Anni Holtby, B.Ed., M.A. (Leadership)
Anni is a change management consultant with experience in participatory planning, organizational research, project management, and community development. She has a passion for collaborating with clients to enhance their capacities through strategic and well-grounded decision-making from a strength-based lens. As such, she strives to facilitate a culture of learning; hosting conversations that set intentions and engages participants.
In response to the recent shift from in-person meetings to remote delivery, Anni rose to the challenge to successfully adapt facilitation to an online delivery. Drawing on her teaching and program planning background, she has designed meetings and trainings incorporating online tools for her consulting and volunteer work.
Anni is currently Chair of the Nelson Public Library and past Chair of the Kootenay Library Federation for which she was honoured with the BC Library Trustees Association’s Nancy Bennett Governance Merit Award in 2020.
“Creating a healthy, vibrant community is deeply important to me; it is why when I retired from administering community education programs at Selkirk College in 2014, I became involved with Library governance. Libraries are strong social infrastructures that can help alleviate issues that impact our urban and rural communities such as social isolation, poverty, education, climate crisis, and health.” Anni volunteers with Nelson at its Best – a network of organizations working for the well-being and quality of life for all citizens. She also volunteers as an advocacy trainer with Citizens’ Climate Lobby – a nonpartisan grassroot organization with aim to create political will for a liveable world. She co-hosted Climate of Change program with Kootenay Co-op Radio, which won the National Community Radio Award 2017 for Women’s Hands and Voices.
Anni lives on the traditional territory of the Ktunaxa, the Syilx, and the Sinixt peoples, and home to the Métis and many diverse Aboriginal persons, respecting their connections to the land and rivers and the importance of the environment to our strength as a community.