Jim Jenkinson

Jim Jenkinson

Invermere Public Library Trustee

Jim earned his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees in Ontario, where he began his teaching career. In 1998, Jim and Nancy moved their family to the Columbia Valley – a region in the Rocky Mountain Trench near the headwaters of the Columbia River. Before retiring in 2018, Jim balanced overlapping contracts as an educator and a training facilitator with the Rocky Mountain School District, College of the Rockies, WorkBC and Statistics Canada. Jim was also an elected public school trustee for three terms. During that time, he served on the education committee of the British Columbia School Trustee Association (BCSTA) – where he met Mike Gagel. Jim continues to encourage adults to take control of their learning and to reference their experiences during training sessions.

Jim is an active volunteer in Invermere; including administration roles with sports clubs and organizing charity golf tournaments. He enjoys reading historical fiction and novels written by Canadian authors. Jim is a rookie trustee on the Invermere Public Library Board and brings years of board governance experience to the table. He participated in a recent TOP session and liked the cooperative learning approach. Jim thrives on change and new challenges, so he enthusiastically accepted the opportunity to join the BCLTA TOP Facilitation Team.

Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services Consultations for the Budget 2020: Letter Template

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June **, 2019

Attention: Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services


Regarding 2020 BC Government Budget Priorities

Dear Committee Members,

This submission is on behalf of (organization, board, library),

It is urgent that (I/we) bring to your immediate attention the importance of provincial support for public libraries. Public libraries are the only public institutions that are truly equitable in providing services for all community members so that they may participate in, and benefit from the social and economic development of their communities. Public libraries are also the only freely accessible public spaces for all British Columbians to connect with, learn about, and experience, the advantages of living in this province.

We know that public libraries significantly contribute to the government’s goals for making life more affordable, improving services, and building a strong, sustainable and innovative economy for all British Columbians. This committee is aware of the important role of public libraries from the annual UBCM resolutions regarding provincial public library funding and from the compelling stories and evidence annually submitted to this committee from public library trustees, staff, community members, and local government officials from across the province.

(I/we) appreciate the provincial government’s recognition of the public library funding issue. In 2017 the provincial government, in response to the UBCM Resolution B60, acknowledged that the cost of delivering public library services has increased with changing technology and other demands. We are heartened that we all share the understanding of the need for adequate and reliable provincial funding for public libraries.

Across the 247 public library service points serving BC we are making a difference to community social and economic development and individual well-being through:

  • People accessing the information and resources they need for personal enjoyment and life needs, learning new skills, starting a local business, and connecting with government services, with the help of expert library staff and connectivity that bridges the continued digital divide.
    • Chetwynd Resource Centre, Chetwynd Public Library
    • Gale Courses, Fraser Lake Public Library
    • Assistive Services, Greater Victoria Public Library
    • Outreach / Homebound Services, Castlegar Public Library
    • Welcoming spaces and services for forest fire evacuees, such as ease of access to new or replacement of cards, family programming, and kids being able to continue their involvement and learning with the Summer Reading Club

(I, organization, library board name, ….) urge the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services to act on our shared understanding that provincial government financial support is critical to the successful continuance of public libraries and their positive impact on BC communities.

While libraries appreciate the stability of grant funding that government has provided since 2010 (approximately $14 million per year), the lack of regular increases means that each year libraries receive less and less support, due to inflationary pressures. After many years of this, libraries are falling behind in their ability to meet growing needs. Since 2009 the public library community has asked that the provincial government provide funding for public libraries that at a minimum includes annual increases to account for inflation. Despite these repeated requests, for the past decade public libraries have received no increase to funding.

This year we are asking the provincial government for $20 million for public libraries in 2020 as this will help address the chronic under-funding, lack of increases for inflation, and past government cuts.

Your attention to this urgent issue is appreciated.


(name and if applicable position in organization or library)


Minister Fleming, Ministry of Education

The BC Public Library Partners:

Scott Hargrove, Chair, Association of BC Public Library Directors

Babs Kelly, Executive Director, BC Library Trustees Association

Annette DeFaveri, Executive Director, BC Library Association

Kevin Millsip, Executive Director, BC Libraries Cooperative

Andy Ackerman

Andy Ackerman

Andy has had a lot of experience with libraries over the past few years. He served on the Fort St John Library Board originally for 8 years and then stepped aside for a few years. During that time, he also served as Chair of the Board for 5 years as well as Founding Chair of the NE Library Federation and as Vice President and then President of BCLTA. Andy was awarded the CLTA Merit Award for Distinguished Service as a Public Library Trustee in 2011.

Andy has a great deal of experience as a trainer for libraries as a TOP instructor for many years. He is one of the original TOP instructors and has put on many courses throughout the province over the years. He has also contributed to developing many BCLTA policies such as TOP training guidelines and tools.

To add to his training experience, he is also an instructor for the Justice Institute of BC in Emergency Management and an instructor of Holistic Emergency Preparedness & Response that has a focus on instruction in Indigenous communities on Emergency Management.

He enjoys teaching and interacting with participants and other instructors.

Kyla Epstein

Kyla Epstein (She/Her)
Living on the unceded Indigenous land belonging to the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nations and working with the membership of the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) Faculty and Staff Association provides Kyla with the opportunity to decrease isolation within an organization and foster community through relationships built on trust, connection, accountability and shared values.
Kyla believes organizations are at their best when they seek opportunities for dialogue over debate, are inclusive, and use process to advance, not hinder, work. Cross-sectoral learning supports her to be effective, curious and innovative in her efforts to influence change while establishing best practices.
Kyla is an active volunteer having served on many boards and most recently was a Director with the BC Library Trustees Association (BCLTA), is a past Chair of Vancouver Public Library, and has been a BCLTA trustee governance trainer since 2018. Kyla currently serves on the Vancouver Writers Festival, the City of Vancouver’s Civic Asset Naming Committee, is an active member of the Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) for her child’s school, and in 2017 she was selected to attend the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference (GGCLC).