The Board of Trustees for Idea Exchange has selected Helen Kelly as the next CEO for one of Canada’s most innovative cultural organizations following a search that included applicants from across Canada and the United States. Currently the Director of Programming and Promotion for the organization, her appointment to the position is effective November 3.
The Library Board of Directors have expressed great excitement with the appointment. “Helen takes on this new role with extensive experience, a passion for public service, and the support of the staff,” says Amanda Maxwell, chair, Library Board. “The Board is thrilled to have selected an individual who will continue the tradition of great leadership within the organization and we look forward to maintaining the commitment to service excellence within the Cambridge community.”
Bringing with her a wealth of knowledge, Helen boasts an impressive background in library service. Helen began her library career in 1985 in the children’s department at the Brantford Public Library. In 1986 Helen joined the Hamilton Public Library, where she had the opportunity to work in all areas of public service including circulation and reference services, programming and community outreach. In 1996 she received her master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Western Ontario.
A strong leader and advocate for programming and services, Helen was awarded the Hamilton ABEA Individual Early Literacy Education Award in 2008.
In 2009, Idea Exchange (formerly Cambridge Libraries and Galleries) welcomed Helen as Coordinator of Children’s Services. Her enthusiastic approach to innovation saw many positive results including national recognition in 2012 when the organization was awarded the TD Summer Reading Club Library Award. Since taking on the role of Director of Programming and Promotion, Helen has significantly expanded programming and developed strong community partnerships.
“I am energized every day coming to work in such an innovative organization,” said Helen Kelly. “The dedicated and knowledgeable staff are committed to delivering exceptional service to each and every member. I am excited to take on this new role during such a transformational time at Idea Exchange and look forward to working with the board in fulfilling our goals focused on reading, art, and discovery.”