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

Thomas Sandor, Idea Exchange (Cambridge Public Library Board (Committee Chair)
Andrea Cecchetto, Markham Public Library (Committee Past Chair)
Pat Chan, Emerging Tech Librarian – Richmond Hill Public Library

Erika Pavkovic – Hamilton Public Library
Yvonne Patch, Retired Public Librarian
Dayna Debenedet, Confederation College
Crystal Bergstrome, Bracebridge Public Library
Beckie MacDonald, Oshawa Public Libraries
Janice Mutz, Lakehead University
Larysa Essex, Midland Public Library
Anne Marie Sisti, Retired Teacher Librarian
Jacqueline Kreller-Vanderkooy – University of Guelph
Alannah Metherel – Legislative Assembly of Ontario

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 Spring 2023 session are NOW OPEN. Registration closes on February 21, 20223. Matches will be confirmed by last week of February. The new session will start in March 2023.



For any questions about the program, please contact