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St. Albert Public Library is governed by a Board of seven volunteer trustees. Trustees are appointed by City Council for a 3-year term, with a 2 term maximum. The Board governs the Library under the authority of the Alberta Libraries Act.

The Board meets at 7:00 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month from September through June. Board meetings are open to the public. Anyone wishing to attend an upcoming board meeting can contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to attend the meeting.

For more information, please contact Peter Bailey, CEO, St. Albert Public Library at 780-459-1681 or pbailey [@] sapl.ca

Library Board Members 2022

William WellsWilliam Wells

Chair. Bill mov​ed to St. Albert in 2013 and is honoured to be able to contribute to the community as a member of the Library Board. Bill also volunteers with the Community Refugee Committee of St Albert and the North Saskatchewan River Valley Conservation Society.  Libraries, their programs and services, are a cornerstone of a democracy and Bill hopes that his diverse experience in the management of provincial NGOs in Alberta and Saskatchewan, instructor/lecturer at the universities of Alberta and Regina as well as his experience as an elected official and a library board member in Saskatchewan will strengthen his contribution.

Colleen McClure

Colleen McClure

Vice-chair. Colleen has lived in St. Albert with her family since 1993 and is honored to have the opportunity to serve the citizens of St Albert as a member of the Library Board. In 2016 Colleen retired from full-time employment as an Associate Superintendent of Schools and is currently employed part-time as a consultant, tutor and academic coordinator. She believes public libraries play a major role in democratic societies in fostering literacy, providing universal access to knowledge and information and nurturing lifelong learning. Colleen is keen to work in collaboration with others to support the St. Albert Public Library as a welcoming, dynamic place of discovery and engagement for all community members and visitors.

Meagan DechaineMeagan Dechaine 

Meagan moved to St. Albert in 2019. She and her family love attending the library to read together and to access the children's reading programs with her elementary school aged kids. Meagan currently works with the YMCA of Northern Alberta as a human resource professional. An avid volunteer, she has spent many hours volunteering for the Edmonton Public Library and is excited to have the opportunity to contribute to her community by serving on the Library Board.

David HlokoffDavid Hlokoff

David has practiced as a Registered Nurse since graduating from the University of Alberta in 2013. As an advocate for eliminating barriers to health equity, he is grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the Library Board, where ensuring access to education and information can contribute to that goal.  David is a lifelong lover of literature and all the services public libraries provide.

Dawn KawaharaDonna Kawahara

Donna (Dawn) has lived in St. Albert since 2007. She is a Registered Dental Hygienist for Alberta Health Services, has a Masters Degree in Health Leadership, and is a small business owner in St. Albert. Donna is a single parent who values the library and all it offers. Currently she is co-chair of St. Albert Cultivates the Arts Society, Vice President of St. Albert Photography Club, volunteer photographer for Zoe’s Animal Rescue, and is an LGBTQ+ ally and member of PFLAG.

Julie Mann-JohnsonJulie Mann-Johnson

Julie Mann-Johnson is the Director for Field Education at the Faculty of Social Work with the University of Calgary. She has been a social worker for 25 years and has enjoyed living in St. Albert since 2005. Julie is particularly interested in how libraries become spaces where community comes together in various stages of life. She, her husband, and young adult daughters have enjoyed St. Albert Public Library in various and evolving ways over the years.

Deborah McTaggart-BairdDeborah McTaggart-Baird

Deborah moved to St. Albert with her family in 2004 and the library was one of her first visits. She retired in 2020 as Manager, Volunteer Resources at the Cross Cancer Institute, which included operation of the Patient and Family Resource Centre. Deborah is passionate about the role libraries play in empowering people from all walks of life, and believes they are fundamental in building strong communities. She feels fortunate to serve on the Library Board to support the role of this important community hub.