Library Board

Alberta’s public libraries are governed by Boards of volunteer trustees appointed by local municipal councils.

The Libraries Act enables the establishment of public library boards to provide municipal and regional library service. The Act sets out the powers and duties of these boards, and gives them full management and control of public library service.

Sheep River Library Board

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.

Erica Schmidt - Black Diamond 
Chandra Howlett - Turner Valley
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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