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.
Originally from Alberta, Edward is proud to call Guelph his adopted home. He is entering his third year as a mature student at the University of Guelph and is working towards completing a double major in Political Science and Criminal Justice and Public Policy. Edward has ambitions to pursue law school and eventually work in the public sector. Edward joined Out on the Shelf in May 2016 and continues to contribute his time and energy with the organization to make our city an even more welcoming and inclusive community. As, Chair, Edward provides general oversight and leadership to the Board of Directors. In his spare time, Edward enjoys biking, hiking and cinema.
Jesse is currently in school for Library Technician and working full time. Her passions include fitness and reading any classic sci-fi she can get her hands on. Her hope is to contribute to the Out On the Shelf organization by making the library a welcoming and resourceful place.
Born in Toronto, but raised in Mount Forest Lisa recently moved to Guelph to settle down and enjoy all the amazing things Guelph has to offer. Lisa is a successful real estate agent with TrilliumWest Real Estate Brokerage who has a passion for helping people and loves being in involved with the community. With over 10 years’ experience in corporate sales and management Lisa is our Treasurer. Lisa looks forward to working with her board and being of service to the amazing LGBTQ+ community in Guelph.
Emma is new to Guelph as she and her wife recently relocated here after spending the past year in Victoria, British Columbia. She has an undergraduate degree in English and French and is working towards a Post Graduate Certificate in Communications Management. Emma joins OOTS with experience in fundraising, marketing, and financial management and she is looking forward to putting down roots and continuing to get involved in the Guelph community. As Fundraising Chair, Emma hopes to increase the organization's funding through grants, donations, and other fundraising activities in order to expand both the library and all programs to better serve Guelph's dynamic LGBTQ+ community.
Originally from out East, Jon has lived in Southern Ontario and Michigan and is thankful to live in the beautiful city of Guelph. Jon has a diploma in Hotel Management and also in Gerontology, as well as a Masters of Education degree. Jon brings over 15 years of Volunteer and Human Resource Management experience to his position as Chair of Volunteers. He plans to provide support and encouragement to all volunteers with the hope that their experience with OOTS can be a meaningful experience. In his spare time, Jon enjoys all kinds of outdoor, self-propelled activities including canoeing and winter tent camping.
Born into a military family in Victoria, British Columbia, Shayne is proud to call Guelph his home of 8 years. He has completed coursework in his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in addition to other coursework at Mohawk College in Accounting. Bilingual in both French and English with a minor Spanish background, he has had the opportunity to live in many communities such as Kingston, Hamilton, and Washington, DC, USA. Shayne also serves as the Executive Director of Plastic Free Guelph, a group of peers dedicated towards making Guelph plastic free! Serving as Chair of Guelph Pride 2018, he is looking forward to having the ability to build on the last 14 successful years of Guelph Pride and contribute many ideas to make 15 bigger!
Eugene, born and raised in Guelph has enjoyed this lovely city for the entirety of his life. He studied nanoscience and biological engineering at the University of Guelph and now works at the University as an outreach and project coordinator. When he’s not working, he enjoys keeping busy playing boardgames, playing sports (ultimate Frisbee, baseball, beach volleyball, karate), reading and trying new things.
Eugene joined Out on the Shelf to become more involved in the LGBTQ+ community. As the programming chair, Eugene promotes different programs and events and provides support to partner LGBTQ+ organizations in Guelph.