Out On The Shelf is managed by a group of volunteers. Our Board of Directors is made up of a diverse group of individuals, all with varying skillsets and backgrounds that keep OOTS running smoothly.
Jesse is currently working part time as a group fitness instructor and as a call center agent. She currently lives in Guelph with her partner and their dog. Jesse has been volunteering for Out on the Shelf for the past 2 1/2 years and has served as a board member for 2 of those years. She started out volunteering at the library, she has always had a huge passion for books, especially classic feminist sci-fi. As chair for the 2018-2019 year Jesse hopes to use her long experience with OOTS to to work closely with the LGBTQ+ community to help expand OOTS' most needed services and resources.
Tati became involved with Out on the Shelf to help support an organization that fit their values and interests. They have taken various courses at Conestoga and Durham Colleges in human sexuality and social work, and is interested in travel, music, and LGBTQ+ rights. As Library chair, Tati hopes to help promote the same passion for the LGBTQ+ community .
CJ moved to Guelph in 2016 from Scarborough and immediately fell in love with the energy and vibe of the city. A long time gamer, tech nerd and foodie - she spends most of her time on social media trying to find a new tech craze or recipe. She graduated from York University's Labour Relations program and University of Ottawa's BEd program. As a high school teacher, CJ has been working with LGBTQ+ youth to help support mental health, pathways and by connecting them to resources they need. As a Filipino-Chinese Canadian, she spends time working with other marginalized POC populations and educating others about intersections and experiences of POC (people of colour) in both the contexts of LGBTQ+, Feminism and Educational Settings.
Sam started with Out on the Shelf in May 2018 and organizes programs, workshops, seminars, and social events. He graduated from University of Guelph's Studio Arts Program and hopes to have all programming questions sent to him!
Jenaya is very excited to meet and help LGBTQ2+ people in her community. She is a passionate vegan who loves Esther the Wonder Pig. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph and is currently working on her Master's at UoG. Her research interest is bail in Ontario.
Madeline was initially attracted to OOTS by its beautiful, queer library. As a practicing librarian and member of the LGBTQ+ community, she is excited about the role that OOTS can play in connecting members of the community with information and each other. In her spare time Madeline likes to create radical embroidery, read speculative fiction, and challenge capitalist/patriarchal norms. She also enjoys sharing the company of her four animal co-inhabitants, two cats and two dogs!