"To develop and support library trustees to advance public library service in British Columbia"

BCLTA is governed by a Board of nine and the work of the Board is supported by an Executive Director and Administrative Assistant.
Andy Ackerman

Andy Ackerman - President Fort Saint John Public Library

Myriad Consulting Inc.
11720 89A St
Fort St John BC  V1J 6R6
(250) 787-8457
(250) 793-7797 (cell)
(250) 787-8450 (fax)
Skype:  andrewa21

Andy Ackerman is the Chair of the Fort St John Library Board  and Vice President of the BCLTA. He is also vice-chair of the new North East Library Federation.  Andy is a  a trainer for BCLTA, having put on a number of Trustee Orientation Program workshops during the past year. Andy is a strong advocate for libraries and  co-chaired the group that developed the North Peace Community Literacy Plan.  Andy retired from the BC Ministry of Environment at the end of June, 2007 and is president of his own consulting company, Myriad Consulting Inc.

Regional Representative for:

Chetwynd Public Library
Dawson Creek Municipal Public Library
Fort Nelson Public Library
Fort St. John Public Library
Hudson's Hope Public Library
Pouce Coupe Public Library
Tumbler Ridge Public Library
Taylor Public Library

ARlene Yoshikawa Arlene Yoshikawa - Vice-President Richmond Public Library

Arlene Yoshikawa is Vice-Chair of the Richmond Public Library Board and Chair of its Fundraising Committee. Her professional background involves working within the private sector in telecommunications and marketing. A strong supporter of literacy, Arlene believes that a library plays an integral role to the community.  Arlene is serving her third year with BCLTA.

Regional Representative for:

Fraser Valley Regional Library
New Westminster Public Library
North Vancouver City Library
North Vancouver District Public Library
Pender Island Public Library
Richmond Public Library
Salt Spring Island Public Library
Surrey Public Library
West Vancouver Memorial Library

Caroline Waters - Director BCLTA Philip Mantler - Secretary Treasurer Prince George Public Library

Philip Mantler is the chair of the Prince george Public Library Board. Prior to joining the library board, Phil has served on the boards of a number of organizations, including the BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils. Professionally, he has been an accountant in industry and public practice for over 20 years and is currently employed as an auditor for the Canada Revenue Agency.

Regional Representative for:

Fort St. James Public Library
Fraser Lake Public Library
Granisle Public Library
Mackenzie Public Library
McBride & District Public Library
Prince George Public Library
Valemount Public Library
Vanderhoof Public Library

Loring Bohach Loring Bohach - Director Vancouver Public Library

Loring Bohach is a project manager in the securities exchange industry.  Loring is the immediate past-president of Friends of the Vancouver Public Library, who were recognized by the BCLTA in 2007 for their contribution to advocacy on behalf of the Vancouver library system. As a lifelong user of school and public library services, Loring has developed a deep appreciation of the contributions that libraries make to our society, and for the many roles that make up a successful library system - including library trustees..  Loring is currently a Vice-chair of the Vancouver Public Library Board of Trustees."

Regional Representative for:

Burns Lake Public Library
Gibsons & District Public Library
Lillooet Area Public Library
Pemberton & District Public Library
Powell River Municipal Library
Sechelt Public Library
Squamish Public Library
Vancouver Public Library
Whistler Public Library

Natasha Brienen - Director Houston Public Library

Natasha Brienen is a director on the Houston Public Library and the North Coast Federation Boards.  As an employee of literacy organizations that encourage "lifelong learning", she firmly believes in personal and professional growth.  She has become increasingly involved with libraries and believes that these roles tie into visions for thriving communities.  This is her first year as a director on BCLTA Board and values the opportunity to volunteer for an association that supports trustee advocacy and learning.

Regional Representative for:

Hazelton District Public Library
Houston Public Library
Kitimat Public Library
Prince Rupert Library
Smithers Public Library
Stewart Public Library
Terrace Public Library

 Andre Isakov - Coquitlam Public Library

Andre is a student of Political Science/ Urban Studies at Simon Fraser University and is actively involved in a number of SFU programs and initiatives. He is also a member of the City of Coquitlam Advisory Committee of the Whole and former Member of City of Coquitlam Administrative Services Advisory Committee, Livable Communities Advisory Committee, Environment Advisory Committee and the Coquitlam Youth Council

Regional Representative for:

Alert Bay Public Library
Bowen Island Public Library
Burnaby Public Library
Coquitlam Public Library
InterLINK Federated Public Library System
Port Moody Public Library
Ivan Idzan Ivan Idzan - Director Okanagan Regional Library

Ivan and his family members have an absolute fascination with and love of books and libraries. From a young age, Ivan was a regular patron of the Salmon Arm branch of Okanagan Regional Library. Ivan attended Simon Fraser University where he obtained a degree in Communication before entering a career in information technology and communication. In 2002, Ivan and his family moved back to Salmon Arm to be near extended family. Ivan has worked in a variety of jobs since his return to Salmon Arm, including as a library clerk for Okanagan College. Ivan was elected to Salmon Arm city council during the Nov. 2005 municipal election and became Salmon Arm's primary representative on the ORL in Jan. 2007. Ivan very much enjoys his participation in the governance of ORL, and looks forward to utilizing his broad technical and communications experience with the BCLTA Board.

Regional Representative for:

Cranbrook Public Library
Creston Public Library
Elkford Public Library
Fernie Public Library
Invermere Public Library
Kimberley Public Library
Okanagan Regional Library
Penticton Public Library
Rossland Public Library
Salmo Public Library
Sparwood Public Library
Radium Hot Springs Public Library

Michelle Wong Michelle Wong - Director Greater Victoria Public Library

Michelle Wong is currently the Director of Evaluation and Strategic Directions for the Office of the Representative for Children and Youth in Victoria, BC.  As a life long lover and user of libraries and information, Michelle is a strong believer in the role that libraries play in creating social capital within communities and improving the quality and outcomes of people’s lives. In addition to serving as a trustee and Planning Committee Chair for the Greater Victoria Public Library, until just recently, Michelle also served as president of the board of directors for the Greater Victoria Child and Family Counselling Association; as a member of the Vancouver Island Ethno-cultural Advisory Committee for the Ministry of Children and Family Development; and as the library board representative on the City of Victoria Learning City committee. 

Regional Representative for:

Beaver Valley Public Library
Castlegar & District Public Library
Grand Forks & District Public Library
Greater Victoria Public Library
Greenwood Public Library
Kaslo & District Public Library
Midway Public Library
Nakusp Public Library
Nelson Municipal Library
Trail & District Public Library


Peter Wainwright Peter Wainwright - Past-President Vancouver Island Regional Library

Peter is currently serving as President of the BCLTA. He has served as a library trustee for eight years and taken a mandatory break, returning again to serve on the Vancouver Island Regional Library (VIRL) board. He is currently Chair of VIRL. Peter is retired and has been a member of Council for the Town of Sidney since 1993.

Regional Representative for:

Vancouver Island Regional Library

Errin Morrison, BA, MLIS - Executive Director

BCLTA Virtual Office
PO Box 4334 Station Terminal
Vancouver BC V6B 3Z7
Ph: 778-355-9979

778 885-8765 (mobile)

As Executive Director, key responsibilities include:

- carrying out the strategic initiatives, goals and plans of the Board

- identifying areas of concern to the library trustee community

- ensuring a proactive presence for Trustees among stakeholders such as the Provincial Government's Library Services Branch, British Columbia Library Association and other organizations.

Mandy Davies - Administrative Assistant BCLTA
Mandy Davies - Administrative Assistant

BCLTA Virtual Office
PO Box 4334 Station Terminal
Vancouver BC V6B 3Z7
Ph: 604 913-1424
Fax: 604 913-1413

Mandy runs the daily business of BCLTA through her virtual home office and has been with BCLTA since February 2002. Mandy also tutors and teaches computer related courses for West Vancouver Community Learning, BCIT and the TAG Institute at UBC and holds a BC Adult Instructor Diploma.



Welcome new Directors

  • Loring Bohach
  • Ivan Idzan
  • Michelle Wong