BCLTA Board and Staff

Please contact the Executive Director, Jerrilyn Kirk, with any membership questions including access to BCLTA board meeting agendas and reports or to connect with any member of the BCLTA Board of Directors.

2021 BCLTA Board Meeting Schedule

  • May 11th
  • September 7th
  • December 7th
  • October 26th AGM

Board of Directors

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Mike Gagel

President 2019-2021
Board Chair, Prince George Public Library Board
On the BCLTA board since 2016

Mike earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Nursing at the University of British Columbia and worked as a nurse for almost 20 years at the BC Cancer Agency, Vancouver Coastal Health, and as a sole proprietor consultant. In the second half of his nursing career Mike progressively focused on staff education through the use of technology. Next, he worked at the BC School Trustees Association (BCSTA) where he was responsible for all of the Association’s technology needs and also supported various trustee committees. Mike currently works for Northern Health as their Regional Manager, Communicable Disease.

As a volunteer, Mike has been on the BCLTA board since 2016, and serves as Chair of the Prince George Public Library Board and its Policy and Governance Commitee, and sits on its Local History Committee. Mike is active in other areas of his community as well. He volunteered with Parent Advisory Councils at the school and district levels, and has been a Scouter with Scouts Canada since 2011. As a Scouter, Mike has been successful with grant applications totaling over $12,000 to support Scouting initiatives in and around Prince George.
As an avid reader, Mike’s interests include medieval European history, and science fiction and murder-mystery novels. He takes full advantage of his Hoopla and OverDrive accounts, and has downloaded many, many audio and ebooks. Some of his other interests include Maker initiatives, birding, backyard astronomy, and travel.

Dave Clark

Director 2019-2021
Cranbrook Public Library Board
On the BCLTA board since 2019

Dave brings a wealth of skills to his board work, is insurance and mutual funds licensed, and is a Certified Financial Planner®, with over 20 years experience with a national company.

Dave’s passion for public libraries began when he received his first library card for the Chilliwack Public Library at the age of six. As well as being the Chair of the Cranbrook Public Library Board, Dave is the board vice-chair for a local charitable thrift store.

Elysia Glover

Director 2019-2021
Greater Victoria Public Library Board
On the BCLTA board since 2019

Elysia (she/her) is a settler of English, Scottish, German and Austrian descent living on the unceded, traditional and ancestral territories of the Lekwungen-speaking peoples, today known as the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations. A citizen representative for the City of Victoria to the Greater Victoria Public Library (GVPL)  Board, Elysia is grateful for the opportunity to serve libraries, their communities and their trustees through her work on the GVPL and BCLTA boards. 

Elysia is passionate about the power of access to inclusive, effective education and has worked as a teacher, facilitator and learning assistant in a variety of school and community settings in Canada, the U.S. and South East Asia. Growing up, access to libraries was fundamental in cultivating her lifelong love of learning. She is a graduate of the United World College of South East Asia and she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with honours and a teaching certification from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY. 

She currently works as the Executive Director of a non-profit working to grow economic opportunities for communities facing barriers. She also co-produces the largest spoken word poetry festival for youth on Vancouver Island. Outside of work, she loves writing, spending time outside, and supporting the local arts community.

Louise Hearty

Director 2020-2022
Surrey Public Library Board
On the BCLTA board since 2020

Louise recently retired as the Director of Access Transit Service Delivery at Coast Mountain Bus Company/TransLink, where she was employed for 28 years in various roles throughout the organization, most recently as Director Access Transit, including being responsible for overseeing the operations of HandyDART including customer feedback, eligibility, and implementing many new initiatives.

Louise has been a Trustee on the Surrey Library Board since January 2018, and serves on the Finance Committee to the Board.  In addition, Louise volunteers her time on non-profit boards and with community organizations assisting new Canadians. Louise has successfully completed numerous courses in Conflict Resolution, Negotiation and Mediation through the Justice Institute of BC.  Louise has experience in fundraising and grant submissions through her volunteer work.  Louise is a life long user and lover of libraries.  In her spare time Louise is fortunate to be able to spend a lot of time with her four grandchildren, two 3 year olds and two 1 year olds!

Brenda Leigh

Director 2019-2021
Vancouver Island Regional Library Board
On the BCLTA board since 2019

Brenda is the current Chair of the Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) Board, representing 38 library branches in BC, spread over a huge territory.   Brenda is also a Regional Director for Oyster Bay-Buttle Lake (Area D) of the Strathcona Regional District and serves on many other Boards and Commissions on behalf of her community.  A graduate of SFU, Brenda has always recognized that access to knowledge and education is one of life’s great equalizers. For more rural and remote communities their libraries are the link to the outside world and to literacy, social connections, and opportunities that may otherwise be beyond one’s reach.
Brenda was first elected in 1993 and is serving in her 26th year of local government.  She has been an enthusiastic VIRL Library Board member and has worked hard to ensure that library services throughout the Vancouver Island and BC Coastal regions are the very best they can be for all communities in the VIRL system.  She is very fortunate to be able to work with a very progressive library board and staff who know how to deliver optimum library services and literacy to all communities within the budget constraints that we face.
From Brenda:

Of all the services that are provided by local government, libraries are the heart and soul of our communities and library services are more popular than even our recreation centres and are in increasingly high demand. I have nothing but admiration for our Library Trustees who are protecting and maintaining our public library systems year-after-year and are so dedicated and passionate about our librarians. It is really very heartening to witness their effort and commitment as they volunteer their time to guarantee the future viability of this wonderful public service.

Caty Liu

Director 2019-2021
Richmond Public Library Board
On the BCLTA board since 2019

Caty is a Senior Operations Analyst with extensive experience and knowledge in the budgeting, financial analysis and business operations of the non-profit housing sector in BC. Caty has successfully completed the Chartered Professional Accountant program and a leadership program at the Justice Institute of BC. Most recently, Caty has been selected to participate the 2019 Women’s Executive Network Wisdom Mentoring Program.

Caty always looks for opportunities to develop new skills and find meaningful ways to give back. Caty has mentored students through her alma mater and the CPA Western School of Business.  In 2018, Caty began to serve as a Board Trustee at Richmond Public Library. In her spare time, Caty loves reading and testing recipes in the kitchen.

Harlan Pruden

Director 2020-2022
Vancouver Public Library Board
On the BCLTA board since 2020

Harlan (nēhiyo/First Nations Cree Nation), works with and for the Two-Spirit community locally, nationally and internationally. Currently, Harlan is an Educator at Chee Mamuk, an Indigenous public health program at BC Centre for Disease Control and is also a co-founder of the Two-Spirit Dry Lab, North America’s first research group/lab that exclusively focuses on Two-Spirit people, communities and/or experiences. Harlan is also the Managing Editor of the TwoSpiritJournal.com and an Advisory Member for the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s Institute of Gender and Health.

Harlan serves on the Vancouver Public Library’s board. Before relocating to Vancouver in 2015, Harlan was co-founder and a Director of NYC community based organization, the NorthEast Two-Spirit Society and was a President Obama appointee to the US Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) and provided advice, information, and recommendations to the Secretary of Health & Human Services and the White House. (In December 2018, Harlan was (happily) fired/dismissed from PACHA by Mr. Trump via Fedex.)

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Rhonda Sherwood

Director, 2020-2022
Vancouver Public Library Board
On the BCLTA board since 2018

Rhonda brings thirty years of wealth advisement expertise and passion to Raymond James. Rhonda’s career began in 1989 at a bank-owned firm. Throughout her career, she advanced into many different roles, including: personal banking officer, financial planner and investment manager. Prior to joining Raymond James in 2016, Rhonda spent fifteen years as a trusted and successful wealth advisor at the full-service brokerage arm of her previous firm.

Rhonda graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Liberal Arts diploma, and has additionally earned her Certified Financial Planner®, Financial Management Advisor, and the Responsible Investment Advisor Certification (RIAC). RIAC certification provides foundational and in-depth training on the identification and implementation of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors to consider when making investment decisions. Rhonda is also securities and insurance licensed.

Rhonda is a passionate advocate within her industry. She has previously volunteered her expertise on a panel for a self-regulating body that oversees and sets financial planning standards and practices. She also puts a high value on education and has acted in an advisory capacity with a local college’s personal finance program and with an industry led publication. Rhonda currently mentors young adults and women through different associations.

Rhonda believes in the importance of giving back to her community. She is a trustee for the Vancouver Public Library Board and director/treasurer for the BC Library Trustees Association. She has previously volunteered on the City of Vancouver’s Women’s Advisory Committee, a civic agency appointed by Vancouver City Council to advise council and staff on enhancing access and inclusion for women and girls to fully participate in city services and civic life.

Rhonda cares deeply about the rights and well-being of animals, practicing veganism (previously vegetarianism), over the past three decades and devoting her time and resources to many animal advocacy projects.


Jerrilyn Kirk sitting on a bench.

Jerrilyn Kirk

Executive Director


Jerrilyn has spent many years serving in various local government capacities including Tumbler Ridge Council, the Peace River Regional District board, North Central Local Government Association, Union of British Columbia Municipalities and Federation of Canadian Municipalities as well as serving as President of the BC Library Trustees Association, Vice Chair of the Lakeview Credit Union board and Vice President of the Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation as well as race director of the Emperors Challenge Mountain race

Jerrilyn places tremendous value on building relationships between and among individuals and groups, creating a stronger more dynamic community of organizations ensuring their sustainability. She is thrilled to be able to put her connections and skills to work for benefit of BCLTA

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Babs Kelly

Learning and Development


Babs (she/her) brings over 30 years of experience facilitating workshops, community forums, and organizational process. She has done extensive community-driven and academic research projects on governance structures, culture, and process and gets a kick out of supporting excellence in fiduciary responsibility, accountability, and transparency while challenging “best practices” and the status quo. Babs is grateful for the opportunity to meet and work with the diversity of people across BC who want to serve their communities through the governance of public libraries.

Babs live and works in Prince George, on the traditional and unceded territory of the Lheidli T’enneh, part of the Dakelh First Nations. 

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Jan Thomas


Jan has served as the administrative assistant for Heritage BC for more than 25 years, ably supporting this not-for-profit organization to deliver annual and regional conferences, annual general meetings, newsletters, website, and government advocacy activities to a province-wide membership.  BCLTA is lucky to have her in-depth knowledge of association management at work for BC public libraries.