Board of Trustees

The Library Board sets strategic priorities, develops policies, oversees programs, and presents the budget to City Council.

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Meet the Trustees

Surinder Bhogal (Chief Librarian & Secretary of Board)
Surinder Bhogal is Surrey’s Chief Librarian, acting as the chief administrative officer for Surrey Libraries and reporting to the Board of Trustees. She is responsible for planning, leading and delivering a broad range of library services to meet the evolving needs of Surrey residents. Surinder also sits on the City of Surrey’s senior management team. She began her career in Surrey Libraries in 1997 after immigrating from London, England. Having worked in many Surrey neighbourhoods over the years, Surinder is familiar with the diverse range of needs in the City and makes it a priority to deliver responsive library services to residents in one of Canada’s fast growing cities.

Stanley Chang (Vice Chair)
Stanley Chang is the Executive Director, Deposit Insurance at the Financial Institutions Commission and CFO of the Credit Union Deposit Insurance Corporation of British Columbia. He holds an MBA from Athabasca University along with Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) designations. Stanley is also a director of the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia (CPABC).

Greg Down
Greg Down is an Operational Shift Manager at NAV CANADA’s Area Control Centre in Newton, which provides air traffic services to the Vancouver Flight Information Region. Greg has held a variety of operational and support positions within air traffic control as well as management roles in Surrey and Ottawa. A particular area of focus of Greg’s has been operational risk management and human factors. He holds an MBA from Simon Fraser University and lives in Surrey with his family.

Michael Kendler
Michael is a graduate of the University of Toronto Law School, a partner in the firm of McQuarrie Hunter LLP and a past member of the firm’s management committee. His practice includes real estate development, corporate and commercial work. Michael has been a director of Options Community Services Society since 1989, previously served as board chair, audit committee chair, member of the finance committee and is currently chair of the constitution and by-laws committee. He is also a director of Habitat Housing Society and a founding member of The Arbutus Support Council, sponsors of a Syrian refugee family in Surrey. Michael has lived in Clayton since 1981.

Seline Kutan
Seline Kutan heads up marketing, fund development and community relations at Abbotsford Community Services. Seline has an extensive background in non-profit management, governance and policy support work, as well as in communications and public relations, where her career originated. A graduate of Simon Fraser University, Seline is a life-long learner with certificates in non-profit management and marketing communications from BCIT as well as a certificate in business writing, public relations and marketing communications from SFU. Seline has volunteer experience serving on the board of non-profits as well as supporting the charitable sector through governance consultation. Seline believes the library system is vital for an equitable and just society where everyone has access to learning and information. In addition to being an avid reader, Seline enjoys making beautiful music with Soundscape Acapella Chorus.

Perbeen Mann
Perbeen Mann is an Associate Lawyer with the Government of Canada. She is a member of the Law Society of British Columbia and the Law Society of Alberta. Perbeen has participated in various volunteer committees and is currently a member of the PPSC National Employment Equity & Diversity Committee. Perbeen also volunteers as a Governing Council Member with the Association of Justice Counsel (AJC), a membership that represents approximately 2700 lawyers employed in the federal service. Perbeen is committed to advancing a learning environment that fosters a sense of community and equitable access to library services for all Surrey residents.

Neelam Sahota
Neelam Sahota is the Chief Executive Officer of DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society, a community serving organization specializing in the settlement of new Canadians in the Fraser Valley region. Her passion lies with creating community impact through resource connections, innovative economic drivers and values-based community partnerships. She is an active community volunteer and was the recipient of the 2014 Surrey Board of Trade Women in Business Award in the Not for Profit Leader category. Neelam is an alumni of Simon Fraser University and holds a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation. Neelam is an avid supporter of libraries having worked in libraries herself and seeing first-hand, the enrichment that libraries provide as a vital community resource.

Karen Reid Sidhu (Chair)
Karen Reid Sidhu is the Executive Director with Surrey Crime Prevention Society. She is a senior business development professional with a focus on community engagement and marketing public safety. With over 25 years’ experience spearheading projects within the private, public and not-for-profit sector Karen has achieved superior results and managed successful community campaigns. She is a graduate from the University of British Columbia, Sauder School of Business in Sales and Marketing Management with a designation as a Certified Marketing Executive. Karen and her family have been Surrey residents for over 23 years.

Dave Woods (Council Representative)
A resident of Surrey since 1986, Dave served with the RCMP for 43 years, the last 15 years were at Surrey Detachment, and 8 as the District Commander in Cloverdale/Port Kells. Dave is the former Vice-Chair of the Options Community Services Society Board of Directors and worked with community partners to establish a homeless facility in Cloverdale. He has been involved with the Cloverdale Business Improvement Association and Surrey Board of Trade. He is a member of the Cloverdale Legion, Cloverdale Rotary Club and Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce. Dave received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002, was recognized as Police Officer of the Year in 2006 by the Surrey Board of Trade and was awarded Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Commemorative Medal in 2012. In November 2014, Dave was elected to Surrey City Council.