Canadian Library Association/Association canadienne des bibliothèques Announces New Executive Director

OTTAWA, Jan. 8, 2014 /CNW/ - The Canadian Library Association / Association canadienne des bibliothèques is pleased to announce the appointment of Valoree McKay to the position of Executive Director.

Ms. McKay, a resident and native of Ottawa, comes to CLA/ACB with a strong background in national association leadership and management with an emphasis on advocacy, strategic planning, fundraising and membership development. Her experience includes executive directorships with the Canadian Association of Physician Assistants and the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians. She has also worked for the Canadian Lung Association. Ms. McKay has also been an active volunteer with such organizations as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa, and the Ottawa International Jazz Festival.

"CLA/ACB is thrilled to have Ms. McKay join our team in the role of Executive Director", said CLA/ACB President, Marie DeYoung. "We believe that the experience and qualities that Ms. McKay brings to our organization is exactly what is needed to lead CLA/ACB through the challenging times ahead. The CLA/ACB Executive Council looks forward to working closely with her."

"I am delighted to join CLA/ACB in my new role," stated Ms. McKay. "I am looking forward to advocating on behalf of CLA/ACB and collaborating with library communities across Canada on issues of importance to them and on building partnerships with and within those communities."

Ms. McKay was selected after a nation-wide search. She has a Baccalaureate of Arts from the University of Ottawa, is certified by the Canadian Society of Association Executives and is fully bilingual. Ms. McKay will assume her position on Monday, January 27, 2014. One of her first duties will be to attend the Ontario Library Association Conference January 29-Feb 1, 2014. This will be immediately followed by the first meeting of the 2014 CLA/ACB Executive Council to be held at Ryerson University on Feb 2-3, 2014.

The Canadian Library Association/Association canadienne des bibliothèques (CLA/ACB) is the national voice for Canada's library communities, representing the interests of libraries, library workers, and all those concerned about enhancing the quality of life of Canadians through information and literacy.
For more information, please visit www.cla.ca.

SOURCE Canadian Library Association (CLA)

For further information:

Marie DeYoung, CLA President, 902-420-5532 marie.deyoung@smu.ca
Barbara Clubb, CLA Interim Executive Director 613-232-9625 x306 execdir@cla.ca
Geraldine Hyland, CLA Member Services Manager, 613-232-9625 x301 ghyland@cla.ca

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