Brendan Cummins

Brendan was born in Lethbridge and grew up in small towns throughout central and southern Alberta. After spending many years away, he returned for good about 17 years ago. After completing his Bachelor and Master of Arts at the University of Lethbridge, he is now an instructor in the School of Liberal Education at the University.

Brendan believes that the Lethbridge Public Library, as a central hub for learning, gathering, and sharing, is an invaluable part of a strong, vibrant community. He also recognizes the importance of the Library’s physical and digital collections to scholars and researchers across southern Alberta. Brendan served on the Lethbridge Public Library Board three years ago and is happy and excited to be back.

In his spare time Brendan is a lover of almost all things geek, especially as a collector and consumer of comic books. He thinks there is nothing better than spending time with his wife Jeanie reading on the couch or backyard or going for a walk around one of Lethbridge’s amazing hidden trails.

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Carol Koran

Carol is originally from Camrose, Alberta, but moved to Lethbridge in 1980 to accept her first teaching position with Holy Spirit Catholic Schools. She met her husband here, and remained in Lethbridge and in the school system for the next 37 years as a teacher, associate principal and principal for Catholic Central High School. Carol also worked with the Alberta Teachers’ Association on the Strategic Planning Committee and as a Communications Consultant and Professional Development Instructor. After retiring from the school division in 2017, Carol and her husband moved to Tokyo, Japan for 3 years, where she served as Director of Learning for Nishimachi International School. After 3 years in Tokyo, they returned to Lethbridge in the summer of 2020. Carol currently works on a part time basis with the University of Lethbridge Faculty of Education and Lethbridge College, instructing and supervising student teachers and education assistants. Carol is also a teacher trainer and Quality Assurance Coordinator with Maple Bear Global Schools. She appreciates the relative freedom of being employed on a part time, contract basis as she can now spend more time with her daughters in Vancouver and Calgary. As an English Language Arts teacher and an avid reader, Carol is excited at the opportunity to join the Board and to contribute to her community in a new way.

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Daphne Hendsbee

Daphne was born in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and raised in Ottawa, Ontario. Since graduating from Queen's University in 2013 with a degree in Global Development, her career in the nonprofit sector has included communications and marketing, fundraising, and donor relations in Canada and abroad. Particular areas of interest include community development, public health, and performing arts. Daphne is thrilled to bring these skills to her service with the Library Board.

Daphne moved to Lethbridge in 2018 and is happy to call Southern Alberta home. She and her young family are avid readers and can often be found at LPL book clubs or exploring the Toy Library. This is Daphne's first time serving as a Board member. She looks forward to contributing to the Library's mission and promoting it as an anchor institution in our community.

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Donna Linn

Born and raised in Medicine Hat, Donna has lived all her life in Alberta and is very proud to lay claim to that distinction. After completing a diploma program in Business Administration at the Medicine Hat College, Donna moved to Lethbridge to pursue a career and start her life as a young woman. Finding it difficult to follow a career in her chosen field she took employment in the dental health area and went on to work as a Denturist. In 2002 she completed her diploma in Computer Information Technology at the Lethbridge College all the while raising a young son, who is her pride and joy. Consequently, she has earned a Bachelor Degree in General Studies [Arts and Science]

Donna has been involved with local women’s sport, participating in Ladies Slowpitch, Curling and Dragon Boating over the years, serving on committees for slowpitch and boating. Over the years she was always involved with Parent Council while her son was attending elementary school.

In 2007, Donna helped form a book club, Lost Among the Reads, and for some years now has led the group by keeping records, organizing meetings and generally keeping everyone in the know. Now that she is retired she enjoys not being too busy but has filled her need to serve by volunteering to serve as a trustee with the Lethbridge Public Library.

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Terrence Lazarus

Terrence was born in Zimbabwe and moved to South Africa to complete his high school. Terrence graduated from a Civil Engineering Technology 4 year program in Durban, South Africa. Since he graduated, he has worked in South African and Malawi. In Malawi, he started his career with water management by construction of a canal system that supported a large sugar cane processing plant. Terrence emigrated to Canada in 1982 and commenced work as a construction inspector for the Government of Alberta overseeing the reconstruction of the Lethbridge Northern Main Canal. Through a succession of promotions, Terrence was in charge of the operations and maintenance of the Oldman River Dam, even during the devastating flood of 1985. He retired from the Government of Alberta as the Operations Manager for Southern Alberta, was employed as the General Manager of the St. Mary River Irrigation District, and now is fully retired from full time employment. Terrence is a life long library user starting when he was 10 years old and is an avid user of the library, predominantly using the fabulous online services to read books and then magazines and newspapers from around the globe and even hone up on his rudimentary Spanish. Terrence’s interests are photography, particularly landscape and wildlife photography. He has amalgamated his love of scuba diving with photography and whenever the opportunity arises, you will find him, joined by his spouse Susanne and son Devin, in some warm water location with his underwater photography equipment.

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Yudith Ramos

Yudith was born in Havana, Cuba, moved to Lethbridge in 2007 and made Canada her new home. She lives with her husband, two daughters, and a sweet cat in West Lethbridge. In 2008, Yudith was a Read On student. She did not speak English when she moved to Canada, and she experienced different challenges, but recognized Read On as an excellent experience for her Canadian journey. As an educated, professional immigrant, Yudith understands the importance of diversity, equality, and inclusion in the workplace. She is an HR consultant with a focus on Immigration, has a Bachelor of Law Degree background from University of Havana, Cuba, and a Human Resources & Labour Relations Certificate from the University of Lethbridge. She has also worked as a volunteer in different organizations such as Family Centre, and Lethbridge Immigrant Services helping women, internationally educated and professional immigrants, temporary foreign workers, international students, and other newcomers integrated into Canadian culture. Her experience working in Southern Alberta inspired her to support new Canadians to overcome some barriers in Canada. Yudith is passionate about everything related to labour and immigration and helping others to settle in Canada. She is also passionately enjoys nature with her family, including camping, swimming, and cycling. Yudith likes to read bestsellers and is part of the Toastmaster Club. One of her favourite places in the city is the Library. One of Yudith’s goals is to make a meaningful contribution as a Library Board member with her expertise and cooperate to achieve the Library’s vision. She is excited for her new chapter and the opportunity.

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Wendy Kalkan

Wendy is glad to call Lethbridge home after having worked with various municipal governments in Southern and Central Alberta over the past 17 years. Prior to that she worked in the fields of health promotion, prevention and intervention with Chinook Regional Health; and curriculum development and educational transformation with urban and rural First Nations and Indigenous communities throughout North America. Upon graduating from the University of Lethbridge with a degree in Urban and Regional Planning, Wendy embarked on a career devoted to human and community development that over the years encompassed land use planning and development, community economic development, legislative affairs, injury prevention, seniors health and even business management of a MLB Pioneer League club. Her volunteerism and public service includes serving on the boards of Lethbridge Family Services, Lethbridge Lifelong Learning Association and The Good Samaritan Society; as a broadcaster with AMI/VoicePrint Canada; and as a commissioner with the Alberta Multiculturalism and Human Rights Commission, and DOW Canada. As a lifelong library card holder, Wendy is a voracious user and an avid proponent of all the services, resources and opportunities a library provides and does towards building our human and community capacities.

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James Chymboryk

James was born and raised in Southern Alberta. After graduating from Simon Fraser University (Burnaby, B.C) with a degree in Criminology, he returned to Lethbridge and started his career with Alberta Community Corrections as a Probation Officer and has worked for them for 36 years. During that time, due to transfers, he has lived in different communities in southern Alberta. Moving back to Lethbridge in 2004.

James and his wife have 2 adult children and currently 2 grandchildren.

James had previously served as a board member on 2 different community library boards and appreciates this opportunity to support the Lethbridge Public Library and promote all the programs they offer.

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Craig Brown

Craig recently retired after more than 35 years of experience leading organizations primarily in the not-for-profit sector, including serving as President of a regional college; CEO of the Cayman Health System; helping the University of Calgary set up a nursing campus in the Middle East; to Vice President at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. He has extensive experience with Board governance, having served on a multitude of Boards and has worked extensively under Boards his whole career. Craig and his wife Gloria returned to Lethbridge to be near their son and his family. They had lived here previously when Craig was CEO of the local Children’s Authority and came to love the City and appreciate all that it offers. During his previous time in Lethbridge Craig served as Vice-Chair of the Library Board and is pleased to be able to contribute again.

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Angela Viola

  Angela was born and raised in Calgary and moved to Lethbridge in the Fall of 1999 to complete her Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Education programs. After completing her undergraduate education, she taught in and around Lethbridge until the birth of her second son. Angela has worked at Lethbridge College in curriculum and instructional design and; currently, teaches high school online. She holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology and hopes to continue to contribute to quality online education in Alberta.

  Growing up in Calgary, the Bookmobile is one of her fondest childhood memories. Angela and her two boys enjoyed the Lethbridge Public Library programming and services as a young family. They are all avid readers and still enjoy the library together. They also enjoy many outdoor pursuits including camping, downhill skiing and hiking.

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