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New library director appointed in Gibsons

New library director appointed in Gibsons

evans-cullenThe Gibsons and District Public Library (GDPL) Board is pleased to announce the hiring of Heather Evans-Cullen for the position of Library Director, commencing Nov. 1. Ms. Evans-Cullen emerged as the top candidate in a hiring search that yielded 16 local, national and international candidates. The combination of her management experience, library outreach capability, and interpersonal skills made her the ideal candidate for the community’s growing library. “Heather has the leadership and management skills that make her an asset to our region,” said Board Chair Matt Thomson, “She will continue to build the library as an outward-looking organization, focused both on the big picture and strengthening individual connections.”

Ms. Evans-Cullen has had the library director position on her radar since coming to GDPL in September 2011 as the children’s and youth librarian. Since 2014, she has excelled in the role of community outreach and partnership coordinator at GDPL and, during that period, completed her post graduate certificate with merit in library and information studies at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. She is currently completing a master’s degree in science in library and information studies, also at RGU. Prior to coming to GDPL, Ms. Evans-Cullen had a social services oriented career, including working as a program director for Sunshine Coast Community Services, and similar positions with Neighbourhood Houses in East Vancouver.  She also holds a BA in English literature from the University of British Columbia.

The board is excited to see how she will apply her rich and diverse experience to the GDPL. Ms. Evans-Cullen sees the public library as the community’s great equalizer and as a refuge for people from the busy commercialized world.  She says “It is a safe space for someone who just needs warmth and acceptance, a place of lifelong learning, a welcoming gateway for newcomers, and a catalyst for true community and personal development.  I am excited at the opportunity to help the Board shape the future of this library at a time of technological innovation, and at the same time to help our growing community use the library’s resources to improve everyone’s quality of life.” As a cycle commuter and devotee of the library, her favourite life quote is “My two favourite things in life are bicycles and libraries. They both move people forward without wasting anything.” (Peter Golkin)

Heather Evans-Cullen has lived in Roberts Creek since 1998, is married to Sean Cullen and has four sons.

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