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TBM council praises outgoing library CEO

New library CEO Jennifer Murley will start with The Blue Mountains Public Library on Dec. 4
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Dr. Sabrina Saunders, the CEO of The Blue Mountains Public Library the past six years, worked her last day with the town on Nov. 30.

The Town of The Blue Mountains has said farewell to its long-time library CEO.

Dr. Sabrina Saunders last day as the CEO of The Blue Mountains Public Library, a position she's held for the past six years, was Nov. 30.

It was a busy day, as Saunders attended a joint meeting between the library board and town council for a presentation about library usage and the need for a future expansion of the facility.

At the conclusion of the meeting members of council and town staff congratulated Saunders for her tenure with the town and thanked her for her hard work at the library.

Dr. Saunders said she enjoyed her time with the local library.

“It’s been a privilege to work here for the community of the Town of The Blue Mountains,” she said, noting that she had served as CEO with three different councils and library boards. “I’m very impressed with the work that is happening in a relatively small community.”

Saunders said the library is a special place for local residents and called it a “beacon across the country.” She also urged the town and the library to continue working together.

“Our successes at the Blue Mountains Public Library are your successes as the funder of the Blue Mountains Public Library,” she said. “Thank you so much for letting me serve our community for the six years that I have been present here.”

Members of council and town staff praised Dr. Saunders for her excellent work and first-rate leadership.

“Your work and the vision you brought to the town, like you said, put us on the map,” said Deputy Mayor Peter Bordignon. “From a little disorganized when you came, to running it like a well-oiled machine.”

Councillor Gail Ardiel said Dr. Saunders “turned our library around.”

“You have worked very hard. The three councils that you have been here through have really appreciated the work you’ve done,” said Ardiel. “I really can’t say enough about you.”

CAO Shawn Everitt thanked Dr. Saunders for her efforts.

“On behalf of town staff, I really want to thank Dr. Saunders for her expertise and willingness to collaborate. It’s been fantastic,” he said.

New library CEO Jennifer Murley will start on Monday, Dec. 4. The library is hosting a “meeting the CEO” drop-in event at the library on Thursday, Dec. 7 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

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About the Author: Chris Fell, Local Journalism Initiative reporter

Chris Fell covers The Blue Mountains and Grey Highlands under the Local Journalism Initiative, which is funded by the Government of Canada
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