British Columbia Library Association

Board Nominations & Elections

Please note: Nominations have closed.

The BCLA By-Laws items 6.1(a) through 6.1(d) outline the procedure for the BCLA Nominations Committee to prepare a suggested slate of Directors for consideration by the Association’s membership.

Nominations Committee Members 2018

Daphne Wood, Chair (Past  President, BCLA)
Lin Brander
Stephanie Kripps
Anne Olsen, ex officio (President, BCLA)
Annette DeFaveri, ex officio (Executive Director, BCLA)

In accordance with the BCLA By-Laws, the Nominations Committee has prepared a slate of candidates for soon-to-be vacant Board positions. 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 looked closely at Board work for the coming year as well as at people’s previous engagement with and contributions to the Association. We looked 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.


Incoming President/President/Past President (3 year term)

Chris Middlemass

Chris Middlemass has been an active member and contributor to BCLA throughout her career. She is a past Treasurer, Director-at-Large, and BC Library Conference Chair. She has been a member of the BC Library Conference Trade Show committee for five years and works to ensure that this essential component of the Conference is a success. Her vast knowledge of BCLA comes from her participation in the Association. Chris has just retired from the Vancouver Public Library as the Manager, Collections and Technical Services. Chris has been involved with the iSchool at UBC  for many years, as an alumni member supporting students and the school, and as an adjunct instructor in the areas of management and human resources.

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

Wendy Wright

Wendy Wright serves as the Director of the Smithers Public Library. She holds a Library & Information Technology Diploma from Langara College and has a background in bookselling and publishing. Wendy approaches her work from a community development perspective. Past volunteer projects include introducing WiFi and children’s programming to remote Denman Island’s library and liaising with community partners to bring books and literacy-based events to island children. Since joining SPL Wendy has presented sessions on their technology collection at northern library conferences and co-presented a webinar for the American Library Association on SPL’s Truth and Reconciliation event involving 15 community partners. Wendy’s driving forces are a belief in the transformative power of literacy, a fierce commitment to intellectual freedom, and curiosity. She is eager to broaden her advocacy activities to include all BC libraries, developing strategic partnerships that strengthen our sector’s impact in communities across the province. Wendy’s stewardship was essential to the Smithers Public Library winning the BCLA inaugural “Building Better Communities” award in 2017.

Anne O’Shea

Anne O’Shea is the 2018 BC Library Conference Co-Chair. This position has kept her actively involved in the Association and in planning for the annual conference for the past year. Anne  is passionate about inclusive and impactful services, community building, strategies to foster innovation and new ways to measure and communicate social impact. Her cross-sector experience in academic, special and public libraries has an emphasis on leadership, technology, and leading change. A graduate of the Canadian Urban Libraries Council’s Public Library Leaders fellowship, she is currently enrolled in the 2018 Social Impact Strategy program at the University of Pennsylvania.  Anne is the Manager of Programming & Learning at Vancouver Public Library where she leads a team responsible for city-wide adult education and events, the Inspiration Lab and the library’s creative residencies.

Incoming Treasurer/Treasurer (two Year Term)

Lillian Pintos
Lillian serves as the current BCLA Recording Secretary, a position she has held for two years. She has been an active committee member contributing to the Association’s Social Media policy. Lilian is currently the planning analyst at Vancouver Public Library. Her work includes long-term planning projects, data analysis, tracking & reporting on performance indicators, service assessment & evaluation, and community engagement. Prior to VPL, Lilian was an interdisciplinary researcher in academic and corporate environments, and a language instructor at the University of Alberta. Her current interests include information policy, performance measurement strategies, and design-thinking methodologies.

In accordance with BCLA’s By-Laws this update is an opportunity to call for additional nominations for the BCLA Board.

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

If you are interested in BCLA Board Positions, the Nominations Committee suggests that you contact BCLA Executive Director Annette DeFaveri ( for additional information.