2018 Library Board

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. 


Valerie Dong 

Valerie Dong was appointed to the Board in February 2018. Valerie is a senior leader in Business Advisory Services at WorkSafeBC and brings more than 20 years’ experience developing and delivering high value business improvement solutions. Through her work in the public-sector she brings a wealth of experience in strategic planning, program and project management, business analysis, process improvement, change management, and building high performance teams. 

Valerie was raised in North Vancouver, attended Lonsdale Elementary and Carson Graham schools, and currently lives in Lynn Valley with her husband and two sons. She strongly believes in the power of literature to be a catalyst in creating opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to learn, imagine, dream, connect and explore. Along with reading, her interests include jogging, Italian food, and being an avid soccer mom. 

Lara Greguric

Lara Greguric was appointed to the Board in January 2017. Lara is the Executive Vice President, Learning Development & Outreach with the CPA Western School of Business (CPAWSB), an institution that inspires and educates tomorrow’s Chartered Professional Accountants. She is responsible for enabling student learning, overseeing educational contractor relations, and leading stakeholder engagement. Prior to joining CPAWSB, Lara held senior roles in the pharmaceutical, financial services, and advisory services sectors. As a CPA, CA since 1998, Lara brings business and financial expertise to her Board role and also serves as the Chair of the Finance and Infrastructure Committee.

Lara lives in Pemberton Heights with her husband. In her personal time, she enjoys cycling, kayaking, and hiking the North Shore. Lara is also pursuing a doctorate of education at UBC.

Being involved in learning professionally and personally, Lara is a strong supporter of library systems and the critical function they fulfill in vibrant communities. 


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. 

Ana Lopez 

Ana was appointed to the Board in 2018.  She is the Vice-President, Human Resources & People Development at BCIT.  She oversees a broad HR portfolio which includes recruitment, total rewards, learning and professional development, change leadership, labour relations, employment advisory services, organizational wellness, human resources information systems, privacy, as well as safety, security and emergency management. Prior to joining BCIT, Ana worked in HR roles at TransLink and Coast Mountain Bus Company after having practiced labour and employment law with two Vancouver firms.  
Ana is proud to be able to serve as a Trustee for the Board, and support such a vital part of our north shore community.  
In her spare time, Ana enjoys running, hiking and snowshoeing on the north shore, as well as actively supporting her teenage kids in pursuit of their various activities.

Colleen MacMillan

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.


Allison Rzen
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
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.