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Our Colleague Lisa Latimer

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It is with great sorrow that the Prince Rupert Public Library acknowledges the death of our beloved and esteemed colleague, Lisa Latimer, on Sunday January 9th 2022, of cancer. Lisa worked at the library for over sixteen years and made a huge contribution. She was dedicated to patron service and respectful interactions with all. Always an early adopter of new technologies, she helped colleagues and patrons alike navigate the rapidly changing IT landscape. She loved promoting the library and developed strength in graphic design, coming up with an e-newsletter, posters, brochures, and reports, all with her characteristic vibrant touches. A strong and proud member of the Nisga’a Nation, she mentored library staff in understanding her culture, and spearheaded the library’s endeavours towards Reconciliation and support of Indigenous peoples. Her particular interests in self-help books, sobriety, healthy living, and support for Indigenous people overcoming residential school and other trauma resulted in a strengthening of those areas in the library’s collection. As a member of the Health and Safety Committee, she worked tirelessly to ensure our goals to those ends were met. And she was the “Queen of the Positive Message”, always with a catchphrase to help boost other people's self-esteem. She is dearly missed by the staff and patrons of the library.

Photo, from left to right: Lisa Latimer, Joe Zelwietro (Chief Librarian), Robert Pictou (Host and producer of Open Connection, CFTK-TV)