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A who’s who of people involved in the NOTL library drama
Former NOTL Public Library chief librarian and CEO Cathy Simpson with Wayne Scott, vice-chair of the library's board of directors. FILE

Here are all the people involved in the upheaval at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library:

At the centre of the controversy

Cathy Simpson: Former chief librarian and CEO, who was fired over the contents of a column published in The Lake Report about Freedom to Read Week. Simpson was in the position for more than a decade.

Monica Harris: Executive director of the U.S.-based Foundation Against Intolerance & Racism (FAIR). Many of FAIR’s talking points were included in Simpson’s column.

The decision-makers: Members of the NOTL Public Library board

Daryl Novak (chair): Retired executive recruiter at Dysart & Jones Associates, former director of operations Ontario Library Service

Wayne Scott (vice-chair): Longtime career in IT and as an executive coach

Ilze Andzans: Director of regional planning for Metrolinx

Benoit Beausoleil: Plant expansion IT director at Proctor & Gamble

Katie Desharnais: Strategic marketing manager, economic development for Niagara Region

Susan Elliott: PhD, literacy teacher, education administrator and curriculum specialist whose current work focuses on sustainability education and social-emotional learning

Robin (Williams) Foster: Order of Canada recipient, pediatrician and former chief medical officer of health for Niagara Region, provincial health adviser

Adriana Vizzari: NOTL town councillor

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