Library Board

Board meetings are scheduled on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at the library. If you are interested in attending a board meeting, call the library to confirm the date.

Board Members

Chair Wally Bergen
Vice-Chair Kay Mackenzie
Treasurer Bruce Hutchinson
Policy Committee Lisa Feinberg
Public Relations Committee Dan Mesec
Friends of the Library Liaison Lorraine Doiron
Fundraising Committee Paul Parry, Wally Bergen
Northwest Library Federation Representative Kay Mackenzie
Building Committee
Jennifer Wickham, Margie Olmstead, Dan Mesec, Kay Mackenzie, Lorraine Doiron, Paul Parry, Wally Bergen, Bruce Hutchinson
Smithers Council Representative John Buikema


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Board Meeting Minutes & Related Documents


Meet our board members:

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Wally Bergen

Wally has had a long interest in Libraries dating back to 1985 when he joined the Cariboo/Thompson Library system as a Library Board Trustee.  His interest stems from the belief that Libraries expand our lives through fiction and non-fiction.  They are places of creativity, exploration, learning, relaxation, fun, family, self-improvement, and much more.


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Lorraine Doiron

I have been a fan of libraries since I could read. Books are my “drug” of choice. The smell of a book, the feel of a book, just holding it. Being a Library Board Trustee is a dream come true. I will always support this library, to see it continue to grow into a library for the future.


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Bruce Hutchinson

Bruce has been a life long library addict. He enjoys the challenge of either a new or an old book and discovering new authors and insights.  He admires and looks forward to the changing role of libraries and their impact on all members of our community.


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Kay Mackenzie

Kay joined the library board as a way of getting more involved in the community she grew up in.  Her interest and involvement in libraries has changed over the years, much as her hometown library has changed and grown since she left town and moved back.  She is proud to see how the library has expanded, and is excited to be a part of planning for a new library.


Margie Olmstead

Margie has lived in the north for almost her entire life, and in Smithers since 1978. Having both grown up and raised her children in Smithers, Margie realizes how truly special this community is, and how important inclusive places like libraries are in smaller communities. The Smithers Public Library is an amazingly vibrant hub of learning, sharing, and exploring, and she is very proud to be serving on this Board.


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Paul G. Parry
  • Master’s degree in Library Science from Lakehead University
  • Managed Audio Library for Music Program, University of Guelph
  • Manager, Kelly’s Stereo/ Audio Video Unlimited for 25 years, Smithers
  • Trustee, Smithers Public Library Board, and Friends of the Smithers Public Library Board 8 years

Paul sees being an advocate for the Smithers Public Library as a requirement for personal and community advancement.


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John Buikema

I am serving as the Smithers Council Representative to the Library Board. I joined this group because I have always loved books, loved learning, and loved libraries. I also see this as an opportunity to serve my local community. I have previously served on a number of volunteer boards or committees and it is my hope to serve well.



Lisa Feinberg

The library is often my first stop when exploring a new hometown. Moving to Smithers was no different – I was immediately drawn to our library, which serves as a hub for reading, learning and connecting. In 2018, I joined the board as an opportunity to give back to my community.