Evonne Delegarde is the new chair of SD&G Library Board

South Dundas Mayor Evonne Delegarde. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News
Library Board Chair Bill McGimpsey, at the Sept. 6 meeting. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

Bill McGimpsey remains a member of the SD&G County Library Board through the current political term, ending in autumn 2018. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

CORNWALL — The book has closed on Bill McGimpsey’s 10-year chairmanship of the SD&G Library Board, with Evonne Delegarde accepting the role last night.

The outgoing North Stormont deputy mayor told Nation Valley News that it was always his intent to step down as chair in the New Year. His replacement by the Mayor of South Dundas was made official during the board’s Jan. 19 meeting in the County Council Chambers in Cornwall.

McGimpsey has overseen the board in a challenging decade that has seen the online era mature and deliver more and more content into people’s homes without need for paper or physical bricks-and-mortar library buildings.
A round of rural library closures last year angered some communities and put McGimpsey in the crosshairs of local criticism. But those headlines were displaced by the Upper Canada District School Board’s blockbuster proposal to close local schools.

“I just felt it was time,” says McGimpsey of his decision to relinquish the chair, adding he is “satisfied” with the board’s accomplishments in the last 10 years.

McGimpsey, who recently relocated to Cornwall from Moose Creek, has previously announced he will not seek reelection in North Stormont in 2018 — though he remains eligible to do so by retaining some property in the township.
He will remain a member of the library board for the rest of the term.

Beyond the SD&G Library, County Council observers expect a substantial turnover of faces at the Pitt Street Council Chambers after 2018. Like McGimpsey, North Dundas Mayor Eric Duncan has also declared this term as his last. It’s believed that some others are preparing to follow the duo’s example.



Above, the SD&G Library Board has released this image of the board members, including new Chair Evonne Delegarde, at their most recent meeting. In addition to presiding over board meetings, the chair acts as a link between the Library CEO/Director and the Library board, according to the accompanying press release, which also points out that the chair must be elected from among the board membership, as stated in the Public Libraries Act, RSO 1990, c. P.44. The board meets ten times a year, usually on the second Thursday of the month. Meetings are open to the public and a full schedule of meeting dates and locations for 2017 can be found online at the SD&G Library website.


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