May 28, 2022

Valoree McKay Named New Executive Director of the Canadian Library Association

From CLA:

Ms. McKay, a resident and native of Ottawa, comes to CLA/ACB with a strong background in national association leadership and management with an emphasis on advocacy, strategic planning, fundraising  and membership development. Her experience includes executive directorships with the Canadian Association of Physician Assistants and the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians. She has also  worked for the Canadian Lung Association. Ms. McKay has also been an active volunteer with such organizations as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ottawa, and the Ottawa International Jazz Festival.

“CLA/ACB is thrilled to have Ms. McKay join our team in the role of Executive Director”, said CLA/ACB President, Marie DeYoung. “We believe that the experience and qualities that Ms. McKay brings to our organization is exactly what is needed to lead CLA/ACB through the challenging times ahead. The CLA/ACB Executive Council looks forward to working closely with her.”

“I am delighted to join CLA/ACB in my new role,” stated Ms. McKay. “I am looking forward to  advocating on behalf of CLA/ACB and collaborating with library communities across Canada on issues of  importance to them and on building partnerships with and within those communities.”

Ms. McKay was selected after a nation-wide search. She has a Baccalaureate of Arts from the University of Ottawa, is certified by the Canadian Society of Association Executives and is fully bilingual. Ms. McKay will assume her position on Monday, January 27, 2014.

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