MPL Board & Key Contacts

Mission statement

The Milton Public Library empowers the community to: Read. Learn. Create. Connect.


Milton Public Library Board

The Milton Public Library Board meets seven times yearly and is:

A formal policy-setting group that exists to set goals and objectives to meet the community's public library needs

A seven-member Board, consisting of two Councillors and five community representatives

Appointed by Milton Town Council at the beginning of each new Council term

Accountable to Milton Town Council for the operations of Milton Public Library, and Council has line-by-line control over the annual budgets

A governance Board established by the Ontario Public Library Act, and takes its fiduciary, short and long-term planning and policy development responsibilities seriously. The Board delegates the appropriate authority to staff, through the CEO / Chief Librarian, to run the library system and achieve the planning and financial goals set by the Board

The current Milton Public Library Board is made up of the following members:

Sana Malik (Chair)

Sana Malik

Sana Malik is a Senior Manager with KPMG’s Internal Audit, Risk and Compliance practice. With more than 20 years of broad-based experience in both private and public sectors, She has demonstrated experience in successfully managing and executing audits, consultations, risk assessments and forensic investigative work in large and complex environments. Malik also performs examinations and objective appraisals of the adequacy, efficiency and effectiveness of financial, management and systems controls to identify key risk and improvement areas. Within the community, She is a Public Member on the Audit Committee of the Halton District School Board. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) degree from McGill University, is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and holds a Certification in Control Self-Assessment (CCSA).

She has been living in Milton since 2015 with her husband and two kids. They have been frequenting the Main Street Library for many years and have seen how it has evolved over the years. As an MPL Board member, She hopes to support the Milton Library in reaching its strategic objectives, connecting with the community and creating a safe space for our growing and diverse community.

Sibyl Shen (Vice Chair)
Sibyl Shen
Sibyl Shen is a CPA, CA with over ten years of experience in auditing, financial reporting and taxation. She came to Canada as a first-generation immigrant. Libraries played a vital role in her study and have acted as a bridge to the local community where she participated in community programs that promoted literacy, culture and lifelong learning. As a member of the Milton Public Library Board, she hopes to contribute to the strategic plans of the library and make more people benefit from the MPL programs.

Councillor Colin Best

Colin Best

Councillor Colin Best is a lifelong resident of Milton and works locally as an independent property appraiser valuing residential properties for various lending institutions and other purposes.

In the community, he has been involved with a number of organizations including the Milton Jaycees, Rotary Club, Air Cadets, Milton BIA, Chamber of Commerce, Milton Santa Claus Parade Committee and various Parents’ Councils at local schools that his children have attended.

He was first elected in 1980 as a local councillor for Ward 2 which at the time included all the urban area. He served on a number of local council committees and was elected to Regional Councillor from 1994 to 1997.

In 2006 he was elected to be the local and regional councillor for Wards 2 & 4, and in 2010 and 2014 he was re-elected to represent the new wards 2,3,4,5 north of Derry Road and serve on multiple regional and community committees.

Ragy Sharkawy

Ragy Sharkawy

Ragy Sharkawy and his family called Milton home since 2008, and they have loved every moment of it. The transformation they have seen in the Town over the past 15 years has been incredible, and he is humbled by the opportunity to serve the growing, diverse and vibrant community through the Milton Public Library Board. 

Growing up, and particularly during his undergraduate years, libraries provided an invaluable and consistent space to study, research, and collaborate with colleagues. With a background in Engineering, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA), his professional career over the past 20 years has been in the aerospace industry, with various roles of increasing responsibility in project and program management. Currently, he works at Collins Aerospace as a Program Director.  He also serves on the Board of Directors at St. George & St. Abanoub (SGSA) Coptic Orthodox Church, in Milton, as well as on the school council at Holy Rosary School.

He and his wife are blessed with two wonderful children who love reading and activities that draw on their creativity. They are frequent visitors to the Milton Public Library system and its programs and are fortunate to have a library that is within walking distance from their home. He is looking forward to playing an active role in the continued growth of libraries for the entire community to enjoy.    

Karen Wolnik

Karen Wolnik

Karen Wolnik joined the Milton Public Library when she and her husband moved to Milton in 2009. She has a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree in Engineering as well as a Master of Business Administration (MBA).  In her professional career, she has worked in the Ontario energy industry for 17 years, particularly in project management and business development.  She has served on several industry committees and volunteered as a Board member for a local non-profit organization. As a mother of two and an avid reader, she values lifelong learning and is thankful for the MPL staff, facilities, and services. She looks forward to supporting continued growth with an emphasis on diversity and sustainability.

Councillor Rick Malboeuf
Rick Malboeuf
Rick was born and raised in Quebec and moved to Ontario in 1980. Rick is 72 years of age, married to Brenda, is the father of four, grandfather of four and great-grandfather of three. Rick and Brenda have lived in the same home in Milton for 36 years. Rick owns and operates a small automotive equipment supply company and has served Milton both as a local and regional Councillor for 18 years. He is currently the Halton Regional Councillor for Milton Ward 2. Rick has a military background having served 3 years in the US Army between 1967 and 1970 which included two combat tours in Vietnam. Rick is a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Milton branch 136.

Councillor Sarah Marshall
Sarah Marshall
Since 2010 Councillor Sarah Marshall has been licensed with the Law Society of Ontario and currently practices personal injury law at Leone Murray LLP, serving the GTA and surrounding communities.

Throughout her life, libraries have provided her with a place to study and conduct research, as well as a place to meet friends. The traditional notion of a library as a quiet place has been replaced with the modern concept of the library as a central location encouraging the community to get involved. As a member of the Milton Public Library Board, she hopes to encourage further new concepts within the library and increase resources in the library that will be used by the Milton community.

Sarah and her husband have lived in Milton since 2013 and are currently raising our two children in this vibrant community. her sons have been engaged with MPL's programming from a very young age and have always enjoyed our trips to the library to pick out books. 

How do I join the MPL Board

How do I join the MPL Board?

Town Council makes citizen appointments to various committees and boards, including the Milton Public Library Board.  For details on how to apply, please click on the following link: Board Vacancies and How to Apply

Board Meetings

Board Meetings

Board Meetings are usually held on the third Wednesday of the month, in the months of January, March, May, June, September, October and November. The latest approved minutes are available in Adobe Acrobat format. PDF File

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Meeting Date Documents
20 September 2023 Agenda
6 July 2023 Agenda
8 June 2023 Minutes
17 May 2023  Minutes
22 March 2023 Minutes
13 March 2023 Minutes
22 February 2023 Minutes
18 January 2023 Minutes
5 December 2022 Minutes
16 November 2022 Minutes
21 September 2022  Minutes 
15 June 2022 Minutes 
25 May 2022 Minutes
30 March 2022 Minutes
19 January 2022 Minutes
17 November 2021 Minutes
20 October 2021 Minutes
15 September 2021 Minutes
16 June 2021 Minutes
19 May 2021 Minutes
31 March 2021 (Special meeting) Minutes
17 March 2021 Minutes
20 January 2021 Minutes
19 November 2020 Minutes
22 October 2020 Minutes
23 September 2020 Minutes
17 June 2020 Minutes
20 May 2020 Minutes
22 April 2020 Minutes
15 January 2020 Minutes
11 December 2019 Minutes
20 November 2019 Minutes


Key Contacts

Key Contacts

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  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - Interim - CEO & Chief Librarian, (905) 875-2665 ext. 3259
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - Director, Customer Experience, (905) 875-2665 ext. 3256
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - Director, Employee Experience, (905) 875-2665 ext. 3232
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Branch Manager - Main (905) 875-2665 ext. 3260
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - Branch Manager, Sherwood (905) 875-2665 ext. 3352
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. -  Branch Manager - Beaty (905) 875-2665 ext. 3290
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - Manager, Marketing and Communications, (905) 875-2665 ext. 3236
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - Manager, Finance (905) 875-2665 ext. 3255
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. -  Chief Diversity Officer, (905) 875-2665 ext. 3295