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Your Library Board

Public library boards are governing boards, legal corporations with the authority to make policy and to govern the library's affairs under the Public Libraries Act, RSO 1990.

To find out more about library board structure, policies and procedures visit the Ontario Library Association website at »


To find out more about the Brighton Public Library Board and their responsibilities and involvement in the local library please contact Bob Burke, Board Chair, at or 613-475-5547


Strategic Plan "Your Library! Your Imagination!"

We are delighted to share with you the 2016 – 2020 Brighton Public Library Strategic Plan: Your Library! Your Imagination!
Community engagement was at the core of our strategic planning process. We heard from an enthusiastic group of community leaders who shared a fresh perspective on the Brighton community with the Brighton Public Library Board. We thank those participants for their time and insights into community trends and needs.

The Library Board and staff also heard from 345 survey respondents. We were encouraged to hear that community members are pleased with library staff and services. However, we also heard clearly from survey respondents that increased collections and programs are important to the Brighton community. These survey responses have greatly informed the strategic plan and will continue to inform the future of the Brighton Public Library.

We look forward to working closely with staff, Board members and community partners to provide patron-oriented services and programs that meet the needs of the vibrant and growing community that is the Municipality of Brighton.

Bob Burke - Board Chair

Mellissa D’Onofrio-Jones - CEO


Meeting Minutes

All of our board meeting minutes are recorded and posted to the website in the right column of the "Board" page. They are in PDF format so you will need to have a PDF reader such as Adobe Reader in order to open and read them.

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Brighton Public Library Board

Board meetings are held at the library on the 4th Wednesday of the month, at 7:00 pm with the exception of July and August.

Robert Burke Chair Email Bob Burke 613-475-5547
Sandi Zwaan Vice Chair Email Sandi Zwaan 613-661-7335
Mary Tadman Council Representative Email Mary Tadman 613-475-0888
Emily Rowley Council Representative Email Emily Rowley 613-475-0166
Murray Workman Trustee Email Murray Workman 613-439-9143
Jane Baier Trustee Email Jane Baier 613-475-5043
Parise Herbert Trustee Email Parise Herbert 613-475-4436
Carol French Trustee Email Carol French 613-920-6718
Heather Ratz Library CEO, Secretary, Treasurer Email Heather Ratz 613 475-2511



Brighton Public Library Staff

The Brighton Public Library has the following Library Professionals on staff to serve your needs.
Our staff are committed to providing you with excellent service.

Heather Ratz CEO Email Heather Ratz
Jeni Dyment Children's Librarian and Codrington Branch Email Jeni Dyment
Penny Kingyens Assistant Librarian  
Kim Reaman Library Clerk  
Penny Simmons Library Clerk  
Andrea Wheeldon Library Clerk  
Vicki Kimmett Library Clerk  
Greg Taylor Library Clerk  
Isobel Flindall Student Assistant