RDPL Board & Policies

Red Deer Public Library is governed by a board made up of one representative from City Council and 9 members of the public.

To contact the board, please email the Board Chair (chair@rdplboard.org, opens a new window), or write to 4818 - 49 Street, Red Deer, AB, T4N 1T9.

Interested in becoming a Red Deer Library Board Member? Visit the City of Red Deer's website to "Apply to a Council Committee, opens a new window" and click on Library Board.

Current Board Members

  • Shelley Odishaw (Board Chair)
  • Councillor Dianne Wyntjes 
  • Gabriel Beck
  • Nancy Batty
  • Valdene Callin
  • Jerry Moore
  • David Murphy
  • Brian Quigg
  • Sabrina Samuel
  • Laura Thevenaz

Board Meetings

Nine regular Board meetings are held each year, standing recessed in July, August, and December, with the Executive Committee acting on behalf of the Board during these three months. Meetings are generally held on the last Wednesday of each month.

Did you know? Board Meetings are open to the public! Currently, Library Board Meetings are being held virtually. Any members of the public who wish to attend an upcoming board meeting can contact chair@rdplboard.org, opens a new window to attend the meeting online. Meeting link will be sent out via email. 

Board Meeting Minutes


Provide a welcoming environment where everyone will discover, share, develop, and value our public library.


Enrich lives by promoting literacy and providing access to knowledge and culture.

Values (Approved by the Library Board, May 2010)

What we do:

  • We provide information, resources, tools, programs, and services.
  • We support intellectual freedom by opening the world of information to all in our community.
  • We provide our customers with a wide variety of free resources that are fun and/or useful and/or engaging.
  • We make technology and other tools available to assist customers in finding the information and resources they want or need.
  • We deliver and/or co-sponsor a wide variety of interesting and informative programs and services for our customers.

What we value:

Learning and Literacy

We are committed to:

  • Fostering enthusiasm for learning.
  • Assisting our customers to find information and resources that are important to them.
  • Supporting and building literacy in our community.
  • Encouraging the professional growth and development of our staff.
  • Discovering opportunities for innovation in the workplace and in our professional practices.
  • Learning about and using existing and new technology to help the organization meet its mandate.

Access and Inclusion

We are committed to:

  • Identifying and removing barriers to information, facilities, programs, and services.
  • Building, renovating, and maintaining facilities that are accessible to all.
  • Making our information, programs, and services readily available to everyone in the community.
  • Using technology to expand what we do and how we do it.
  • Maintaining a strong web presence that extends our reach in the community and beyond.


We are committed to:

  • Using a community development model to ensure we are meeting the needs and interests of our customers and stakeholders.
  • Collaborating with and supporting a variety of community groups.
  • Providing leadership in the quest for a greener and more sustainable community.


We are committed to:

  • Building trust through honest communication.
  • Making meaningful connections with our customers.
  • Ensuring that our processes and decisions are open.
  • Working well together within the organization.
  • Supporting our staff and volunteers.


We are committed to:

  • Creating an environment in which customers have fun and enjoy what we offer.
  • Building a positive and energetic work environment for staff and volunteers.
  • Creating opportunities for staff and volunteers to have fun as they work.

The Arts

We are committed to:

  • Providing our customers with exciting and accessible opportunities to experience and learn more about the literary, performing, and visual arts.


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