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 seven citizen members and two City Councillors.  

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

Austin Mitchell

Chair

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.mitchell@barrielibrary.ca

Michael Sauro

Vice Chair

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 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 michael.sauro@barrielibrary.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@barrielibrary.ca

Keenan Aylwin

Councillor Representative

Keenan is the City Councillor for Ward 2 in Barrie. He grew up in Barrie and now lives in the heart of Downtown. He is a community activist, avid library-user and has worked as an urban farmer. Keenan is excited about the future of libraries as inclusive spaces to bring people together and build a much-needed sense of community.

Keenan can be reached at keenan.aylwin@barrielibrary.ca 

Robin Munro

Trustee

Robin Munro is a musician and the founder of the Barrie Jazz and Blues Festival.  In addition to his position on the Barrie Public Library Board, Robin is currently the chair of an Advisory Committee for Georgian College and sits on the guild for the Sibbald Point Provincial Park museum. Robin is also a member or chair of several committees and boards of directors in Simcoe County, and Committees of Council for the City of Barrie.

Robin can be contacted at robin.munro@barrielibrary.ca 

Angela Wiggins

Trustee

Angela is a lifelong resident of Barrie and has always been an avid user and fan of the library. She is excited to be involved in the Barrie Public Library Board and to encourage other Barrie residents to visit the library and see that it has much more to offer than just books.

 Using the experience and knowledge she has as a labour and employment lawyer, Angela will work with the Barrie Library Board to ensure that the library continues to be a strong pillar of Barrie for many years to come. 

Angela can be reached at angela.wiggins@barrielibrary.ca

Jocelyn Martin

Trustee

Jocelyn is an on-air host and Music Director for Rock 95 and Kool FM here in Barrie. In her role, Jocelyn gets to talk to the community and program the music on these radio stations. Jocelyn has been in the position for almost four years and is really enjoying becoming a part of our great community. She loves living in Barrie and is really excited to be starting her role on the Board of Trustees for the Barrie Public Library.

Jocelyn can be reached at jocelyn.martin@barrielibrary.ca 

Michelle Rao

Trustee

Michelle Rao manages a Georgian College program in partnership with eight area school boards connecting students and teachers to the college pathway. With a background in marketing and communications, she moved to Barrie to work in local television news as a reporter and anchor. Michelle first connected to the Barrie Public Library as a volunteer in the Circle of Readers program.

Michelle can be reached at michelle.rao@barrielibrary.ca      

Tara Clarke

Trustee

Tara can be reached at tara.clarke@barrielibrary.ca