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Meet the Trustees

Stanley Chang (Vice Chair)
Stanley Chang is the Executive Director, Deposit Insurance at the Financial Institutions Commission 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 Internal Auditor (CIA) designations. Stanley is also a director of the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia (CPABC).

Greg Down
Greg Down is an Operational Shift Manager at NAV CANADA’s Area Control Centre in Newton, which provides air traffic services to the Vancouver Flight Information Region. Greg has held a variety of operational and support positions within air traffic control as well as management roles in Surrey and Ottawa. A particular area of focus of Greg’s has been operational risk management and human factors. He holds an MBA from Simon Fraser University and lives in Surrey with his family.

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. 

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.

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.

Karen Reid Sidhu (Chair)
Karen Reid Sidhu is the Executive Director with Surrey Crime Prevention Society. She is a senior business development professional with a focus on community engagement and marketing public safety. With over 25 years’ experience spearheading projects within the private, public and not-for-profit sector Karen has achieved superior results and managed successful community campaigns. She is a graduate from the University of British Columbia, Sauder School of Business in Sales and Marketing Management with a designation as a Certified Marketing Executive. Karen and her family have been Surrey residents for over 23 years.

Austin Uzama
Austin Uzama has lived in Surrey since 2011 when he moved here from Japan.  He has a PhD in Tourism Marketing from Yamaguchi University, Japan. As a career teacher and researcher, he conducted research on Tourism and Hospitality in Japan and in recent years his research has evolved into Educational Leadership, Administration and Adult Education. Austin is a lecturer at the Faculty of Education in UBC and a part-time teacher with the Delta School District. Austin is honoured to volunteer on the Library Board and give back to the City that has housed his family since his arrival to Canada.

Muzna Zafar
Muzna Zafar  arrived in Canada in 2014 from Pakistan where she worked as an HR Assistant and Manager of Admissions in a College.  She understands the challenges new immigrants face and tries her best to provide creative and individual support to newcomers. She recently volunteered as a Library Champion in Surrey, where she helped to connect newcomers with library and community services.  Muzna takes a great pride in outreach work to advance community enrichment and learning. She also volunteered with Langley Community Services Society, organizing various community events.  She holds an MBA specializing in Human Resources Management and is currently working towards the CPHR designation.

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.