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Happy Canada Day: Welcoming newcomers

9 A conversation circle

We’d like to wish everyone a happy Canada Day, especially newcomers to Canada who are celebrating with us for the first time.

We’re pleased to announce that we’ve received a grant of $20,470 from the Immigration Partnership Council that we’ll be using to host English conversation circles for Syrian newcomers, beginning this fall. The grant funding will be used to pay for translation services, new resources,  and bus tickets for participants.

On June 24, Premier Kathleen Wynne visited Central Library and met with six local Syrian families for a private conversation circle of their own.

With an Arabic translator on hand, Premier Wynne said “We want you to fell welcome, and we want you to feel that you have opportunities.”

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Meet Mary Chevreau

Mary Chevreau Headshot

As of this week, we have a new Chief Executive Officer heading up Kitchener Public Library. We’ll let Mary Chevreau settle in a bit before we bombard her with questions, but here’s a little information about our new leader:

Mary is a library consultant and the founder of MEC Consulting, and has worked with public libraries to improve customer experience, programs and collections, and to integrate e-content.

Before starting her own business, she served as Vice President of North American Sales for a total of eight years at Innovative Interfaces and Innovative Enterprises, which create and support library systems. She was also a key player in the creation of the Public Library Directors’ Symposium.

In addition to a long history of leadership and business experience, Mary has demonstrated a commitment to Kitchener Public Library.

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