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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 Tetrault (she/her), Chair of The Board

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.

CJ Lopez (she/her) , Marketing and Communications Chair

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.

Madeline Donnelly (she/her), Volunteer Coordinator

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!

Lori Guest (she/her), Pride Co-Chair

Jasper Smith (they/them), Pride Co-Chair

Graham lockhart (he/him), finance chair

lindsey thomson (She/her), fundraising chair


Duties Maintain and organize a quality collection of queer (LGBTQ+) themed literature and audio-visual resources with the assistance of volunteers on the library committee 
Attend all board meetings, fundraisers, and related events 
Maintain a collection of sufficient quality for lending to both individual patrons and institutional (interlibrary loan) partners 
Organize and assist in fundraising efforts in collaboration with other chairs 
Seek out and implement the best available technologies to aid with circulation of library materials and the management of a patron database 
Ensure the privacy and security of patron data 
Work with the Volunteer Chair to coordinate hours of operation and training for general volunteers and committee members 
Promote OOTS events and services to the community at large 
Liaise with partners and potential partners within the City of Guelph to build and maintain partnerships


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Duties Schedule monthly board meetings 
Distribute meeting materials to other directors in advance of monthly board meetings 
Attend every monthly board meeting and take detailed minutes 
Maintain organizational paperwork 
Check organization’s email 3x per week (at minimum) 
As an executive director, secretary will be a signing authority (i.e., one of three people responsible and available for signing the organization’s cheques) 
Assume responsibilities of the chair in the case of their absence


Out On The Shelf Inc.

email: info@outontheshelf.com

Out On The Shelf continues to play a very active role in Guelph’s Queer Community with over 130 active members and over 30 volunteers. We continue to grow as an organization and as a resource centre and strive to create a safe, inclusive, and diverse space for all members of the community.

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