I was utterly dumbfounded to read the refusal of council to allow Gayle Rondeel to hold a voluntary position as a board member for the Library. There was no reason given, which leads myself and others to suspect that this is a personal judgement made by some council members.
Presently, the library board is short three members and at no other time has a person’s application needed to be voted on by council, if they are recommended by the librarian and the CEO, both of which Gayle was. The requirements are that the person be interested in the public’s good and in literature and books; both of which Gayle is.
I feel there is some personal vendetta against Gayle as her track record for every committee she has been on shows excellent results; i.e.: Farmers’ Market, soccer association, etc. I should think a forward thinking council would be only too glad to have her in a position like this. And you don’t have to pay her or have a headhunter go after her to take the position.
Editor’s note: The library act states council appoints board members when it is a municipal library involved. The appointments of the members of municipal boards shall be made on the date fixed by council. Any vacancy arising from any cause must be filled by council as soon as reasonably possible for council to do so. Libraries Act Section 5, 1 and 2.