The Municipality of Clarington has seen a 10% growth in population since 2016, and is predicting a further 15% in growth by 2024. Situated on the exterior boundary of the GTA, Clarington has the largest geography in Durham Region and is approximately the same geographic size as the City of Toronto. Since 2020, Clarington has seen a surge in newcomers, providing an exciting opportunity for services to evolve. In 2020, the Clarington Public Library Board assumed the operation of the Clarington Museum & Archives and the organization is steadily harmonizing the 2 business units.
Monika Machacek, MLIS, was appointed CEO of the Clarington Public Library, Museum & Archives in April 2022, following the retirement of Linda Kent. Monika brings with her over 10 years in senior leadership experience, a depth of experience in growing and diverse communities from her time at Brampton Library, where she managed a service unit, and most recently as CEO at the East Gwillimbury Public Library – a small community in York Region with the highest population growth rate in Canada. Monika has a proven track record of successful library leadership and has been an active member and speaker for several professional organizations including the Federation of Ontario Public Libraries and the Ontario Library Association. Monika also has a deep appreciation for museum and archives and was a Director/Trustee for the Sharon Temple National Historic Site for several years.
On a personal note, Monika is a resident of Durham Region, a champion of promoting a healthy work-life balance, a proponent of active living and learning, and a proud mother to her 2-year-old son, Sebastian.