Our Organization

FOPLA is comprised of three groups who participate in our decision-making, ensure that our goals are met, and contribute to the Ottawa Public Library.

Volunteers

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!

Employees

FOPLA has two part-time employees who provide a constant link between our community, our volunteers, our supporters, and our Board of Directors. Contact the FOPLA office with your questions.

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2015-2016
Board of Directors

Colin Plows, President 

Penelope Gould, Vice-President, Operations
Bryant McNamara, Vice-President Communications
Vlad Uher, Vice-President Advocacy and Partnerships
Matthew Geigen-Miller, Secretary 
Brenda Rosenberg, Treasurer 
John Lobsinger, Member-at-large
Chantal Cloutier, Member-at-large

Local Committee Representatives: 
Carol Kerfoot (Ottawa Local Committee) 
Josephine Norton (Goulbourn - Rideau Local Committee) 
Judy Evans (Nepean Local Committee) 
Heather Murphy (Kanata Local Committee) 
Colin Plows (Cumberland - Orleans Local Committee) 
Richard Bellaire (Greenboro Local Committee
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Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association Employees

Finance Coordinator:
Greg Morrow

Communications Officer/
Administrative Assistant: 
Alison Larabie Chase