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

SPLBoardMembers@surrey.ca

Library Administration

Meet the Trustees

Simon Cumming (Vice Chair)
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.

Kiran Dhesa
Kiran Dhesa is a newly called lawyer and was born and raised in Surrey. Kiran lived in Kamloops for three years while she attended Thompson Rivers University for her Juris Doctorate Degree. Prior to moving to Kamloops Kiran was part of the Social Policy Advisory Committee with the City of Surrey which focuses on social policies for the well being of Surrey residents. She was also an active member of the Young Women Civic Leaders Committee which focused on getting young women involved in their community socially, politically and civically. With her move back to Surrey, Kiran is looking forward to getting involved in the community again. She believes libraries have a strong influence on community life and are an important tool in connecting people to each other and to important resources.

Louise Hearty
Louise Hearty retired as the Director of Access Transit Service Delivery at Coast Mountain Bus Company, where she was employed for 28 years. Louise held various roles throughout her time with the organization including being responsible for overseeing the operations of HandyDART including customer feedback, eligibility, and implementing many new initiatives. In addition to the Library Board, Louise also serves on the boards of the BC Library Trustees Association and Surrey Crime Prevention Society and volunteers her time with community organizations assisting new Canadians. She is a homeowner and resident of Surrey, living in the Fraser Heights area.

Marilyn Herrmann
Marilyn Herrmann 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
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 of the Mutual Fire Insurance Company of BC, and a founding member of The Arbutus Support Council, sponsors of a Syrian refugee family in Surrey. Michael has lived in Clayton since 1981.

Perbeen Mann
Perbeen Mann is a Crown Counsel with the Government of Canada, specializing in organized crime and drug prosecutions. Perbeen is also an Adjunct Faculty Professor with the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia. She holds membership with the Law Societies of British Columbia and of Alberta having been called to the bar in both provinces. Perbeen has extensive non-profit board experience. She has been involved in training lawyers/legal assistants, representing labour interests of federal lawyers, and developing diversity-equity-employment policies in the federal service. Perbeen volunteers with the Canadian Bar Association (BC branch) in improving Access to Justice and advocating for Indigenous Justice and serves on the board of Surrey Crime Prevention Society.  Perbeen is passionate about the value of lifelong learning. She is committed to promoting inclusion and equitable access to library services for Surrey’s residents. 

 

Gordon Powell
Gordon Powell has spent over 34 years in K-12 education, recently retiring as district principal for Aboriginal Education with Surrey Schools. He has taught courses in Library Administration as well as Aboriginal Issues for UBC and has a Masters in Educational Technology and Learning Design. He has a particular interest in literacy, technology in education, and Indigenous identity and he is proud to claim his Mi'kmaq heritage. As an outspoken advocate of reading and libraries, Gordon looks forward to serving as a public library trustee for Surrey Public Library.

Neelam Sahota

Neelam Sahota (Chair)
Neelam Sahota is a senior executive with over 20 years of experience in all aspects of leadership with a focus on building strategic partnerships. To her role as Chief Executive Officer of DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society, Neelam brings extensive experience that has spanned the corporate sector, provincial government, entrepreneurship, and non-profit industries. Neelam is a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia (FCPA, FCGA) and holds a Certificate in Executive Leadership. She is also an alumna of Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. Neelam has in-depth experience in board governance having served on numerous boards and advisory councils in various capacities including currently as Chair of Surrey Libraries Board of Trustees, Co-Chair of the Surrey Local Immigration Partnership, Board Director and past Treasurer of the Immigrant Employment Council of BC as well as an Advisory Board Member of Solid State Industries.

Dupinder Kaur Saran
Dupinder Kaur Saran is a Registered Nurse with 23 year’s of varied nursing experience, including working with Fraser Health, Provincial Health Services Authority, and BC Emergency Health Services under the operations of Ministry of Health. She was CEO of Nurse On the Go Home and Healthcare Services in 2018, a company which she founded. Dupinder was raised in Surrey and has a passion for community service and advocacy. She is the Founder of One Voice Canada Foundation which helps support, create awareness, and advocate for International Students. She is a Director with a few non-profit organizations, and devotes her time to volunteer in the community with seniors, children, and those in need. 

Moninder Singh
Moninder Singh is a community activist residing on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples. A graduate of the University of Guelph’s Lang School of Business with a Masters in Leadership Studies, Moninder is currently Director, Occupational Health & Safety for the British Columbia Nurses Union and also an Occupational Health & Safety instructor at Langara College. He serves on several non-profit Boards in Surrey including Sikh Academy, Gurdwara Sahib Dasmesh Darbar, and is the lead organizer of the annual “Khalsa Day Parade” in Surrey which draws over 500,000 people. He is passionate about social justice and access to education causes to allow marginalized populations opportunities to succeed they otherwise would not have access to. Moninder believes that public libraries are a hub of information collection and dissemination which allow for people of all backgrounds to connect with one another in a safe environment and foster understanding and friendships.

Jennifer Zhen
Jennifer Zhen is a Product Marketing Manager at an AI fintech start-up and is passionate about serving her community. She served as the 75th President of the UBC Commerce Undergraduate Society and served on the board for the UBC Alma Mater Society, the highest elected student governing body, representing over 3,700 commerce students. Jennifer volunteers with children with the Surrey Arts Centre to encourage learning and arts and hosts a monthly book club to bring a community of readers together.  

Surinder Bhogal

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.