Whitehorse Public Library Board

The Whitehorse Public Library Board is composed of up to seven community members appointed by the Minister of Community Services. The board advises the Director of Public Libraries on the delivery of library services at Whitehorse Public Library, including collections and programs.

The board also advocates for the library and gathers community input on library services. If you would like to send your comments or suggestions on library services to the WPL Board, please email whitehorse.library@gov.yk.ca.

If you are interested in joining the Whitehorse Public Library Board, please submit an application to the Boards and Committees Secretariat.

Board Members Profiles

Dr. Aynslie Ogden

I have lived in the Yukon for the past 15 years. During this time, I have been involved in leading and coordinating research. I presently work in the Executive Council Office as Yukon Government’s Senior Science Advisor.  I am also a member of the Adjunct Faculty at Yukon College, and am registered with professional associations in B.C as a forester, agrologist and biologist.  My husband Scott and I are the proud parents of two six year old boys. In our free time, my family of avid readers enjoys skiing, camping and travelling together, as well as spending time at our cottage in Haines Junction.

Melissa Madden

Libraries are my favourite public space because they are great social unifiers, offering equal access to information and technology for anyone that seeks it. I love going to libraries, no only to borrow items, but to experience the diversity of my loca community. As for my favourite items to borrow: I almost always have a Lonely Planet travel book checked out to help me with my next adventure. I also love cookbooks, new fiction, and imperfect books with well-broken in spines because it means they have a good history.


Genevieve Chabot

As far back as I can remember, I have loved books. Their smell, their covers, the way they are neatly (or not) arranged on bookshelves. Growing up in a family of readers, some of my earliest memories are of me reading French cartoons under my pillow after lights out. Although I have moved on to other genres such as classics, contemporary fiction, biography and psycho-pop, I still feel the same excitement when cracking open the spine of my next literary find. It is perhaps not surprising, then, that the first thing I did after moving to Whitehorse in 2013 was to get my library card. It is an honour for me to now sit on this Board.

Donkrison Moore

Since arriving in Whitehorse, I have been a frequent visitor to the Whitehorse Public Library both at its old location in the legislative building and its new location. Along with the selection of books, the library has served as a great meeting place for reading groups, a place of interaction for residents and as a resource for those interested in the capital's history. I look forward to working with the board and staff in ensuring that residents, as well as visitors, have continued access to reading material in a community friendly environment.

Linda Guy

I'm relatively new to the Whitehorse community, I was delighted to discover our beautiful library overlooking the Yukon River. Some of my most pleasurable moments have been sharing favourite books with my three sons (now young adults) and discussing books with friends. Ensuring accessibility to books and information for all our citizens is vital to our community’s health and vibrancy. I am truly honoured to serve on the Whitehorse Public Library Board. In addition to reading, in my spare time I enjoy exploring my new Yukon home with my husband and learning about its cultural and natural history. I like to hike, canoe, cycle and cross-country ski and have enjoyed watching the progression of seasons during my first year here.