Board of Trustees

The Library Board sets strategic priorities, develops policies, and advocates for Library services. The Board also provides governance and financial oversight to the Library.

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Contact the Library Board of Trustees

Phone: 604-598-7300

Library Administration

Meet the Trustees

Stanley Chang (Vice Chair)

Stanley Chang is the Director, CUDIC Operations at the BC Financial Services Authority and CFO of the Credit Union Deposit Insurance Corporation of British Columbia. He holds an MBA from Athabasca University along with Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designations. Stanley served as a director of the Chartered Professional Accountants of BC from 2015 to 2019. Stanley and his family have been Fleetwood residents for over 25 years. 

Simon Cumming
Simon Cumming is the Director, Government and Community Affairs (West) for Canada Post, and has over 30 years’ experience in government and stakeholder engagement in both the private and public sectors. He has a Master's degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, both from the University of British Columbia. Simon is a long-time resident of Surrey and currently lives in Cloverdale with his wife of 28 years, Linda, and a menagerie of various cats and dogs.

Louise Hearty
Louise Hearty is the Director of Access Transit Service Delivery at Coast Mountain Bus Company, where she has been employed for 28 years in various roles throughout the organization. In her current role she is responsible for overseeing the operations of HandyDART including customer feedback, eligibility, and implementing many new initiatives. Louise also volunteers her time in non-profit board positions, and with community organizations in assistance of new Canadians. She is a homeowner and resident of Surrey, living in the Fraser Heights area. 

Marilyn Herrmann
Marilyn Herrmann recently retired as Executive Director of the Surrey Food Bank where she spent fourteen years supporting the community and tirelessly advocating for low income residents in Surrey. She has extensive governance experience having served for ten years on the Surrey Homelessness and Housing Board as well as numerous local, provincial, and national Boards and committees, all focused on improving the quality of the lives of others. Marilyn has been a resident of Surrey for 33 years and is the proud recipient of the 2017 City of Surrey Community Service Recognition Award as well as the "Heart of the City" Lifetime Achievement Award. She is an avid user of the Surrey Libraries’ services and truly believes in its value to connect community and to inspire life-long learning.

Connie Hong
Connie Hong has been an active and passionate advocate for newcomer integration over the last two decades, including as a senior manager at Options Community Services where she was responsible for the oversight of Immigrant Services and Employment Services until her retirement in April 2017.  During her tenure, she initiated and directed numerous programs and events designed to foster intercultural communication among diverse groups and promote community responsibility and inclusion, many of which were in collaboration with Surrey Libraries.  She currently is a member of the Fraser Health Patient Advisory Council and the Fraser Health People and Culture Steering Committee.  Connie is a graduate of Ewha University in Korea with a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

Jack Singh Hundial
Jack Singh Hundial retired from a successful 25-year career with the RCMP in Surrey. He is currently a City of Surrey Councillor and continues to work as an investigator for BC Hydro. Cllr. Hundial raised his family in Surrey and continues to live in Newton. Cllr Hundial is also a Director with Metro Vancouver and Chair of the Agriculture and Food Policy Advisory Committee. Cllr Hundial is a strong supporter for both literature and the arts in Surrey.

Michael Kendler
Michael Kendler is a graduate of the University of Toronto Law School, a partner in the firm of McQuarrie Hunter LLP and a past member of the firm’s management committee. His practice includes real estate development, corporate and commercial work. Michael has been a director of Options Community Services Society since 1989, previously served as board chair, audit committee chair, member of the finance committee and is currently chair of the constitution and by-laws committee. He is also a director of Habitat Housing Society and a founding member of The Arbutus Support Council, sponsors of a Syrian refugee family in Surrey. Michael has lived in Clayton since 1981.

Neelam Sahota
Neelam Sahota is the Chief Executive Officer of DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society, a community serving organization specializing in the settlement of new Canadians in the Fraser Valley region. Her passion lies with creating community impact through resource connections, innovative economic drivers and values-based community partnerships. She is an active community volunteer and was the recipient of the 2014 Surrey Board of Trade Women in Business Award in the Not for Profit Leader category. Neelam is an alumni of Simon Fraser University and holds a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation. Neelam is an avid supporter of libraries having worked in libraries herself and seeing first-hand, the enrichment that libraries provide as a vital community resource.

Surinder Bhogal (Chief Librarian & Secretary of Board)
Surinder Bhogal is Surrey’s Chief Librarian, acting as the chief administrative officer for Surrey Libraries and reporting to the Board of Trustees. She is responsible for planning, leading and delivering a broad range of library services to meet the evolving needs of Surrey residents. Surinder also sits on the City of Surrey’s senior management team. She began her career in Surrey Libraries in 1997 after immigrating from London, England. Having worked in many Surrey neighbourhoods over the years, Surinder is familiar with the diverse range of needs in the City and makes it a priority to deliver responsive library services to residents in one of Canada’s fast growing cities.