Vic Mensch

Vic has lived in the Lethbridge area most of his life, growing up in Coaldale and graduating from Kate Andrews High School. After graduating from the University of Lethbridge, Vic took a teaching position with Immanuel Christian High School where he taught for much of his career.

Currently, he is teaching English with Alberta Distance Learning Centre.

Vic was a member of Coaldale Town Council for twenty-seven years and during that time was the council representative on the Coaldale Public Library as a Board Member. He has also been the Council representative on the Chinook Arch Regional Library Board and worked with that Board to implement the library System in Southwestern Alberta.

Community involvement has been a major aspect of Vic’s life and after moving to Lethbridge, he desired to become involved with the Lethbridge Public Library and is currently Chair of the Board. Vic is married to Gloria and they have two children, a son and a daughter. "I am looking forward to contributing to the growth and progress of the Lethbridge Public Library as it continues to serve the citizens of Lethbridge and surrounding area."

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Bob Higgins

Bob Higgins is a 25 year Lethbridge and area resident and father of four boys, a new daughter, and a step daughter.

Bob lives in Paradise Canyon with his wife Carly.

As a reformed and very active and avid fitness enthusiast you may run into Bob in Lethbridge, Whitefish, or elsewhere skiing, road cycling, mountain biking, running marathons, competing in triathlons, waterskiing, wakeboarding, and generally doing his best to avoid second helpings and desserts.

Bob is a returning member of the City of Lethbridge Library Board, having served a six year term as a Trustee and then Chair leading up to the construction of our new West Lethbridge branch.

During that time he also served a Minister’s appointment to the Chinook Regional Library System Board. In the interim Bob served as a member of the Municipal Planning Commission.

Bob’s experience with the Lethbridge Public Library began as a child during family holidays from Vancouver to visit his Grandparents here in Lethbridge and includes vivid memories walking “downtown” in the 1970’s to listen to LP records at the “new” library. LPL played a role in embedding an early appreciation for literature and library services that have been instrumental in shaping his life. It is Bob’s appreciation for the differences libraries have made in his life that drives his passion to play a role furthering library offerings to the community.

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John Carstairs

John’s career in post-secondary education spans more than thirty years in both the public and private sectors.

He began his career as a communications instructor, and concluded it as academic vice-president at SAIT, and at Lakeland College. He then retired for the first time. Soon after he created and directed the Institute of Railway Technology for the Railway Association of Canada. He then retired for the second time. He has since returned to his roots and now teaches technical writing part time at Lethbridge College.

John has extensive experience with boards, having reported to, or served on many boards during his career. He is also a committed community volunteer who has served as Director of the Lethbridge Breast Cancer Run for the Cure, and Chair of the Ecole Agnes Davidson School Parents Council.

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Bob Cooney

Bob is a freelance writer and communications consultant who is beginning his second term on the Library Board.

A 15-year resident of Lethbridge, Bob is also a volunteer and advocate for organizations that, like the Library, offer accessible learning opportunities to community members in a variety of ways.

He is the current Chair of the Advancement Committee and is looking forward to supporting the Library’s Plan of Service and the many positive events created by the staff and the Friends of the Library.

With his partner Heather, Bob is a proud and involved stepfather to three boys, ages 16, 18 and 21. Their growing family includes a son-in-law, a 23-pound grandcat, and two dogs. His personal interests include reading, photography, trying to keep up with technology and the latest social media applications, and camping

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Edith Olson

Edith and her family set up permanent residence in Lethbridge in 1988.

She has served on a number of Boards in the community, the most recent being six years on the Board of the Galt Museum and Archives.

Edith has Technical College certifications in Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics from Aberdeen, Scotland, a B.Sc. in Soil Science from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, and a Ph.D. in Water and Land Resources from the University of Alberta. She is a professional agrologist with the Alberta Institute of Agrologists.

Her work experiences include teaching college and university courses, external assessor for Environmental Programs seeking accreditation, and technical and research work with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Her current position is with Lethbridge College where she is Chair of the School of Agriculture and Life Sciences. "Giving back to this great community is an honour and a privilege. I am delighted to serve the citizens of Lethbridge by volunteering for the Library Board."

Her hobbies include reading, working out, and hiking. She is married, has three adult children, and shares a home with two cats.

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Ian Franks

Ian is a civil engineer who focuses on water resources.  He spent 12 years with the provincial government dealing with water licences and water approvals before moving into the private sector.

Ian and his wife Mary have been in Lethbridge since 1997 and have two daughters, 7 and 9, and two dogs.  An avid reader for as long as he can remember, it seems libraries have always been close to his heart.  He can recall hours and hours of time being spent in libraries be it public, school or university libraries.  The huge range of resources and programs offered by the Lethbridge Library has been a gift when encouraging his daughters in learning to read and to learn about the world around them.  So now his kids love the library as much as he does.  It seems only fitting to volunteer as a board member, to help guide the Lethbridge Public Library and encourage people to love their library. 

Besides reading, his hobbies include skiing, hiking and shuttling kids around, not necessarily in that order.

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Tom Moffatt

Tom Moffatt has lived in Lethbridge since 2002 and views this as the ideal community to raise a family. Tom has raised two sons here, and lives with his partner Anna on the south side. Active community involvement keeps Tom busy, but he is especially interested in helping promote the role of libraries in the community, a resource he feels provides invaluable services to visitors, new arrivals and the younger generation.

Born and raised in Ontario, Tom started his latest Alberta adventure by applying online, using a Calgary Public Library branch computer, for a job with their computer department. He succeeded in getting that job, and has since gone on to be the Manager of Information Technology for the Chinook Arch Regional Library in Lethbridge, and currently, for the Town of Taber. Aside from work and volunteering, you will find Tom supporting local live music, hiking in the mountains, or cycling any trail he can find.

“I believe our civilization has several characteristics that make it rise above the models of the past, and among those are the concepts of universal health care, universal education and the communal sharing of our knowledge, stories and music as embodied by libraries”.

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Linda Erickson

Linda and her family moved to Lethbridge about 5 years ago. Prior to that they lived in the Village of Coutts, close to the ranch that has been in the Erickson family for over 100 years.

While in Coutts, Linda served as deputy mayor and was the library board chair for 8 years. It was at that time, Linda learned the valuable role that libraries play in the wellbeing of a community and embraced the concept of life long learning. "A library is more than a place where books are stored - it is a place where ideas are sparked and nurtured".

A television producer by trade, Linda changed careers after the birth of their child in 1991 and became the economic development officer for the County of Warner. In 2005, she made the move to the provincial government and is currently working as the Lethbridge regional manager with the Economic Development Services Branch in the Ministry of Alberta Innovation and Advanced Education.

Linda is looking forward to serving the people of Lethbridge as a new member on the Public Library Board and is pleased to be working with such a committed group of individuals.

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Ross Djuve

Retired from the Federal Public Service, Ross has a desire to continue public service on a volunteer basis.

Ross has both a Business Administration Diploma from Mount Royal College and a Certificate in Adult Learning from the University of Calgary, and brings to the board extensive experience in financial analysis and workplace learning. His desire is to use this education and experience to give back to the community.

Since he was a child Ross has always been a library user, and wants to be part of ensuring future generations have an opportunity to use a library. As an advocate of lifelong learning, the movement of the Lethbridge Public Library into the digital age is a new direction that Ross wants to embrace.

Ross is married to Brenda, and quality time in the back yard is their priority, as well as walks with their dog. Ross is also a regular swimmer and cyclist.

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