Mentoring Committee

The Ontario Library Association Mentoring Committee works hard to offer numerous different programs and services to the OLA members. 

They strive to link working professionals with students, new graduates and other library staff interested in a career in libraries and related fields through the mentoring matching program, they run the career services area and programs on site at the OLA Super Conference, as well as provide other tips and helpful links for you along your career path on their site.

Visit the OLA Mentoring Committtee web site to find out more about the committee and the programs/services they offer.

Committee Members


Andrea Cecchetto, Markham Public Library (Committee Chair)
Karen McGrath, McGrath Mentors (Committee Past Chair)
Pat Chan, Emerging Tech Librarian
Samantha Dillane, Caledon Public Library
Yvonne Patch, Hamilton Public Library
Dayna Debenedet, Leeds and Thousand Islands Public Library
Kailey Brisbin, University of Guelph
Crystal Bergstrome, Bracebridge Public Library
Beckie MacDonald, Oshawa Public Libraries
Erika Pavkovic, Hamilton Public Library
Larysa Essex, Toronto Public Library
Kanta Kapoor, Milton Public Library
Anne Marie Sisti, Retired Teacher Librarian


Ex-Officio: Melissa Macks, Ontario Library Association

The OLA MentorMatch program strives to link working library staff with students, new graduates and other library staff interested in a career in libraries and related fields. Mentoring involves one person providing support and guidance to another, helping them manage their own learning and development. Mentoring is a relationship rather than a management activity, providing a safe and non-judgemental environment in which to learn. The mentoring relationship has rewards for both partners. Find out more about MentorMatch here . 

Applications for the Fall session are NOW OPEN. Registration closed on September 16, 2022. Matches will be confirmed by the first week in October. The new session will start in October 2022.



For any questions about the program, please contact