Letter from the Editor
Spring is the start of a new year at IBBY Canada, and this season has seen a number of changes that I’m excited to share with you!
A new slate of officers is now in place on the board of directors, a change that came into effect after our Annual Meeting of Members on February 27. Sheila Barry, publisher of Groundwood Books, has stepped into the role of President. As well, Mary Beth Leatherdale has taken on First Vice-President, and Rob Bittner has joined as Regional Councillor West. Welcome, all! From everyone at IBBY Canada, I’d like to thank Shannon Babcock for her leadership and guidance as President for the past two years and for her dedication to the organization. Shannon will remain on the board as Past President. Thank you also to Nafiza Azad, outgoing Regional Councillor West. You can view the full slate of new officers here on our website.
Another change we’re seeing this year is to the Joanne Fitzgerald Illustrator in Residence Program. This fall, the program will move to Edmonton Public Library. We plan for the residency to return to Toronto Public Library every other year, and in alternate years to be hosted by a library system in another part of the country.
Here’s to a wonderful year ahead!
– Katie Scott, Newsletter Editor