Library Board Trustees

Eric Guernsey (Chair)

Eric Guernsey has an extensive background in strategic communications and community engagement in both the government and not-for-profit sectors. He served for nearly a decade as the Senior Advisor to Oshawa's Member of Parliament and currently manages communications for a provincially funded not-for-profit research organization based in Oshawa. Eric has served on the Board of the Oshawa KICKS soccer club as Oshawa's Ward 3 representative, on the Durham Regional Police Community Council, and on the Whitby Chamber of Commerce Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility Committee. He was appointed as a Library Trustee in 2018 and served as vice-chair of the Board from June 2019 until he was elected Chair of the Board in January 2023. Eric is concurrently serving as Councillor for East Central Ontario on the Ontario Library Boards' Association, representing Public Library Boards in his region at the provincial level.   

Elizabeth Jamischak (Vice-Chair)

Elizabeth Jamischak is a seasoned consultant who has worked with dozens of organizations on their Continuous Improvement initiatives through EZSigma Group and with non-profits in developing their Strategic Plans and executive recruitment. With a background in classical music, she has used her experience as a performance artist to also help her clients develop their facilitation and leadership skills.

As a Board Director, Elizabeth has served as the President & Chair of Community Development Council Durham, Vice-Chair of the Oshawa Public Libraries, Director of Clarington Concert Band, Trustee of BridgeNorth Women’s Mentorship & Advocacy Services, and was appointed as a Trustee for Lakeridge Health.

Elizabeth attended Wilfrid Laurier University, is a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, and is passionate about continuing her education and skill development. She holds memberships with the Institute for Corporate Directors (ICD), the Project Management Institute (PMI), and is a former member of Women Get on Boards. She is an advocate for her community, has been a candidate in the 2018 and 2022 municipal elections, plays in local concert bands, is a host for the ICD Peer Networking Group for NFP Board Chairs, and is a volunteer leader for women in their 20s and 30s at her church.

Councillor Tito-Dante Marimpietri

Director, Oshawa Public Library | City of Oshawa
Chair of Economic Development Services Department | City of Oshawa
Alternate Deputy Mayor | City of Oshawa
ViceChair of the Public Works Department | Region of Durham
ViceChair of The Port of Oshawa Working Group | Oshawa
Member of Finance and Administration Department | City of Oshawa
Commissioner of Durham Region Transit System | Region of Durham
Director of Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority Board | City of Oshawa and Region of Durham
Director of Parkwood Heritage Foundation Board | City of Oshawa
Director of the Oshawa Folk Arts Council Board | City of Oshawa
Official Delegate AMO Association of Canadian Municipalities | Region of Durham and City of Oshawa
Official Delegate FCM Federation of Canadian Municipalities | Region of Durham and City of Oshawa
“Dedicated to Serving our Community”

Mark Ashcroft

Mark Ashcroft is retired from the Toronto Fire Service having served just shy of 32 years. Prior to joining the Library Board, he served on a variety of different Boards including: the Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, OSCC55+, Lakeridge Health, and Durham Access to Care.

James (Jim) Clapp

James (Jim) Clapp is a lifelong Oshawa resident who has been involved in the community through sports (as a player, coach and executive—mainly hockey and softball) and his work as a Trustee at Lakeridge health.

Jim is a Chartered Accountant, CPA, CA, articling with Deloitte's and with over 40 years in progressive roles at the Regional Municipality of Durham, the last 21 years as the Region of Durham's Commissioner of Finance and Treasurer, overseeing many fiscal changes and challenges. 

Sacha Fabry

[Biography coming]

Andrew Holmes

Andrew Holmes grew up in Whitby and has lived in Oshawa for the past 10 years with his family. Andrew holds a mechanical engineering degree from Queens and is serving his first term as a Trustee of the Board. In his spare time, Andrew helps coach his sons' hockey teams and has come to appreciate the essential role libraries continue to play in people's lives.

Kathryn McMillan

Kathryn McMillan has lived in Oshawa for the past 13 years with her husband and two daughters. She works at Seneca Polytechnic, where she is a manager of an academic support department that is within the Library and Learning Services division. As an avid, lifelong patron of public libraries, Kathryn recently obtained her Master of Information (Library Sciences) from the University of Toronto. She also has a Master of English from the University of Guelph. Kathryn joined the Oshawa Library Board to help contribute to building an equitable, diverse and inclusive public library. She is pleased to be able to contribute to the development of her local community.

Marco Osso

Marco Osso is the VP, Human Resources at Tulip, a global software provider for retail store transformation. He graduated with a university degree in History and a post graduate degree in Human Resources. Marco has been a Board Member of non-profit organizations for over 7 years and is a mentor for Toronto Metropolitan University's Business MBA program.

Alexander Parkin

Alex is new to the Library Board but no stranger to volunteering with the community: spending a term with Community Living Oshawa/Clarington on their Governance Committee, delivering a financial literacy program to elementary school children with Junior Achievement Canada, and also volunteering with Future Possibilities For Kids as a “Kid Coach” since 2019.

As a lifelong resident of Oshawa, Alex has sought to keep the streets and public spaces clean of litter. 

Carolyne Willoughby

Carolyne Willoughby is a retired professor from the Early Childhood Education program at Durham College. As an avid reader, the library has always been an important place. Time is spent between Oshawa and a cottage by the lake, another great place for reading.

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