The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) has announced that the Whistler Public Library Board of Trustees has appointed Mikale Fenton as the director of Whistler Public Library.
Fenton joins Whistler Public Library from North Vancouver City Library (NVCL), where she was the manager of Public Services. Recent projects included implementing the libraries’ pandemic response as well as launching their digital learning space.
Prior to this, she was the Head of Community, Program and Service Development, where she worked to strengthen the relationship between the libraries and stakeholders such as municipal government, local First Nations, the School District. She was one of the primary leads responsible for the NVCL’s priority to honour Indigenous perspectives in library programs and services.
Fenton holds a Master’s in Library and Information Studies from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Non-Fiction / Professional Writing from the University of Victoria.
“I’m really excited Mikale Fenton is Whistler Public Library’s new director,” says Mayor Jack Crompton, “Her experience will be a huge benefit to the library, the RMOW as well as the broader Whistler community.”
“The Whistler Public Library is a special and unique place in our community. The WPL Board was searching for someone who could continue to build upon the work of our former Library Director, Elizabeth Tracy.” says Mike Walsh, Chair of the WPL Board. “There is no doubt in our minds we found the right person in Mikale Fenton who has all the experience and skills we were looking for and will be an outstanding leader and library director.”
“My family and I are thrilled to join the Whistler community. I have been an admirer of Whistler Public Library’s innovative approach to service development for many years. My first priority as director will be to listen and learn from WPL’s outstanding team of staff, trustees and community members, and look for ways to apply my skills and experience to help us continue to grow together,” says Fenton.