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.

Cortney LeGros

President 2018
Coordinator of Outreach, Programs and Partnerships
Huntsville Public Library


Elizabeth Malak

Vice-President / President-Elect 2018
Area Manager
Toronto Public Library

Jennifer La Chapelle

Past President 2018 / Treasurer
Clearview Public Library


Karen Bisschop

Councillor-Central East Region 2016-2018
Peterborough Public Library

Douglas Davey

Councillor - Mid-Central Region 2018-2020
Manager of Children's and Youth Services
Halton Hills Public Library


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


Gillian Byrne

Councillor - Toronto 2018-2020
Manager, Toronto Reference Library
Toronto Public Library

Karina Douglas-Takayesu

Councillor - Northeastern Region 2016-2018
Timmins Public Library


Mike Laverty

Councillor - Northwestern Region  2018-2020
Sioux Lookout Public Library

Erika Heesen

Councillor - Eastern Region 2016-2018
Perth and District Union 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

Alex Karlovski

Super Conference Co-Planner
Newmarket Public Libraries

Megan Paquette

Super Conference Co-Planner
London Public Library