The Library Foundation was created in 1999 to provide an opportunity for individuals, businesses and foundations to participate in building a library system for today and future generations.
More than a century ago, Annie Davidson and founding members of the Calgary Women’s Literacy Club stirred our city to action and secured the public and financial support to build the first library. They saw the library as an investment for their families and generations of Calgarians that would follow. Andrew Carnegie’s donation of $80,000 in 1908 helped to build this library and lives as a legacy of one of Calgary’s first large philanthropic gifts.
The Calgary Public Library Foundation is proud of these entrepreneurial roots and we are pleased to carry on this work today. Funds raised by the Foundation do not replace the Library’s core funding, but enhance collections, programs and services. Through the generosity of our donors, we can help ensure that knowledge, information, programs and services are accessible to all Calgarians.
President and Chief Executive Officer
As a former member of the Executive Leadership Team and long-time staff member at the Calgary Public Library, Ellen is proud of the positive impact the Library has on the lives of Calgarians of every age, ability, ethnic origin and financial capacity.
Prior to joining the Library Foundation in September 2017, Ellen held various roles at the Library, including Manager, Human Resources, Manager, Customer Services and Interim Chief Executive Officer. As Deputy Chief Executive Officer, she provided leadership, direction and focus for partnership development and volunteer resources, acted as a liaison with the Library Foundation and was a support for the Calgary Public Library Board.
Brent is inspired by the Public Library’s ability to help all Calgarians to achieve their potential. Brent believes in the power of possibilities and that the Library Foundation is at a unique time to lead in building a great city. His past work experience includes science centres, museums, and national partnership development at Imagine Canada.
Director, Corporate Operations
As one of the original employees of the Library Foundation, Joan has had the pleasure of seeing the organization grow. In addition to managing the Library Foundation’s finances and human resources, Joan is part of the Executive Team and manages the Impact Team. Previously, she worked in the CEO’s Office at the Calgary Public Library, but her checkered past includes everything from radio DJ and cemetery worker to legal assistant.
Director, Strategy & Support
Born and raised in Vancouver, Tracy came to Calgary to attend university and stayed because she enjoys the city so much. She joined the Library Foundation in 2013 and has held a variety of roles that have made her an integral component of the team and the go-to person for the Add In Campaign. As the Director of Strategy and Support, Tracy leads the Communications and Events Team and works closely with all areas of the organization.
Director, Community Partnerships
Elizabeth is passionate about Calgary city-building and the transformation of the East Village. Prior to joining the Library Foundation, she was an integral part of the team responsible for building partnerships and philanthropy for the new National Music Centre. With more than 20 years’ experience in industries including communications, marketing, sales and business development, Elizabeth brings a wealth of knowledge to the team.
Director, Donor Relations
Christine grew up in Calgary and has been a passionate supporter of the Calgary Public Library since discovering Dr. Seuss! As the Director of Donor Relations, Christine ensures that donors are connected to the areas that matter most to them and are aware of the impact of their gifts. Prior to joining the Calgary Public Library Foundation, Christine was a seasoned financial services professional who worked for RBC Investor Services, Royal Trust and RBC Bank.
Grants & Stewardship Officer
Born in Ternopil, Ukraine, and raised in Calgary, Dmytro identifies as a life-long learner and devotedly embraces the opportunity to enhance his city’s public library system. He believes that libraries, as institutions of research and enrichment, hold the key to brighter personal and social futures for all.
Manager, Enterprise & Impact Giving
Originally from Ontario, Dan’s mom inspired his love of reading at an early age. Upon arriving in Calgary, his first stop was at the Library, where he registered for a card. Previously, he worked for the Donnée Group and Brock University as well as with BlackBerry, Ticketmaster and Canada Basketball. In his role at the Library Foundation, Dan manages impact giving projects like Direct Mail, librarystore.ca, raffles and many more!
Samantha is the resident whiz of the Library Foundation’s database. Among her other duties, she manages incoming donations, provides support for Direct Mail Campaign and processes orders made through the Library Store. Outside of office hours, Samantha is a talented seamstress who creates her own costumes and is the proud owner of Miss Ursa, a rambunctious dog and a cat named Rinoa.
Gloria is the creative vision behind the Library Foundation. With a keen eye for detail and the ability to communicate an array of materials visually, she ensures that the Library Foundation is seen as relevant, important and appealing to Calgarians. Always up for a creative challenge, Gloria enjoys brainstorming and working as part of a dynamic team. She is a lover of art, design and musicals.
As a born and raised Calgarian, Rachael grew up visiting the Library and credits her love of reading for her decision to work in communications. In addition to developing proposals and materials for the Library Foundation, she curates content for internal and external audiences and is responsible for the voice of the organization. Rachael never tires of hearing people’s library stories, and working on the Add In Campaign has highlighted the many ways that the Library not only changes people’s lives, but contributes to a better Calgary.
Denise Da Costa
Coordinator, Leadership Giving
Denise is excited to be a part of the action with the New Central Library and Calgary’s Public Library system. Though her family moved frequently when she was young, Calgary is the city she thinks of as home, and now she is thrilled to have the opportunity to work on the Calgary Public Library Foundation’s team and contribute to her city in whatever way she can.
Lead, Campaign & Events
Alexandra is a graduate of Ryerson University with a background in event management. She believes libraries like the New Central Library are vital to the quality, diversity and vibrancy of life in a global city. She is thrilled to be a part of the fabulous team working to usher in this historic chapter in the story of Calgary’s libraries.