OPLA Council

Nominations for council positions take place in late September each year, and the election of council members occurs in November. Newly-elected council members assume their office on January 1st. The term of office spans the calendar year, from January to December. Following the expiration of their term of office, executive members of council still have duties to perform at the Annual General Meeting of the OPLA, which takes place in February during the Super Conference.

Jennifer La Chapelle

President 2017
Clearview Public Library


Cortney LeGros

Vice-President / President-Elect 2017
Coordinator of Outreach, Programs and Partnerships
Huntsville Public Library

Alexandra Yarrow

Past President 2017 / Treasurer
Ottawa Public Library


Karen Bisschop

Councillor-Central East Region 2016-2018
Peterborough Public Library

Monika Machacek

Councillor - Mid-Central Region 2015-2017
East Gwillimbury Public Library
Child and Youth Services EXPO Liaison


Jill Nicholson

Councillor -  West Central Region  2017-2019
Lincoln Public Library

Sarah Hart

Councillor - Southwestern Region 2017-2019
Manager of Marketing, Outreach and Programs
Chatham-Kent Public Library


Elizabeth Sutter

Councillor - Toronto 2015-2017
Toronto Public Library
Elections and Awards Liaison / Secretary

Karina Douglas-Takayesu

Councillor - Northeastern Region 2016-2018
Timmins Public Library


Mike Laverty

Councillor - Northwestern Region  2015-2017
Sioux Lookout Public Library

Erika Heesen

Councillor - Eastern Region 2016-2018
Perth and District Union Public Library


Holly Barclay

Kickstart to Participation Member 2017
Information Services Technician
Cobourg Public Library




Vanessa Holm

Editor of HoOPLA 2014-18
West Lincoln Public Library

Catherine Coles

Catherine Coles

OPLA Editor, Open Shelf 2014-16
Lennox & Addington Public Library

Super Conference Planners

Beth Crawley

Super Conference Co-Planner
Collingwood Public Library

Alex Karlovski

Super Conference Co-Planner
Newmarket Public Libraries