Planning Team

A joint effort of The Alberta Library, Parkland Regional Library System, Peace Library System, and Yellowhead Regional Library, Stronger Together came together in March 2020, as libraries were closing and library conferences everywhere were being cancelled.

A virtual event from start to finish - the Stronger Together conference has been planned and delivered entirely from a distance. In fact, several of the planning team members have never met in person!

The first conference exceeded all our expectations, with over one thousand people from around the world taking part in the event. Our team learned a lot about how to facilitate meaningful learning opportunities in a digital space, and we are excited to apply those lessons to the Stronger Together 2021. 

The planning committee would like to thank their directors and CEOs for their ongoing support of Stronger Together. They would also like to thank the libraries and library staff in the regional library systems they serve for being enthusiastic and willing participants in this venture.

We look forward to meeting you at Stronger Together 2021!
Haley Amendt (Smiling)

Haley Amendt (she/her)
Parkland Regional Library System

Haley joined the Parkland team in 2018 and loves working with libraries as they connect with their communities and provide a magical service. She is enthusiastic about community advocacy and engagement, dynamic library services, and strong transparent leadership!

Cole Boychuk (they/them)
 The Alberta Library

Cole has worked at TAL in two capacities—first as a licensing assistant in 2019, and now supporting TAL with their technical expertise. They have a love for connectedness and resource sharing that they are excited to share with libraries across Alberta. .

Cole Boychuk - they/them

Olya Korolchuk (she/her)
Parkland Regional Library System

As a Consultant Librarian with PRLS, Olya collaborates with libraries throughout central Alberta on projects including policy development, community engagement, and facility management. 

Jessica Knoch (she/her)
Yellowhead Regional Library

Having worked and led in learning and development roles in academic, public and regional libraries, Jessica has a passion for and a keen understanding of what library staff need in order to find success in their roles. 

Jennifer Laskosky (she/her)
Yellowhead Regional Library

Jenn is a recent MLIS graduate and began working as a consultant librarian for Yellowhead Regional Library this past summer. She is passionate about accessible library services, community engagement, and reading as much as she possible can. 

Renée LeBlanc (she/her)
The Alberta Library

Renée has been with TAL since 2011. Renée helms TAL's financial ship with her accountant's eye for detail and deep knowledge of TAL's vision, mission, and values. She is a CPA, CMA, enjoys reading, spending time with her family, and exercises more than the rest of the team combined. 

Brian Lin (he/him)
The Alberta Library

Brian works with TAL's membership to share resources. He loves working with the amazing library staff across Alberta and Canada to come up with creative solutions to further enhance library service throughout the province. Ask him about Loom.

Emma Stewart (she/her)
Peace Library System

Emma has been a consultant librarian with Peace Library System since 2015. She hails from the Maritimes and her passions include digital literacy, communications and outreach, rural library services, and gothic fiction.

The planning team would like to thank Ben Ehlers, formerly of Yellowhead Regional Library, for his contribution to the development of the 2021 conference.