SRL Board of Trustees

Two positions are currently open on our Library Board to interested and active volunteers and patrons of the Sheep River Library who are residents of Black Diamond and Turner Valley (one from each town). Awareness of Public Library Services Branch policies and the working procedures of our award-winning facility are assets. If you would like more information, please contact Peggy Emslie at 403-933-3931.

About the Sheep River Library Board of Trustees:

Diane Osberg Peggy Emslie - Black Diamond

After having lived in Montreal all their lives, Peggy and John moved to Black Diamond in May 2014 to retire close to their three grandsons in Calgary. The three grandchildren that they left behind in Montreal are frequent visitors and love the west almost as much as their grandparents do. Peggy has always been an avid volunteer, having served on church and school boards as well as the Montreal Mission. In 2008, she started focusing most of her attention on visiting cancer patients at the Montreal Jewish General Hospital. Peggy will tell you that the Sheep River Library caught her eye with its many and varied activities and she was happy to be accepted to its board in late 2016. Peggy and John enjoy hiking, photographing wild animals, and golfing.


Les Antoniuk - Turner Valley

Les and Diane Antoniuk moved to Turner Valley in 2014. They enjoy visits to Vancouver where their daughter, son-in law, and most importantly their grandson live.  Les was an educator for his entire career, in latter years teaching Computer Studies and Digital Design and Communication in Edmonton before retiring to Bragg Creek in 2001.
Les was a founding member of the Alberta Teachers’Association Computer Council, and has a keen interest in photography, singing with the Calgary Opera Chorus and other local Choirs, cross-country skiing and walking in the mountains, where he and Diane guided tourists through the Parks.
Always interested in how computers can enrich and add excitement to educational environments, he hopes that he can make some useful contributions to the Sheep River Library, one of the more farsighted and advanced libraries in Alberta.

Councillor Ted Bain - Black Diamond 

After a career that had me working, living, or visiting 4 continents and every Canadian province and territory except PEI, it was time to settle down. Southern Alberta was an easy choice, and after a bit of trial and error, Black Diamond became home.

I have always enjoyed the pursuit of knowledge.  Usually I can be found with my nose in the computer, deep in a book, or even simply with my nose a few inches away from something, studying it intently. The insights you can get by taking the time to see something, rather than just looking at it, are amazing.

Books in particular have always fascinated me, and I often have two or three on the go at any one time. Any subject, other than romance novels, is fair game. Fiction or Non fiction, Right Wing or Left Wing, Prose or Poetry, Short or Long, all offer food for thought if we only take the time to consider the message.

Always remember,  when you stop learning, rigor mortis of the personality has set in.

Lisa Park Nancy Jackson - Turner Valley
Rep to the Friends

Nancy and her husband moved to Turner Valley from Ontario in 2016 to be close to their children and grandchildren. In her career, Nancy worked with Markham Stouffville Hospital coaching parents and working with preschool children with speech and language development. In addition, Nancy has volunteered with a number of church community organizations, including Ontario Mental Health, CHATS and Guiding Canada. Nancy and Bob are looking forward to exploring Alberta and western Canada and being active in the Turner Valley community.

Shelly Barnec - Black Diamond

Shelly recently moved to Black Diamond from Calgary. She is attracted to the Diamond Valley for its unique vibe — full of natural beauty and creative people. She is keen on living in our watershed in ways that are respectful and regenerative.

Shelly finds the innovative services of the Sheep River Library to be remarkable. With a background in both business and community development, she wants to learn more about the changing needs in our communities and how the library can adapt to help. 
She believes in people working together to make good things happen. And encourages everyone to share ideas and talents to make our Library the best it can be!

Mayor Barry Crane - Turner Valley

Janice McCann - Turner Valley

Janice and her husband Bill moved to Turner Valley in 2013 from Southwest Saskatchewan where they farmed and she taught. Special Education was the focus of most of Janice's teaching career, but she also had the chance to experience literacy coaching and vice principal assignments. Their three sons ended up in Calgary so between that and the surrounding scenery it was not a hard decision to move to the area. During summer holidays back in school days when friends wanted to go to the swimming pool, Janice wanted to go to the library, so it is a fitting place for her to volunteer.

Ian Huffman - Black Diamond

Ian and Diane started their family near Black Diamond in 1983. After moving around Alberta and adding to the family, they settled in the Town of Black Diamond in 1998. 

Ian's love of libraries and the Rocky Mountains started at the age of seven. 

His family made their bi-weekly trip to the original Edmonton Public Library Main Branch to gather new books for their reading pleasure and knowledge. The grand library building, built in 1923 with the help of an Andrew Carnegie grant, features a majestic staircase to show the ascent to learning. Unfortunately the building fell to progress in 1968, one year after the opening of the Edmonton Centennial Library.
Ian has enjoyed time in the mountains from Jasper to Waterton Parks, camping, hiking, backpacking, a little climbing, and skiing, proud to call Kananskis Country his neighbour, and the Rocky Mountains his backyard.

Ian is looking forward to helping the Sheep River Library be the best and maintain it's excellent stature among Alberta Libraries.

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