We are excited to share some exciting updates over here at the BC SRC Team! We are thrilled to announce that Kate Wood is the new BC Summer Reading Club Provincial Assistant. Kate’s name might be very familiar to you all as a former YAACS Chair and the Outgoing BC SRC Co-Chair for 2024. She will now be joining us in an official capacity and working closely with the BC SRC Coordinator, Stephanie Usher, and the Co-Chairs and Manual Content Creators.

We would also like to take this time to thank the amazing and brilliant Sabrina Gurniak, who was the interim BC SRC Provincial Assistant. Sabrina was responsible for getting the Manual formatted and the variety of online activities found on the BC SRC website this summer.

With Kate taking the reins of the Provincial Assistant role, we are incredibly fortunate to welcome Gen Zichy from the Pemberton and District Public Library to the BC SRC Team as a new Co-Chair. Gen will be joining Larissa Clotildes and Victoria Ellis from Prince George Public Library to round out our Co-Chair team.

So without further ado, here are the updated SRC Co-Chair bios.

Gen Zichy

Representing the Pemberton and District Public Library, located on the unceded territory of the Líl̓wat Nation.

A photograph of Gen Zichy sitting on a chair in the Pemberton and District Library

Hi! I’m Gen, I am the Senior Library Assistant at the Pemberton and District Public Library. I’m originally from a small island off the coast of South Australia, but came to Canada for one winter season in Whistler back in 2007 and am still here!

I love the BC SRC program, it is something I look forward to each year and it has become one of our most popular programs here at the library. My favourite thing about SRC is the time we spend interacting with our SRC members and the lasting connections we create. The enthusiasm and dedication for the program from our participants really fills my heart!

I am thankful to work on the Unceded Territory of the Líl̓wat Nation and I am proud to serve the Líl̓wat Nation, other St̓át̓y̓emc communities, and all peoples.

Victoria Ellis

Representing the Prince George Public Library, located on the traditional and unceded ancestral lands of the Lheidli T’enneh

Photograph of Victoria Ellis

Hello! I’m Victoria and I’m a library assistant in the youth department at the Prince George Public Library, which is located on the traditional and unceded ancestral lands of the Lheidli T’enneh. I can’t wait to share my love of literacy, reading, and bookie adventures with everyone! The Summer Reading Club is very near and dear to my heart. The opportunities for youths to share and learn from each other during the program, all while being creative, is something truly special. When I’m not cooking up ideas as co-chair you’ll find me kayaking in the Central Interior, gaming, or nose-deep in a good book.

Larissa Clotildes

Representing the Prince George Public Library, located on the traditional and unceded ancestral lands of the Lheidli T’enneh

A photograph of LarissaHi, I’m Larissa and I am the Community Engagement Librarian for Youth at the Prince George Public Library in Prince George, situated on the unceded ancestral territory of the Lheidli T’enneh people. I have worked at the PGPL for over a decade and in over half-a-dozen different positions, including a period as a Library Assistant in youth services, during which time I ran the Summer Reading Club at PGPL. After a few years away from children’s programming to have a baby, finish my MLIS, and begin my librarianship career as the PGPL’s Community Engagement Librarian for Adult, I am thrilled to have returned to children’s and family programming. My areas of interest include language and literacy development, sensory environments, and sustainable programming strategies.