FOPLA is comprised of three groups who participate in our decision-making, see that our goals are met, and contribute to the Ottawa Public Library.
Over 300 Ottawans from all areas of our community volunteer with the Friends, and without them we couldn’t be successful! From sorting books to managing stores and serving on the Board of Directors, our volunteers contribute their talents and time to support their public libraries.
The talent and commitment of our volunteers is something the Friends are very proud of, and volunteers are proud of their work giving back to the library.
Click here for more information about our volunteer opportunities.
Board of Directors
The FOPLA Board of Directors carries out and coordinates advocacy efforts, performs financial services for Local Committees, and allocates funds raised towards any activity or program that it deems appropriate. These are the people who keep pushing FOPLA to achieve more!
FOPLA has two part-time employees who provide a constant link between our community, our volunteers, our supporters and our Board of Directors. Contact Marie Petersen or Jasmine Ball with your questions.
Board of Directors
Colin Plows, President
-- Vice-president of Operations
Jessica Hertzog, Vice-president Advocacy and Public Relations
Heather Murphy, Secretary
Sean Ingutia, Treasurer
Janis Sops, Member-at-large
Anne Rutherford, Member-at-large
Anthony Beck, Member-at-large
Matthew Geigen-Miller, Member-at-large
Shelly McQuillen, Member-at-large
Stanley Lowe, Member-at-large
Cindy Streefkerk, Past-president
Local Committee Representatives:
-- (Ottawa Local Committee)
Anthony Beck (Goulbourn - Rideau Local Committee)
-- (Vanier Local Committee)
Judy Wisking (Nepean Local Committee)
Heather Murphy (Kanata Local Committee)
Colin Plows (Cumberland - Orleans Local Committee)
Nancy Shurtleff (Greenboro Local Committee)
Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association Employees
Marie Petersen – Administrative Assistant
Jasmine Ball - Public Relations Assistant