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 a university graduate with a BA, a BPHE and an MEd. He is an active member of St.Andrew’s-Chalmers Presbyterian Church. He has been married to Anne for 50 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 served for many years on the Library Board becoming the Chair in January 2006. He is on the District #5 Southern Ontario Library Service Board.

Agnes Croxford

Agnes is a retired Librarian with extensive experience in a number of corporate libraries and internet-based information services. She moved to Uxbridge in 2014 with her husband Ken,  and enjoys living close to her son and his family.

Since moving to Uxbridge she has been a volunteer in several capacities: trail clean-up, library programs, and as a member of the Horticultural Society Board of Directors.

Agnes has a B.A. and M.L.S.

Dave Barton


Dave Barton was elected Mayor of the Township of Uxbridge in 2018. He was a Ward Councillor for the previous term of Council.   Dave is a lifelong resident of Uxbridge having been born at the Uxbridge Cottage Hospital.

Dave is a strong advocate for the library and has been on the Library board for several years.

Dave plays an active role on Regional Council, and is a member of the Regional Transit and Public Works Committees. He is also an avid outdoors enthusiast, trail user and sits on the boards of Precious Minds, the Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority and the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority. In his spare time Dave volunteers with the Bonner Boys and is an active member of the Durham Mountain Bike Association.

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.

Gary Ruona

Councillor Ward 2

Gordon Shreeve

Martin Koolhaas

Martin, along with his wife and three children moved to Uxbridge in 2009. He is a senior leader in the semiconductor industry focused on enabling leading edge technologies.  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.

Willie Popp

Councillor Ward 4

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Identify 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.