British Columbia Library Association

Board Nominations & Elections

The 2022 Call for Nominations is now closed. 

A strong Board of Directors, committed to the goals of the Association’s Strategic Plan, is essential for the growth and stability of the Association. In considering potential candidates, the Committee looks closely at Board work for the coming year as well as at people’s previous engagement with and contributions to the Association. We look specifically for potential Board members who are excited to contribute to the Association and who prioritize both the BCLA’s Strategic Plan and core values.


Nominations Committee Members 2022

Todd Mundle, President (Chair)
Tracey Therrien
Anne O’Shea
Donald Taylor
Alyssa Green
Jorge Cárdenas
Rina Hadziev (ex officio)


NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE SLATE:

The BCLA Board of Directors and Nominations Committee are pleased to announce a slate of candidates for the 2022/23 BCLA Board of Directors:

Incoming Treasurer/Treasurer (two year term)

Sarah Felkar

Sarah Felkar (she/her/hers) is the Assistant Director at the West Vancouver Memorial Library where she has worked in a variety of roles since 2008. Her career so far has focused on promoting and providing digital literacy education and leading digital equity initiatives, as well as advocating for ebooks, digital audiobooks, and technology collections. More recently she has begun acting as the privacy officer for her library.  Sarah served as a BCLA director-at-large for the 2014-2016 term, and has also served as the BC Libraries Cooperative’s BC Business Licensing Function Group’s chair, co-chair of the former BCLA LTA Interest Group in 2011, and has also been an active member in the Public Libraries Interest Group. When not at the library, Sarah runs Dungeons and Dragons campaigns, knits and spends time with her partner and an aloof cat watching sports.

Two Director-at-Large positions (each a two year term)

Sajni Lacey

Sajni Lacey (she/her/hers) is the Learning and Curriculum Support Librarian at UBC Okanagan Campus library. Originally from the traditional territories of the Anishinaabek, Haudenosaunee, Lūnaapéewak and Chonnonton Nations, in what is now known as London, Ontario, Canada, and now resides on the traditional territory of the Syilx Okanagan Peoples, in what is now known as Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. Her work focuses on leading and coordinating the Library’s instructional program, as well as liaises with the History, Education, English, Cultural Studies, and World Languages and Literatures. Sajni completed her MLIS at the University of Western Ontario, and her BA in History and Psychology from Huron University College. She is currently working on an MA in Education. Sajni sat on the BCLA Board in 2021-22 as the BCALS Chair, during which she was the liaison to Perspectives, participated on the BCLA Awards Committee and the selection committee for an anti-racism consultant.

Shideh Taleban

Shideh Taleban (she/her/hers) is the Acting Library Services Coordinator, Community, Learning and Accessible Services, at the North Vancouver City Library. As a non-ALA accredited librarian who moved to Canada in 2009, Shideh started as a Page at Surrey Public library in 2011. Going forward, she gained a wide range of experiences in academic, special and public libraries. As a passionate foreign-trained librarian, she received her second MLIS from UBC in 2015 to be able to work as a librarian here in Canada. Shideh is the current Chair of the BCLA Community-Led Interest Group and a member of the BCLA Multicultural Services Committee, and has been active member of both groups for over 4 years. You can learn more about Shideh’s journey as a non-ALA accredited Librarian in Canada here.


The BCLA Board of Directors and Nominations Committee announcement of an election slate of candidates is an opportunity to call for additional nominations for the BCLA Board.

A nominee must be a member of BCLA and their nomination must be supported by three other members of the Association. Should there be additional candidates, BCLA will mount an election.

If you are interested in BCLA Board Positions, the Nominations Committee suggests that you contact BCLA Executive Director, Rina Hadziev (execdir@bcla.bc.ca), for additional information.