The Current Library Board
The North Vancouver District Public Library Board comprises eight community-minded volunteers who are appointed by District Council plus one elected Councillor.
Mike Little (Board Chair)
Mike Little was appointed to the NVDPL Board in January 2016. He served as a North Vancouver District Councillor for nine years and was an electoral candidate in the North Vancouver-Seymour riding for the 2015 Federal Election.
A summary of Mike’s volunteer commitments include serving as a Director of Transportation for the 2015 North Vancouver 55+ BC Games Society, undertaking the role of Executive Board Chair for the North Shore Emergency Management Office, volunteering as a Board Member for the North Vancouver Museum and Archives, as well as representing the North Vancouver Heritage Commission as a Commissioner.
Mike serves as the Board Chair and ex-officio on all committees.
He lives in North Vancouver with his wife and four children.
Linda Munro (Vice Chair)
Linda was appointed to the Board in January 2015. She is an independent PR consultant with a background in journalism and corporate communications, and a strong interest in community development. Born and raised in North Vancouver, Linda left for 10 years and spent time working in media in India and international development in Thailand. More recently, she and her husband lived in London, UK, where she worked for a global PR agency. Now back in North Vancouver, she and her family make their home in Lynn Valley, where she enjoys running on the trails in Lynn Canyon and geocaching with her husband and kids. She has served as a board member for the Capilano Community Services Society and as President of Lynn Valley Parent Participation Preschool. In addition to the library board, she is also a volunteer treasurer for the Girl Guides of Canada and a member of the Parent Advisory Committee at Ross Road School.
Photo and bio coming soon.
Jim Hanson (Council Representative)
Jim Hanson was appointed to the Library Board in January 2016. As he was elected a District of North Vancouver Councillor in 2014, he currently serves as the Council Representative on the Library Board. Jim was born and raised in North Vancouver, growing up in the Blueridge Neighbourhood and attending Blueridge Elementary School and Windsor Secondary Schools.
Jim has spent his career practicing law in British Columbia since 1985. He holds law degrees from both UBC and Oxford University (England). He practices personal-injury law at his firm, Hanson & Co, in North Vancouver.
Jim still lives in Blueridge with his wife, North Vancouver realtor, Ruth Hanson. They have two children, Elizabeth and Robert.
Mark was appointed to the Board in January 2015. He has lived in North Vancouver for the past forty-five years and has an extensive career in K-12 public education and human resources. Mark serves on the Board's Human Resources Committee.
He has a passion for learning and literacy, and to this end, believes the public library system plays an integral role for all members in a community. In addition to his present role, he has enjoyed coaching and managing youth rugby, soccer, baseball and basketball.
Photo coming soon!
Colleen MacMillan began her publishing career at Western Producer Prairie Books in Saskatoon, where she worked for nine years. At the time of her departure, she held the position of Acting Publisher. She departed Saskatoon to join Whitecap Books in North Vancouver to take up the position of Publisher. Another nine years passed in that position. She then joined Toronto-based Annick Press, a Canadian-owned children’s publishing house, best known for classic Robert Munsch titles such as THE PAPER BAG PRINCESS. Annick invited Colleen to open a Vancouver office, which she ran from 1998 until February of 2017, when she retired. At Annick Press she was active in acquisition work, publishing titles such as FATTY LEGS, which has now become a classic account of a young girl’s experience in a residential school. Colleen also attended annual book fairs in Frankfurt and Bologna during her 17 years with the company, where she sought suitable foreign titles for publication in North America.
During her career, Colleen has served as President of the Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia, on the executive of the Association of Canadian Publishers, the board of Literary B.C., and for several years running, as a member of the planning committee for the Peter Gzowski invitational Golf Tournament, a fund-raiser for adult literacy programs throughout the province. In 2009 she received the Peter Gzowski Award for her contribution to literacy.
Kristine Mactaggart Wright
Kristine joined the NVDPL Board in 2016. She has over 15 years of progressive work experience with the BC Provincial Goverment. However, this seasoned lawyer (currently non-practicing) is taking a break for child care reasons. Kristine has resided in the District of North Vancouver with her husband for over 14 years, and now lives here with their two daughters.
She is currently serving her community and staying skilled by volunteering with local organizations, including the NVDPL Board.
Allison Rzen was appointed to the board in 2016. Allison is an Associate Partner with PFM Executive Search, working with a wide array of Western Canada’s public and private sector organizations to help build and strengthen their leadership teams. She brings particular skill in facilitating large, diverse Search and Selection Committees to reach objective, consensus-based decisions. Prior to joining PFM in 1999, Allison worked for Tourism Vancouver, where she worked with the domestic and international convention markets to coordinate their events in Vancouver.
A life-long North Shore resident, Allison is thrilled to be able to focus her volunteer efforts on continuing to strengthen our community. She is a Commissioner with the North Vancouver Recreation & Culture Commission and a member of the Commission’s Arts & Culture Grants Review Committee. With two small children, Allison has loved the opportunity to re-live her childhood memories of Saturday morning visits to the local library.
Phil Webber was appointed to the Board in 2016. Phil is the founder of EnAble Performance Inc, a consulting enterprise whose mission is to help organizations move toward sustainability by working with them to improve environmental, health and safety, and social performance. A Certified Public Accountant and Management Consultant, Phil has over 30 years experience with management systems and measurement frameworks, as well as associated assessment and auditing activities. He brings expertise in financial and risk management, governance and compliance requirements, and business process improvement to the Board. Phil sits on the Finance and Infrastructure Committee of the Board.
Born, raised and living in North Vancouver, Phil is committed to engagement in District activities to help build a vibrant, resilient and sustainable community. An avid reader, Phil believes we need to focus on the development and maintenance of individual and collective knowledge levels needed to sustain such a community, and sees the library as a key component in meeting related information needs. He love the greenness, water and hills of the North Vancouver, and tries to enjoy them with his family and friends any way he can.
All Library Board Trustees may be contacted through the North Vancouver District Public Library Director of Library Services, and Board Secretary, Jacqueline van Dyk