Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees

The Barrie Public Library is governed under the Provincial Public Libraries Act by a nine member board appointed for four years by City Council. The Board is made up of representatives from the public, City Council, and the Public and Catholic school boards.  

The Board's role is to:

  • provide overall policy direction in order to position the library as a community partner
  • advocate on behalf of the community for adequate funding to deliver library services
  • ensure that good management practices are followed

Ray Duhamel

Chair

Ray has served on the Barrie Public Library Board since 2006, and was elected Chair in 2014 and Vice-Chair in 2010 and 2011. This new term will be filled with exciting milestones for the library. Planning library services for the annexed lands and underserviced areas in Barrie such as Holly will be priorities during this term.

Ray believes that the library plays an important social and cultural role within the City. He looks forward to making a positive contribution to ensure that the Barrie Public Library’s services are utilized and enjoyed by all residents.

Ray can be reached at rduhamel@jonesconsulting.com

Rosslyn Junke

Trustee

Rosslyn ‘Roz’ Junke was raised in St. Catharines and attended Queen’s University spent many hours in the University’s Douglas Library. For many years, Roz had the pleasure of working in marketing and communications in book publishing, connecting authors and illustrators with their reading public, the media, bookstores and libraries. Her two children reintroduced her to the joys of the public library in both Peterborough and Barrie.

A resident of Barrie's east end since 1999, Roz currently works for the United Way of Greater Simcoe County as Campaign Manager. Previously, she worked for the Learning Disabilities Association of Simcoe County where her publishing experience served as a reminder that everyone deserves to learn to read and write and to be provided with the necessary tools to succeed.  Roz sees the Library as an essential community hub. She is delighted to have been a part of the dedicated team of volunteers and staff who worked hard to expand the library’s reach into the south end with the building of the Painswick Branch.

Roz is a big supporter of Hospice Simcoe, Barrie Soccer Club and Steele St. Public School.

Roz can be reached at rosslynjunke@gmail.com

Austin Mitchell

Trustee

Austin was appointed to the Board of Trustees in early 2016. As a resident of Barrie since 2009, he has been a regular patron of the library, a tradition he shares with his wife, Jenna, and son, Jonas. He has wanted to give back to the community in an active way for several years, and the Library, a service he regularly enjoys, was where he wanted to focus his contributions. Austin looks forward to ensuring the community’s library needs are met for many years to come.

Using the extensive knowledge he has gained relating to Not for Profit and Municipal organizations during his career, Austin will help ensure the library excels as its community continues to grow.

Austin can be reached at austin_mitchell87@yahoo.ca

Sergio Morales

Councillor Representative

Sergio is the councillor of Barrie’s Ward 9, and a Councillor Representative on the Barrie Public Library Board of Trustees.

Raised in Barrie’s north-east end and now representing the growing south-east, Sergio considers himself an ‘all-Barrie resident’ with deep roots in our community. He understands both the rich history that this town owes its past to and the exciting future this city is heading towards.

As a member of the Barrie Public Library Board & the councillor where the Painswick Branch is located, Sergio hopes to bring his energy, bold ideas, and vision to ensure that our library network, in both old and new Barrie, become a thriving community hub for all to enjoy.

Sergio can be reached at Sergio.Morales@barrie.ca

Rose Romita

Councillor Representative

Rose is the Councillor Representative for Barrie's Ward 2 and was appointed to the Barrie Public Library Board in 2016.

Rose can be reached at rose.romita@barrie.ca

Michael Sauro

Trustee

Michael was born in London, Ontario and attended the University of Western Ontario earning a double Honours degree in Political Science & History. He worked in Leadership Development and Transitional services for the University focusing on students entering their first year of post-secondary. Michaels' post-graduate studies were in the field of Human Resources and he continued his career working in labour relations and human resources roles.

Michael's hobbies include politics, finance/stocks and he is an active film enthusiast.

Michael has been a resident of Barrie since 2007 and is thankful for the opportunity to serve the City on the Board of Trustees.

Michael can be reached at mgsauro@gmail.com

Michael Werenich

Trustee

Born and raised in Barrie, Michael has a keen interest in the development of the City of Barrie and the needs and wants of its residents – particularly the needs of patrons of the library. Being a product of the elementary and secondary public school system, Michael has used the Barrie Public Library from an early age at its old location on Collier Street beside City Hall. Spending many hours inside the Barrie Public Library and Innisdale Secondary School library, he found a fascination for the library books and love of learning.  Indeed, "learning never stops."

Michael is looking forward to continuing the love of learning and creating a welcoming environment for all patrons. He’s looking at future development and moving to expand and meet the needs of all citizens in Barrie to gain access to the wonderful service of the Barrie Public Library.

Michael can be reached at mrwerenich@hotmail.com