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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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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Brie Schindel

Brie Schindel was born and raised in rural Manitoba before heading West, as so many Manitobans do, to get an education.

She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Lethbridge in 2002 and completed a Masters in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Alberta in 2005.

Brie has worked with Alberta Health Services as a Speech-Language Pathologist since 2005, first in northern Alberta and more recently in and around Lethbridge.

Brie and her husband Morgan, a Sheriff with the government of Alberta, returned to Lethbridge in 2007 to continue their careers and start a family. They have since welcomed to the world a daughter, Elaina, born in 2009 and a son, Carson, born in 2011.

Since arriving in 2007, Brie and Morgan have seen their use of the Library change significantly. "We used to attend evening events like the viewing of the Banff Mountain Film Festival, but we're now lucky if we can keep our eyes open that late. Our library use now consists of regular visits to Rhyme Time!"

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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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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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Moira Watson

Moira was appointed to the Lethbridge Public Library Board as a trustee in 2008 and also serves on the Public Advocacy Committee. She brings to the board an array of political and social justice experience gathered while living and travelling in South East Asia, and Nicaragua.

She currently is pursuing a post baccalaureate degree in nursing. Moira is a member of the Lethbridge Handicraft Guild of Weavers, and loves to muck around in the garden.

Moira's interest in the Lethbridge Public Library is grounded in principle and practice. As a child, growing up in rural Ontario, the visiting Book Mobile and a small satellite library set up in the community centre inspired her love of reading. She believes firmly in community institutions, and looks very much forward to working hard to keep the library relevant, progressive, accessible, and viable.

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