OLA Elections 2016

The following candidates are running for divisional council positions that commence in January 2017.

Please review your division nominations and familiarize yourself with your candidates.

  • Elections will open early December.
  • You must be a current OLA member to vote.
  • Current OCULA and OLBA members will receive an email link to the voting ballot when elections open. Elections run from December 3, 2016 until December 13, 2016.
  • Please make sure to follow instructions carefully as you must confirm your vote by a second email or it will not be counted.

To review your division candidates, choose your division: OCULA ~ OLBA

Note: Only the positions below will be in election situations.




MONIQUE FLACCAVENTO - OISE Library, University of Toronto

My name is Monique Flaccavento and I would love the opportunity to serve the OCULA membership as a Councillor-at-Large. I am currently the Acting Director of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) Library at the University of Toronto where I provide leadership and direction for the OISE Library, deliver instruction, outreach, and research support for graduate students and faculty, select resources for OISE’s children’s literature collection, and actively participate in numerous committees and working groups. Before moving into this position in August 2015, I worked for 6 years as OISE’s Public Services and Instruction Librarian. In this role, I held a wide variety of responsibilities including supervising the Circulation and Resource Sharing Departments, facilitating library instruction, maintaining the OISE Library website, coordinating the OISE Library’s Personal Librarian Program, and providing research and reference support for students and faculty.

I am passionate about libraries and the services we provide. As a former elementary school teacher and sessional instructor at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information, I am also passionate about teaching and learning, and deeply committed to supporting professional development and mentorship opportunities for new and experienced library professionals.

If elected, I look forward to collaborating with colleagues from across the province to continue to build on the excellent outreach and advocacy work that OCULA has already done. I will bring energy, passion, and innovation to the Council, and commit to work towards making meaningful changes that will support the future of our profession.

Thank you for your consideration.


MICHELLE GOODRIDGE - Wilfred Laurier University, Game Design and Development Liaison Librarian

Michelle Goodridge has her Master of Arts in History from the University of Western Ontario as well as her MLIS with a specialization in Archives and Records Management. Michelle has over 5 years of academic library experience and has worked for the University of Guelph Archival and Special Collections, Scholars Portal/OCUL and most recently Wilfrid Laurier as the Game Design and Development Liaison Librarian.

Platform: Simply put, to facilitate discussion and the transferring of ideas between libraries/librarians and OCULA.


Northwestern Region Councillor



Hi, I am Frank Wilson. I respectfully seek to serve you as the OLBA NW Regional Councillor.

My family and I are active users of libraries and value their vital community role. During progressive management positions with the Ontario MNR and MOE, we have enjoyed living in 5 northern communities from big to quite small. And I have visited numerous northern municipalities and 1st Nations. I appreciate first hand the challenges of northern communities.

Subsequently, I have worked as the Executive Director for a Social Planning Board, with a city on downtown issues, and have held volunteer positions on local community boards. My management skills including strategic planning, program evaluation, building partnerships, and advocating for new approaches.

I am in my 5th year on the Thunder Bay Library Board. The Board has recruited a new CEO, approved a new Strategic Plan, pursued a holistic library restructuring, created new management positions. During this time, I took on the further Board duties of Finance Cttee. Chair and the Vice Chair.

I commit to working diligently on the OLBA Board to address the educational and advocacy needs of the 30 municipal and 1st Nations Library Boards in NW Ontario. With your input, I propose to...

  • conduct meaningful dialogue with library Boards via conference calls, skype calls, etc
  • raise your key issues and work collaboratively to address them
  • synergize strengths by networking and partnering via the OLBA , OLSN, OLA etc
  • seek out tools and resources to further the effectiveness of Boards and their members
  • advocate for public libraries via, laws, policies, partnerships and funding initiatives

I believe that my management skills, my governmental and community experiences, my knowledge of NW communities, and my Library Board activities plus my passion for libraries will enable me to effectively serve you and your Boards. Please contact me at fwilson@tbpl.ca .

Thank you for your consideration. Sincerely,
Frank Wilson




Advocating for public libraries has always been a passion in my life. During my time away from Thunder Bay I served on Library Boards in Smooth Rock Falls, Red Rock, and several terms as Chair of the Nipigon Board. I represented the Northwest Region on the OLS North Board and was elected as Regional Representative to the Ontario Library Trustees Association.

On my return to Thunder Bay I volunteered for TBPL’s Community Action Panel. The CAP committee involved learning the strategic plans of the Library, the value of community partnering and brainstorming the importance of integrating the traditional services with those of our changing society. I was appointed to the Thunder Bay Public Library Board in 2015.

Public Libraries must remain valuable social, recreational, educational, and economic development centres for every community. It is important to guide the OLBA to the continued wise use of resources to advance Public Library Boards.

Trustees require skills to promote themselves and to keep Public Libraries funded and viable. Every board, be it with municipal or city councils, needs to understand how to advocate for funds for existing and new services. A priority must be to continue to promote accessible learning resources for those in both remote and urban settings. Educated and aware Trustees have the tools to move with confidence into an innovative future. Governments, at local and provincial levels, must be kept aware of the importance of library services.

I will promote and participate in digital and personal communication with all Boards in the District. We must ensure that the region Trustees are kept informed and that information will be shared.

My experience on library boards and committees will aid me in representing the diversity of the Boards in our Region. I can anticipate the hurdles that both city and municipal boards might encounter on their mandates of governance.

I would be honored, as the Northwest Region Councillor, to carry your Library Board‘s message to the OLBA .

Thank you
Joan Duke