Meet Our Volunteers

Patricia Johnson

Image of Patricia JohnsonESL Conversation Club

You know by Patricia Johnson’s ready smile and friendly tilt of the head that she is the kind of volunteer to put everyone at ease, a handy skill when working with Library patrons as they practise their English language skills.

“Being a Library volunteer suits me,” says Patricia who works at the University of Calgary library. “I have a great day job, but volunteering is often the highlight of my week. I work alongside other great volunteers, helping people develop a skill they will use for the rest of their lives. What could be better!” Read more >


Matthew Tse

Computer Buddies

Image of Matthew TseBack in grade 3, Matthew Tse signed up for the Computer Buddies program through Calgary Public Library and the experience altered the course of his young life.

“I remember when I was one of those small buddies, not knowing anything about computers,” says Matthew. “My big buddy taught me everything I wanted to know and more. It was probably one of the best things that had happened in those dreary elementary school days. And so, I like to share with all my ‘little buddies’ this awesome feeling that I had felt when I was their age.” Read more >


Marian Erb

Library Ambassador

marian-erb-03When Marian Erb moved to Calgary from Ireland 36 years ago, one of the first things she did was track down her community library.

“As a newcomer, everything—from the architecture to the awesome expanse of Alberta skies—was new and overwhelming. The Library became a sanctuary for me, a home away from home,” says Marian. Read more >



Susan Anderson

Special Events Volunteer

susan-anderson3“Help your sister’s boat across the water, and yours too will reach the other side.” ~ Eric Hoffer

Susan Anderson, Special Events Volunteer with Calgary Public Library, strongly identifies with this quote by the American philosopher and the idea that helping others enriches one’s own life. So when she retired from the Library, she immediately set about volunteering…right back at the Library. Read More >