Markham Public Library Board
Markham Public Library operates under the terms of the Public Libraries Act. The Library is governed by the Markham Public Library Board which consists of three members of Council and 12 citizen volunteers appointed by the City of Markham Council for a four year term. Our Library Board members represent a broad spectrum of interests and professional backgrounds to ensure the library serves the entire community.
The Library Board meets monthly from September to June, usually on the 4th Monday of the month. Library Board meetings are open to the public.
Alick is an IT professional and long-time resident of Markham. He has significant volunteer experience in business and education communities and most recently for the Unionville Resident Assoc. and the Markham Art Council.
Margaret McGrory, Vice Chair
Former VP, Executive Director, CNIB Library. Prior to this, a VP at the Toronto Stock Exchange and a Director at The Toronto Star. Resident of Unionville, Markham for over 25 years.
Iqra Awan has a background in human resources and is a professional makeup artist who runs her own business in beauty products.
Raymond Chan is the Manager of Government and Stakeholder Relations at CAA Club Group of Companies and brings over 15 years of government, communications and public affairs experience to the library board. He resides in Markham Village with his family.
Edward Choi is a barrister and solicitor practicing law at Metcalfe, Blainey & Burns LLP, a local law firm in Markham. A resident of Markham and an MPL member since 1995, he holds degrees in law and business
Deputy Mayor Don Hamilton
Don Hamilton is the Deputy Mayor of Markham. He has lived in Markham for 50 years and enjoys working for all Markham residents.
Ben Hendriks is the Past-Chair of the Board and is currently the Chair of the Ontario Library Board Association. He is also an active volunteer in the Indigenous community. Ben is the Quality Assurance Specialist at Ontario Trillium Foundation.
Councillor Keith Irish
Keith Irish, Ward 1 Councillor, City of Markham. Keith is a 30-year resident of Markham’s Ward 1. It is here that he raised a family, operated a business and volunteered and he feels privileged to represent the residents of Thornhill.
Councillor Andrew Keyes
Andrew Keyes is the Ward 5 Councillor for the City of Markham.
Anthony Lewis currently works for the Revenue Services Division for the City of Toronto. He has lived in Markham for 3 years and is currently pursuing his CPA Designation.
Pearl Mantell is a retired secondary school English teacher and Guidance Counsellor. One of the first things she did when moving to Thornhill in 1977 was get a library card, believing that libraries are critical to the well- being of individuals and the greater community.
Lillian Tolensky is a retired teacher-librarian from the YRDSB. She has been an active resident of Markham for the past forty years.
David Whetham is a 20+ year resident of Markham. He worked in the financial industry as a portfolio manager for several institutions. He is currently a part time instructor, teaching courses on investing.
Jay Xie is the Manager of Government Relations at the Art Gallery of Ontario. He and his family have lived in Markham for over 15 years.