MPL Board & Management

Mission statement

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


MPL library board group photo

From Left to Right: Matthew Fabian, Councillor Kristina Tesser Derksen, Maggie Chan (retired May 2020), Chair Sarah Marshall, Councillor Sameera Ali, Omer Amin

Missing from the photo are Vice Chair Margaret Warmels and Board member Paul Hubahib

Milton Public Library Board Bios

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 it 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:

Sarah Marshall, Chair

Sarah Marshall

Since 2010 I have been licensed with the Law Society of Ontario and currently practice personal injury law at Leone Murray LLP, serving the GTA and surrounding communities.

Throughout my life, libraries have provided me 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, I hope to encourage further new concepts within the library and increase resources in the library that will be used by the Milton community.

My husband and I have lived in Milton since 2013 and are currently raising our two children in this vibrant community. My 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. 

Margaret Warmels, Vice-Chair

Margaret Warmels

Born and raised in London, Ontario, I am a graduate of Western University with an Honours BA in History and a Master of Library and Information Science. I spent the early part of my working career with the Etobicoke and Brampton Public Library systems. In my mid-thirties I decided to return to school and earned my Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto and my Masters of Education from Brock University. I have worked for the Halton District Catholic Board as an elementary teacher, Vice-Principal and Principal since 1990. My continuing passions have been early literacy, life-long learning and creating opportunities for children to participate and learn. I look forward to being able to read, learn, create and connect for people of the Milton community. I am an avid runner, canoeist and cottage lover who enjoys every opportunity for outdoor activities.


Councillor Sameera Ali

Sameera Ali

As a communications professional, and now as a mother of four beautiful children, libraries have always been an integral part of my life. Growing up I would always use adventure books to live vicariously and to get away from the everyday mundane.

It is an exciting time to be a Councillor in our vibrant town and this is a responsibility I do not take lightly. Part of this responsibility includes assisting the community with youth mentorship, professional development and engagement. Through my involvement with the library board I hope to get closer to those goals and make a positive impact on our community hubs - aka our modern concept libraries.


Omer Amin

Omer Amin

My first visit to a library was in Montreal when I came to McGill University to complete my B. Eng. Being a young immigrant to this country, the library was invaluable in providing a community hub to study, collaborate in meeting spaces, and find resources and services to learn about my new environment. Since then, I have lived in Mississauga, ON and Seattle, WA, both of which had great library systems and programs that made it easy to integrate, be a lifelong learner, and continuously enable my career. I moved to Milton five years ago and have always been impressed by the amazing library system we have.

As a member of the Board, I will be working to ensure that the library is serving our diverse community and becoming a community hub that all Miltonians can take advantage of and be proud of. In addition, I want to make sure that the Library is continuously evolving and transforming to provide the right services and programs in an ever-increasing digital world.

I would encourage everyone in Milton to visit the library and take advantage of all the programs and services. Whether you are newcomer to Milton, are looking for help with homework and need some quiet space, or are even thinking about starting a small business, the Milton Public Library has beneficial offerings to help you. The Milton Public Library staff work hard to ensure that we meet your needs and we look forward to seeing you there. 

Councillor Kristina Tesser Derksen

Councillor Kristina Tesser Derksen

I was born and raised right here in Milton and spent many happy afternoons throughout my childhood and teenage years at the old Milton Public Library on Bruce Street. At a time when there weren’t many amenities for youth outside the athletic, the library was both a bustling hub to meet with friends, and a quiet place to sojourn with a book.

I was fortunate to spend lots of time at other libraries throughout my post-secondary years: completing lab reports in the library at Humber College, where I completed my diploma to work as a funeral director; studying (often with my dad in tow) in the library at the University of Toronto Mississauga, where I completed a specialist honours degree in history and political science; and finally, researching at the Bora Laskin Law Library at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, from which I graduated in 2012 with a law degree.

After being elected to Milton’s Town Council in October 2018, I find that I’ve come full circle with my appointment to the Milton Public Library Board. I am pleased to be a part of this important work and happy to bring my own family to the library, to experience the community, learning, and fun that the library offers to all visitors. 

Matthew Fabian

Matthew Fabian

I’m a 10-year resident of Milton and proud husband and father of three girls. You’ll most often find me at a gym, a pool, a hockey rink or the kids section of the library. I have a Bachelor degree in Economics and hold CMA and CFA designations. My professional career spans 25 years of management consulting and the last 15 years at BMO Financial Group where I am currently the Head of Customer Analytics and Financial Modeling. I also serve on several industry boards and am a member of the Centennial College School of Business advisory committee. I am a strong believer in life-long learning and the role that the Milton Public Library plays in furthering that goal for all citizens. I am looking forward to contributing to the progress of the Milton Public Library through Milton’s rapid growth, and hope to help drive our strategy of growth, diversity and sustainability.


Paul Hubahib

Paul Hubahib

Born and raised in Toronto and Mississauga, Milton became my home in 2003. Just when the huge growth was taking place. I am a graduate of the University of Toronto with a Bachelor’s Degree in Art and Sociology. My path has taken me to the not for profit / charitable sector working for the YMCA of Greater Toronto managing Employment and Community Programs in Peel Region for the last 26 years. My love for libraries stems back to my childhood where they were a source of wonder and learning. That has not changed. Walking into any Milton Library still invokes those great emotions especially because of their ever increasing impact on the community as a whole. Not only is it still a place of wonder and learning, but now libraries are ways to bring the communities together. I only need to look at my two young daughters, who still run into our local library with excitement and are swept up in the world of literacy and it’s up to me to chase them before I lose them. I really am a firm believer in lifelong learning. I also believe that the library system is an integral part to ensuring that learning opportunities exist. Being selected to the Board is something that I take seriously. And being a Miltonian for the last 17years, I am happy to give back to a town that my family and I love. Just like I did, I encourage all of you to take advantage of what the Milton Public Library system has to offer. You won’t regret it.


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 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
18 January 2023 Agenda
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




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