Members of the Board of Trustees

The Board of the Whistler Public Library is a committed group of people who love libraries and love Whistler. As appointees of the Mayor and Council, Board members work hard with the Library Director and staff to help make our library the dynamic, progressive, and inspiring place it is today. Specifically, the Board, along with the RMOW, has overall fiscal responsibility for the library. The Board’s other primary roles include helping to determine strategic priorities, developing policies, and hiring the Library Director. 

The Board meets on the first Wednesday of each month at 5 p.m. with the exception of June, July, and August, where June is tentative and will be scheduled if needed. Board meetings are “hybrid” meaning they are both in person and virtual.

The WPL Board is operated pursuant to the BC Library Act.

You can now apply to become a Trustee on the Whistler Public Library Board of Trustees!

There are up to three vacancies available, each for a two-year term (January 1, 2024 to December 31, 2025). Applications for Trustee positions can be submitted from August 30, 2023 to September 20, 2023.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Must be a resident or non-resident property owner of Whistler.
  • Must not be an employee of the Resort Municipality of Whistler.
  • Must not be an employee of the Whistler Public Library. 

Application process: 

  • Application packages are available at the Municipal Hall and the Whistler Public Library or you can click here to download the application.   
  • Applications should be submitted no later than Wednesday, September 20, 2023, by 4 p.m. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.
  • Application forms should be sent via email to or dropped off at the Front Desk of the Municipal Hall.

Board Members

Executive Committee

  • Chair: Mike Walsh
  • Vice Chair: Sarene Bourdages
  • Karen Laughland

Governance & Human Resources

  • Chair: Sarene Bourdages
  • Vice Chair: Josie Chuback
  • Gail Banning
  • Thomas Sikora
  • Ralph Forsyth
  • Tina Young

Advocacy & Fundraising

  • Chair: Karen Laughland
  • Sheilagh Martin
  • Ali Blancher

Risk Management

  • Tina Young


  • Thomas Sikora
  • Ali Blancher

Interlink Representative

  • Josie Chuback
  • Alternate: Sheilagh Martin

Friends of the Library Representative

  • Sheilagh Martin

RMOW Council representative

  • Ralph Forsyth

Special Projects

  • Bevin Heath Ansley

Board meeting minutes

Strategic Plan

Our current Strategic Plan (2018 to 2021) outlines the Library’s priorities for the next four years. 

Annual Reports

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