Library Board

David Phillips (Chair)

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David taught for 34 years for the Durham District School Board as a Physical Education Department Head. He is an university graduate with a BA, a BPHE and a MEd. He is an active member of St.Andrew’s-Chalmers Presbyterian Church. He has been married to Anne for 42 years and they have one married daughter, Nancy Alexander. Nancy and her husband Brian, have one daughter  Rachel who was born in July 2009. David is a great supporter of libraries and has been on the Library Board for ten years and became the Chair in January 2006. He is on the board of the  Southern Ontario Library Service.


Chuck Heroux (Vice Chair)

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Chuck Heroux is a retired professional engineer whose career was spent in the chemical and corrosion industries, in technical sales, marketing, and executive positions in both Canada and the United States. After eight years in Chicago he and his wife, Gail, returned to Canada and settled in Uxbridge in 2004. They have four children, four grandchildren, and have just passed their fourtieth wedding anniversary.

Adele Boye

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Adele taught secondary schools for the Toronto district school board for 32 years as curriculum Leader of Arts and Physical Education. She does supply work in her former schools library. Adele has lived in Sandford for 16 years. She and her family moved here from Toronto when her husband retired. She is an active member for Sandford United Church and is currently studying to be a licensed lay worship leader in her church community. Adele has on son, Christopher, who is a member of the Canadian Armed Forces (RCEME corps) and there stepchildren Ken, Karen and Susan who reside in Australia as her late husband was Australian. She enjoys theater, beekeeping, tennis, and reading and is a member of several books clubs.

Dave Barton


Council Representative on the Library Board.

Dwight Clements

Dwight and his wife Deborah have lived in Uxbridge since 1989. They have three children, all who grew up in Uxbridge. Dwight is a retired York Region secondary school teacher. He was Head of Business Studies and later Head of Alternative Education. He also started and was the director of a business incubator program dedicated to helping High School students start their own businesses. He has a BA, BEd and an MBA.

Fred Byron


Council Representative on the Library Board.

Gordon Shreeve


Janet Betts

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Janet is a 30 year resident of Zephyr in the Township of Uxbridge and is a self employed individual that is committed to promoting community involvement.

Keela Efraim


Lynn Klages

Lynn Klages and her husband, Boyd made the choice to live and raise their three children in rural Uxbridge Township 25 years ago. Lynn graduated from Durham College with a Diploma in Business Administration. She is currently VP of Finance and Administration for a family operated mechanical contracting business. Lynn enjoys volunteering and has been a board member with many non-profit groups here in Uxbridge and Durham Region.

Martin Koolhaas








Martin, along with his wife and three children moved to Uxbridge in 2009. As senior director in a large company, he runs an international engineering organization responsible for industry leading semiconductor development.  He has an interest in promoting Science, Engineering, Technology and Math (STEM) to the youth in our community and believes in evolving libraries for the future generations.

Rita Irwin

Rita has lived in the town of Uxbridge since 1988. Her three children were born and raised here. Rita has volunteered and been a board member with many non-profit organizations. She also works full-time with a local company and enjoys participating in community theatre in different capacities. Rita is an avid reader and clogger.

The Role of the Library Board and Committees

An important contributor to a successful and smoothly running public library actively involved in the community is the Library’s Board of Directors. The Library Board operates under the authority of the Ontario Public Libraries Act (R.S.O. 1990, chapter P.44) and most public libraries or library systems in the province have such a governing board. The Board is responsible for making policies for the operation of the Library; for obtaining adequate funding for Library materials, services and programs; and for promoting the Library in the community. The twelve Library Board members are appointed by the Township of Uxbridge Council for a 4-year term that runs concurrently with the term of the appointing Municipal Council.

The Library Board has a wide range of responsibilities, including the sound fiscal management of the Library. The Board is also responsible for setting overall policies such as the service philosophy appropriate for the total community and the programs best suited to implement that philosophy. As the Library’s policy-setting body, the Board deals with all legal and ethical aspects of the library’s operation and equitable personnel management practices within the library.

The oversight of the Library Board ensures that the Library is properly run and well-managed; however, the day-to-day operation and management of the Library is in the hands of the CEO/Chief Librarian. It is the CEO’s task to provide professional and practical advice to the Board and to implement the guiding vision provided by the Board.

The Township of Uxbridge Public Library Board meets the 4th Thursday of each month from September to June. Meetings are open to the public except when confidential items are discussed. Unless otherwise noted, the meetings are generally held at the Uxbridge Public Library.

There are three committees that do the preparatory work and make recommendations to the full Board. In this work, they are supported by the CEO and library staff, as directed by the CEO.

Finance Committee

  • Chuck Heroux (Chair), Rita Irwin, David Phillips
  • Prepares an annual budget
  • Presents budget to Township Council
  • Reviews Library spending presents a report to the Board at each meeting

Governance and HR Committee

  • David Phillips (Chair), Lynn Klages, Adele Boy, Chuck Heroux, Fred Bryan, Dwight Clements
  • Develops a performance appraisal process for the CEO
  • Writes Board policy with the CEO and presents it to the Board for approval
  • Consults with CEO regarding personnel issues consults with the CEO regarding the wage and benefits portion of the budget
  • Forms a committee to hire the CEO

Community Committee

  • Dwight Clements (Chair), Rita Irwin, Dave Barton, Lynn Klages, Keela Efraim, Adele Boy, David Phillips, Janet Betts, Gordon Shreeve, Corrinne Morrison (Staff)
  • Identity community needs and wants.
  • Develop a message or messages and determine how best to communicate to community.
  • Promote the library, its services, volunteer opportunities, benefit to community.
  • Identify partners to assist in meeting Library mission.

SOLS Trustee Councils

  • David Phillips (Uxbridge Representative)
  • A communications link between Southern Ontario Library Service and boards regarding SOLS’ services.
  • A forum for sharing information and an opportunity to hear how other boards deal with similar issues.
  • Suggestions and support for trustee training
  • A pool of trustees from which to elect members to the SOLS Board.