OLA Cultural Diversity & Inclusion Committee


To initiate, advise and mobilize support for action plans related to issues of cultural diversity in libraries within Ontario including recruitment, advancement and retention of underrepresented groups in libraries. The OLA Cultural Diversity and Inclusion Committee reports to the OLA Board of Directors.

Committee Members

Charmaine De Castro, Sinai Health and Toronto Public Library (Chair)

Jennie Hamilton, Hamilton Public Library (Vice Chair)

Shernett Bennett, Humber College (Secretary)

Victoria Yang, CBC 

Valentina Ly, University of Ottawa

Suzanne Fernando, Toronto Public Library

Sadaf Ullah, Unity Health Toronto

Allyson Aritcheta, Toronto Public Library

Jamila Hastick, Carleton University


Ex-Officio Members
Lily Kwok, Ontario Library Association

Resources created by the OLA Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Lean on Me: Networking and Mentoring amongst Culturally Diverse Library Professionals, presented at OLA Super Conference 2021

Learn more

Read the Group’s Terms or Reference or contact Lily Kwok for more information