Your Board

Learn more about the members of your Waterloo Public Library Board.

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Karen Scian, Board Chair

Karen’s professional roots lie in education, which fuels her commitment to public libraries as a key element in a healthy community.

A former City of Waterloo Councillor, Karen is a faculty member at Conestoga College’s Business School, teaching leadership and social innovation courses to tomorrow’s leaders. She is also the co-founder and principal of The Talent Business Solutions, a Waterloo start-up focused on delivering strategic management support to help businesses grow, compete, and embrace change. Her focus is always on developing the capacity of others – her students, a non-profit community organization, or an emerging high tech company.

Karen has served as a board member for several local organizations including Waterloo North Hydro, St. Mary’s General Hospital, The Clay and Glass Gallery, and the Button Factory. Besides being the current Waterloo Public Library Board Chair, she is also the Chair of Community Justice Initiatives, a local not for profit focused on restorative justice practices. Find Karen on Twitter at @KarenScian.

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Jude Doble, Vice-Chair

Jude is a communications professional at the University of Waterloo, with a background in project management, strategic communications, writing and social media.

She has proudly adopted her home of Waterloo and has become a champion for the region as an excellent place to live, work and play. To help promote the dynamic activity in the region, she writes a blog profiling local creatives doing interesting things in arts and culture.

Jude has been on the library board since 2013 and enjoys her role as an advocate for one of the greatest places on earth: public libraries. She has also volunteered in leadership roles with Nutrition for Learning, Kitchener Public Library and Hildegard Marsden Nursery. Follow Jude on Twitter at @8Jude.

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Ian Gilchrist

Ian has been a resident of Waterloo for 34 years and is a proud husband, father and grandfather. He has recently retired from a senior position in IT for a local school board, having supported the use of technology in schools throughout his career. Ian is deeply involved in the community and volunteers in the Emergency Department at the Grand River Hospital and at Canadian Blood Services.

A dedicated and passionate library advocate, Ian has been a Library Board member since 2011. As Fundraising Committee Chair, he was instrumental in developing and organizing WPL’s first annual fundraiser, After Hours @ The Library, which was held in November 2014.

In addition to his many volunteer activities, Ian enjoys reading historical fiction, cooking, baking and spending time with his grandchildren.

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Alison De Muy

Alison has extensive experience leading teams to find creative solutions to complex problems.  She has a diverse background, starting with experiences on Parliament Hill in Ottawa and working with youth on Capitol Hill and at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC.

Building on an interest in International Affairs and government, Alison was one of the first employees at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI).  From CIGI, Alison, along with two other partners, founded Overlap Associates –an innovative design thinking firm in Kitchener.  At Overlap, Alison gained experience and an expanded interest working on challenging problems in Ontario’s health care system.

Alison is currently at the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network (WWLHIN), where she works on the design of an improved mental health and addictions system.  She has two young daughters and enjoys community events, travel, motorcycling, snowmobiling and political dramas. Catch up with Alison on Twitter at @ademuy

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Rachel Harder

Rachel completed her bachelor’s degree in History and Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Waterloo and earned a Masters degree in Library and Information Science from The University of Western Ontario.

She worked in numerous administrative roles at Western and eventually landed her dream job as the International Exchange Advisor. In this role she guided and coordinated both the incoming and the outgoing undergraduate exchange students.  Having lived and studied in China, Northern Ireland and Chad, Africa, Rachel knows well the value and benefits of international education and travel.

In 2008, Rachel, her husband, and their two young boys spent 7 months living, working, and traveling in New Zealand.  Now back in Waterloo, Rachel enjoys working from home part-time and volunteering in the community.  She is a founding board member and secretary of Our Farm, a community farming project, and now a successful program of KW Rehabilitation Services.

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Helen Rumney Kaluzny

Helen has been a member of the Waterloo Public Library Board since 2009, and is the past Board Chair.

After moving to Waterloo in 1999, she immediately became involved with the community: as President of the Columbia Forest Community Association, as a member of the Waterloo Community Council, and as a volunteer with Winterloo.

Helen is proud to have worked on the library’s Strategic Plan 2013-2017, in encouraging new fundraising opportunities, and promoting the library as a community hub.

Helen has worked as a journalist in all forms of media, as a freelance writer, and in marketing and communications. She’s been an avid library user since she started reading at the age of three.

Follow Helen on Twitter at @helenaka6

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John Strong

John has lived in Kitchener-Waterloo for most of his life and attended both the University of Waterloo and Wilfred Laurier University, obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree with a minor in Business.

After graduating, John joined his family’s transport and logistics business where he continues to work today.

During his university days, John met his wife Jane. They married in 1992 and have three daughters and a West Highland White Terrier named Tucker. John is an avid hockey & soccer player and has also coached girls’ soccer and hockey.  He volunteers regularly at his church and enjoys working in his three-car Mustang stable and, of course, visiting WPL. John has been a Library Board member since 2011 and is committed to raising WPL’s profile in the community.

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Angela Vieth, Councillor

Angela has lived in Waterloo since 1979. She and her husband John have raised four children in the Lakeshore area of Waterloo.

A graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University, Angela has been very active in the community for many years. She is an event specialist with Eventastic.com and the former co-ordinator of the Kitchener-Waterloo Kiwanis Music Festival. She is an active member of the Kiwanis Club of Kitchener-Waterloo and serves as Second Vice Chair of the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony Volunteer Committee.

Angela was the recipient of the Waterloo Award in 2003, the same year she graduated from the Leadership Waterloo Region program. She has been involved in the community at a grassroots level in the neighbourhood association, school council and Festival of Neighbourhoods, to name a few. Angela is a judge with the provincial Communities in Bloom program and co-founder of the UpTown Waterloo Ice Dogs Festival (now Winterloo). Chat with Angela on Twitter at @VoteVieth