OPL Board appoints Tara Wong as new CEO

Oakville Public Library’s Board of Directors recently appointed Tara Wong as Chief Executive Officer, effective November 26, 2018.

“Ms. Wong brings a diverse skillset, dynamic experience and great passion to this role – she is the perfect fit,” says Councillor Jeff Knoll, chair of the library’s Board of Directors. “I’m confident in her ability to continue to advance OPL’s strategic direction, and further strengthen OPL’s reputation as a leader among other world-class library systems.”

A notable professional in the Canadian library industry, Wong previously held management positions at Regina Public Library and Ottawa Public library before joining the OPL executive team in 2014. She currently holds the position of Director, Innovation and Integration.

In her four years at OPL, Wong built strong relationships with community partners, including the Town of Oakville, implemented modern technological advancements to improve operational efficiency and introduced a new programming model to better serve the thriving and diverse Oakville community.

Wong was also the driving force behind the wildly popular ‘Creation Zone’ at the Iroquois Ridge Branch, and describes herself as a true advocate for embracing technology and innovation in public libraries:

“I’m motivated to turn innovative ideas into reality, and I am excited to continue to empower community connection in Oakville by pushing the boundaries of what is typical for a public library.”

Wong holds an undergraduate degree from University of King’s College and a Masters in Library Science from Dalhousie University.

OPL’s Board of Directors would also like to take this opportunity to thank retiring CEO, Lynn Horlor, for her quality and admirable leadership during the past two plus years.

Appointed Acting CEO in August 2016, and then CEO in March 2017, Horlor successful managed several dramatic changes with the demeanour of a seasoned and skilled executive.

Highly respected by her staff, the Board and the community at large, Horlor will retire at the end of the year after serving over 31 years in public service for the Town of Oakville and OPL.


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