracy, have lived in St. Albert for over 12 years and are busy raising three lovely children. The whole family is active with the St. Albert Children’s Theatre and the Northern Alberta International Children’s Festival. On occasion, Kelly also appears in local dinner theatre.
Area 1 | Elaine Garrow
Elaine Garrow is currently in her third term on the M.D. of Spirit River #133 Council. She lives on the original family farm that was established in 1916. For many years she and her husband Ace owned Berwyn Insurance in Berwyn, Alberta. In 2000 they moved back to the farm, and in 2001 sold Berwyn Insurance. Elaine returned to college and took the Horsemanship program at Fairview College.
Today she raises Arabians and Quarter Horses and is also an Equine Certified Western Riding Instructor. She instructs horsemanship, judges camps, hosts clinics, and puts on horsemanship camps. Elaines’s main passions are going green, protecting the environment, health care, and making good contributions to the community and province.
As a Councillor for the M.D. #133 she represents the following boards: G-3 PREDA- Chair, Peace Library System – Executive, Municipal Planning Commission, Agricultural Service Board, FCSS Board, Peace River Economic Development Alliance, and Personnel Committee. Elaine also sits on the Community Futures Board as a volunteer.
Area 2 | Don Podlubny
Presently I am in my third term on the Hinton Municipal Library Board and present Chairman and a member of the Yellowhead Regional Library Board. Trough my career in the forestry sector I have sat on numerous boards in a number of capacities. Upon retirement I wanted to give back to the many communities that I and my family have lived in around this great province. The Libraries in these communities have always been a source of knowledge, community awareness and support for me and my family.
My back ground is forestry, a Registered Professional Forest Technologist, from a ranger to a General Manger of forest based Research Company all in the province of Alberta. At this time I am fully retired.
Area 3 | Richard Poole
I became formally involved with the Library board during my first term as Town Councillor in 1995. During this term, I served in the Board for two years. I rejoined the board again during my second term as Councillor in 2004 and have been a board member since. I have been a Town Councillor for the last thirteen years and I was appointed to the PRL board in 2006 and have been a board member since. I have lived in Blackfalds since 1979, where my wife Mary and I raised our four children. For the last fifteen years, I have been working as a Youth Councillor for Parkland Youth Homes in Red Deer.
Area 4 | Diane Osberg
As an Administrator in the Continuing Education Department at SAIT, library education became part of the ground-breaking Distance Education Delivery System utilizing audio teleconferencing, one of the techniques utilized in the Outreach Department. My biggest thrill(s) were working with board colleagues in the construction of libraries in the two communities in which I lived. As the founder (many years ago) of a still active/thriving further education council, I have viewed lifelong learning and continuing education a cornerstone of personal and community development.
I am currently the Chair of Sheep River Library, a councillor for the Town of Black Diamond, representative to Marigold board, a grandma of 10 fabulous youth, an addicted quilter, and soon to be wandering camper (in a trailer).
Area 5 | Neil Stubbs
I am joining ALTA as the representative for Area 5, following my appointment by the City of Lethbridge to the Chinook Arch Regional Library Board. I bring along a diversity of experience, having served on library committees at Selkirk College (Castlegar, B.C.) and at the University of Lethbridge. Additionally, I have served as the chair of the Status of Non-Regular Faculty Committee for the College-Institute Educator’s Association of B.C. (2002-03), during which time I gained experience in board governance at the provincial level.
As a thirteen-year veteran in the field of English instruction, I am currently employed by the University of Lethbridge as a lecturer in Academic Writing, while working towards completing a second Master’s degree in the field of American History. I hope that I can do justice to the legacy of Doug Cooper, my predecessor as Chinook Arch’s representative to ALTA.
Area 6 | Martin Shields
Martin Shields has been involved in municipal governance since 2004 – he served from 2004-2007 as a Councillor and from 2007-present as the Mayor. He holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Education and a Master of Arts and prior to his career in politics; Mr. Shields served as a teacher and school administrator from 25 years and a University part time instructor for 20 years. He currently serves as the President of the Medicine Hat Federal Conservative Constituency Association and the Director of Strathmore-Brooks Alberta Conservative Constituency Association.
Mr. Shields has been living in Brooks with his family for 25 years and is very committed to the success and quality of the community. This is evident through his involvement in various organizations such as the Alberta Library Trustees Association (Board Member), the Shortgrass Regional Library System Board (Vice Chair Person), Palliser Regional Health Board, and the Palliser Area Health Advisory Committee.
Area 8 | Parish Tung
Parish is a current member of the Elk Point Library Board. He has been a member of the NLLS and the NLLS executive committee for the past ten years. He is interested in sports and reading and is a strong supporter of the library.
Calgary Public | Deirdre Harris
Deirdre is the Chief Operating Officer of Hesperian Capital Management Ltd., a Calgary-based portfolio management and investment counseling firm, and has over 18 years of management experience in the financial and investment industry. Deirdre was appointed to the Calgary Public Library Board in 2008 and is currently the Chair of the Services and Facilities Committee and the Audit Committee.
Edmonton Public | Sherill Johnson
Sherrill Johnson joined the Edmonton Public Library Board as a Trustee in 2011. She has a longstanding love of libraries and of learning, and holds degrees in economics, geography and environmental studies. In addition to her academic work, she has trained in the areas of facilitation and dispute resolution.
Sherrill keeps busy doing a variety of contracts in the areas of research, facilitation and writing. Sherrill has previously worked as a consultant with Alberta Health Services, a research associate at the University of Alberta, and a policy researcher with the federal government in Ottawa. She and her family are enthusiastic users of the Edmonton Public Library.
The ALTA Board at ALC 2012
Executive Director | Heather Mayor
Heather brings a valuable combination of non-profit, business and government experience to the Executive Director role. Attending Brandon University, she obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology with a minor in Political Science. Committed to lifelong learning, she has become a Bunraku puppetry Master/Trainer and enjoys sailing, brain gym, yoga, hiking, meditation garden and spending time with her family.
Before joining ALTA, Heather was the Community Coordinator with Community Relations and Strategic Planning with the City of Edmonton, Program Manager and Health Promotions Director with EEA, Alberta MS Public Relations Director and Canadian Red Cross Manager of Volunteers and active with the National Red Cross Disaster Responder Team.
Heather co-owned and launched the first interactive corporate theatre company in Western Canada. Contracting with Hotels and Conference Planning Managers, theatre and entertainment productions were customized and developed for National and Provincial Events. She was chosen for the role of Producer Assistant in the development of a CBC television history movie documentary.
Growing up in a small prairie town in Manitoba, Heather frequented her local community library always trying to take out more books than what was allowed (two books) and to persuade the librarian to purchase more of her favorite books.
Heather is committed to supporting Library Trustees across Alberta.