Library Directors & Board

Library Directors

CPL 2020 Todd

Todd Gnissios
Executive Director

Contact Todd Gnissios

CPL 2020 Anthea

Anthea Goffe 
Deputy Director & Director, Community Engagement
Contact Anthea Goffe

CPL 2020 Ryan

Ryan Jamieson
Director, Services and Facilities
Contact Ryan Jamieson

CPL 2021 Gordana
Gordana Rauski
Director, Operations

Contact Gordana Rauski

 

Library Board

About

The Library Board operates under the authority of the BC Library Act.

Members

Board_Jacqueline Gorton

Jacqueline Gorton, Chair

  • CPA, with over 25 year's experience in finance, audit, risk management and technology
  • 30 year resident of Coquitlam, passionate about the City and its libraries
  • Served on a number of Boards and volunteered in the community
  • Married, with two grown children

Raymond Lee

Raymond Lee, Vice-Chair

  • Program Lawyer with Continuing Legal Education Society of BC since 2004
  • Called to the BC Bar in 1986
  • BA (Honours) in Political Science from UBC, LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
  • Avid reader of philosophy, military history and current affairs
  • Past Board Member of Place des Arts, Coquitlam
  • Has lived in Coquitlam with his family since 1995

Steve Leung

Steve Leung, Treasurer

  • Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA) and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)
  • Past member of Universal Access-Ability Advisory Committee (City of Coquitlam) for five years
  • Bachelor of Commerce, Finance & Marketing (Honours), University of British Columbia
  • Avid reader of biography, history and current affairs
  • Lives with his wife and two children in Coquitlam

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Matt Djonlic, Councillor & Trustee

  • Elected to Coquitlam City Council in 2022
  • Previously served on the Coquitlam Public Library Board from 2014 – 2021
  • Graduate from Simon Fraser University with a BA in Political Science
  • Lives in the Town Centre area with his partner Natalie and their cat Petunia

Monica Heir

Monica Heir, Trustee

  • Technology consultant
  • Moved to Coquitlam in 2018
  • Can usually be found chasing her husband, two daughters and/or dog around local parks
  • Avid reader and, most recently, audiobook listener

Cindy Mark

Cindy Mark, Trustee

  • Product Design ASIC Engineer
  • M. A. Sc University of British Columbia
  • Enjoys DIY projects inside and outside the home
  • Resident of Coquitlam for over 5 years

Neal Nicholson

Neal Nicholson, Trustee

  • Semi-retired, resigning membership in the Chartered Accountants after 48 years in 2016
  • Maintains a commitment to his Coquitlam community as a director and often Treasurer of organizations such as the Coquitlam Heritage Society and Evergreen Cultural Centre
  • More broadly, he also is Treasurer of the Rivershed Society of BC, BC Entertainment Hall of Fame and secretary of Douglas College Foundation
  • He served as a Councillor in Coquitlam until 2014
  • With his wife Barbara, Neal moved to Coquitlam in 1976 where they remain, close to their two children, their spouses and three grandchildren

Kimberly Sivak 2022

Kimberly Sivak, Trustee

  • Research Project Manager at Simon Fraser University
  • Certified Project Management Professional
  • MA in International Environmental Policy from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies; BA in Film from the University of California at Berkeley
  • Co-founder and Leadership Committee member of SFU's Project Management Community of Practice.
  • Enjoys stewarding her Little Free Library, historical fiction, classic movies, and dog parks (accompanied by her rescue pup and human family)

Richard Veerapen

Richard Veerapen, Trustee

  • Former neurosurgeon with academic legal training, Ph.D (Law & Society, UVic)
  • UBC MD Program FLEX Courses Site Director (at the Island Medical Program)
  • Resident of Coquitlam, with family mostly on the mainland
  • Area of reading and writing: socio-legal and policy strategies related to conflict in healthcare

Todd-Gnissios

Todd Gnissios, Executive Director & Secretary to the Board

  • Appointed December 9, 2013
  • MLIS, University of British Columbia
  • BGS, Business and Humanities, Simon Fraser University

Meetings

  • The Board meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month, except in March, August and December.
  • To attend as an observer, email officemanager@coqlibrary.ca.

Presentations to the Board

Groups and/or individuals who want to address the Board should contact Executive Director Todd Gnissios at tgnissios@coqlibrary.ca at least 5 days before the next Board meeting to be included in the meeting agenda.

Your request must include:

  • who will be attending
  • the organization you represent, if any
  • the topic of your presentation
  • the meeting date you wish to make your presentation

Your presentation must be under 15 minutes long.

The Board Chair has final authority on whether to allow a presentation, the time allotted, and the time given to questions from Trustees, if any.

Minutes