Staff and Board

Board of Directors 2020-2021

Sheila Forster President
Janet McLean-Senft Treasurer
Angela Inskip Secretary
Kristy Smith Director
Jenna Robins Director
Christa Schneider Director

LASS Employees

Thomas Briginshaw, Literacy Outreach Coordinator

Thomas moved to the Shuswap from London, Ontario in 2018 to help launch the Salmon Arm Innovation Centre, Powered by SASCU. This colourful building was host to several new business startups, countless Makerspace courses, and some of the best patio night views in the city.  Soccer, dancing, and trivia competitions are a few of Thomas’ hobbies. He is excited to continue building people’s confidence and skills through volunteerism, educational opportunities, and community connections and looks forward to connecting and positively impacting our local region!

Sierre Allison, Assistant Literacy Outreach Coordinator and Cyber Seniors Program Facilitator

Sierre loves exploring the outdoors with her family and discovering the fantastic hiking and cross country skiing opportunities in the Shuswap. On days when the weather is uncooperative Sierre can be found with a stack of books, rediscovering favourite childhood authors with her son. Having worked in the advertising and creative departments of community newspapers for over ten years, Sierre enjoys creating marketing material for LASS, and spreading the word about programs and volunteer opportunities that LASS offers.

Terra Stephenson, Children’s Programming Coordinator

Terra grew up in Salmon Arm, and has always been passionate about education. She has a degree in Elementary Education from UBC, and worked with LASS for the first time in 2012 as a teacher in the Coyote Cafe program. She then moved to Vancouver in 2015 to get married, but moved back to the beautiful Shuswap with her husband in 2017 to enjoy this amazing town. Terra enjoys being active in our community, and regularly takes part in programs at the library, and also participates in dance at Just For Kicks studio. She is passionate about literacy education for people of all ages, and is enthusiastic about the opportunity to bring the magical world of books into people’s lives as the Children’s Program Coordinator for LASS.

Ellen Zilkie, Spread the Word Book Bin Assistant

Ellen enjoys gardening. She works hard to keep all of the Spread the Word Book & Magazine Exchange bins cleaned, filled, and organized every month. Ellen also enjoys finding special children’s books to put in the bins at the various family programs.