Daneve McAffer

Daneve McAffer

Daneve’s background is diverse. She graduated from the U of A with a Bachelor Degree in Rehabilitation Medicine. Daneve started her career as a Chest Physiotherapist working in Cardiac Recovery and ICU at the U of A. Burning out of acute care led to the next junction in her journey.

Daneve was the physio consultant in setting up the Alberta Home Care and went on to work in a Home Care Team out of the U of A, taking people home during the final stage of their life. Daneve experienced many passings and realized we needed to do more in the area of prevention not just rehab. Daneve volunteered at the Alberta Lung Association and started a stop smoking program and an asthmatic children program.

During this time, she served on many community boards and worked part time as sole physiotherapist at the Edmonton Maximum Security to maintain her physio license.

Daneve enjoys facilitating groups through outdoor training in a program she developed called “Teams in Action”. This is when her consulting company grew offering workshops throughout North America, in team building, leadership, strategic planning, communication, creating vision, values and more since the 80’s

On retirement from the Edmonton Max., she with her husband Doug and their Golden Retrievers moved to Columbia Valley 10 years ago. This is when her volunteer work became full time. Daneve has been a trustee with the Invermere Public Library (IPL) board for the past 6 years and has been the board chair for the past 3 years. She also serves as the board’s representative to the Kootenay Library Federation (KLF) and is currently chair of the KLF board. Daneve is also the president of, as well as a visitor and trainer with, the Hospice Society of the Columbia Valley. Her passion, compassion and empathy is her life goals. As Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote in his poem What is Success, “To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived; This is to have succeeded.”

The journey continues….

Anni Holtby

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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.

Harlan Pruden Board Nomination 2020

Harlan Pruden facing camera in blue shirt, hair pulled back, black framed glasses, big smile

Harlan Pruden (nēhiyo/First Nations Cree Nation), whose mother is from the Beaver Lake Reservation and father from the Whitefish Lake Reservation, both located in northeastern Alberta – Treaty 6 territory, works with and for the Two-Spirit community locally, nationally and internationally. Harlan is honored to live, work and play on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the of the Coast Salish people, specifically, the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, Tsleil-Waututh and xwməθkwəy̓əm First Nations peoples lands.

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.

As an active member of the Board of Trustees for the Vancouver Public Library, Harlan serves as the liaison InterLINK board. Within this role, Harlan is currently working on the development of an InterLINK board Reconciliation training. This curriculum takes up the conversation and work of how the members of this governance board understand, embrace and operationalize a lens of reconciliation, so it is in better and good relations with Indigenous peoples and communities.

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.)

Louise Hearty Board Nomination 2020


Louise Hearty

  • Surrey Libraries Board
  • Nominated to the BCLTA Board of Directors, 2020 – 2022

Louise recently retired as the Director of Access Transit Service Delivery at Coast Mountain Bus Company, where she was employed for 28 years in various roles throughout the organization including being responsible for overseeing the operations of HandyDART including customer feedback, eligibility, and implementing many new initiatives. In addition to the Library Board, 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.  In her spare time Louise loves to play with her four grandchildren, all who are under the age of 3!