Week 5 of Getting to Know Our Board

This week, we talk to Chelsea Hazewinkel, an engaged, hard-working lawyer, mother of two, and a delight to have a conversation with if you ever get the chance!

1) Tell us a bit about yourself.

I grew up here and while I left a few times for travel or professional opportunities, I am happy to be living in Edmonton with my wonderful husband, Alistair, raising our two children in an exciting, dynamic, and inclusive city.

2) Why are you involved in Anthology?

I became involved because it sounded like a cool concept and a great way to give back to the City. Libraries are a great economic and societal equalizer; and a place for a community to gather, share ideas, and grow. I love how excited my children (4, 2) become just at the mention of going to the library! Teaching them how to access things, instead of hoarding things, is an important lesson and libraries do that. 

I stay involve with Anthology because the Board is a group of talented, diverse people, working productively as a group and, frankly: it is so much fun! It's been a great experience in collaborative leadership and an introduction to some truly fine Edmontonians.

3) What is your favourite book?

*laughs* I spent most of my reading time devouring the news, professional publications, and, best of all, children's books. My favourite children's books include the timeless Dr. Seuss collection (the rhythm is fantastic) and, at the moment, "Bear on a Bike"... because my two-year old knows a lot of the words and when children "read along", that's just plain fun. My absolute favourite though is the magical "The Christmas Wish" by Loris Evert and I can't wait to unpack the Christmas books to dive into it!

Week 4 of Getting to Know Our Board!

This week our post is featuring Mark Hoosein!

1)       Tell us a bit about yourself.

My name is Mark Hoosein and I am the Chief Operating Officer of Capital Region Housing Corporation, the largest supplier of affordable housing in Edmonton.  More importantly, I’m a husband, and a father of a three year old boy named Paul, who keeps my wife and I on our toes both physically and intellectually.  In addition to volunteering with the Anthology Board, I also volunteer as the Treasurer for my son’s playschool and have in the past volunteered with the Ottewell Community League.

I was born and raised in Edmonton, and as someone who made a conscious decision to build and raise a family here, I’m excited at the possibilities and opportunities Edmonton has for my wife and I, and especially our son.  Edmonton’s future is bright.

2)       Why are you involved in Anthology?

I’ve loved the library as long as I can remember.  Growing up, a good amount of my time in the summers were spent checking books out of the old Beamaris branch.  Once my son was born, I really saw how much more a library is than just a book depository.  It was a place where my wife and son were able to attend classes, planned activities, make social connections and provide relief from what could have been a very isolating time, especially in the winter.  Both my wife and son have friends they made while attending ‘Baby Laptime’ and ‘Sing, Sign, Laugh and Learn.’  Even my son’s grandparents attended those programs with him, and the excitement he has to go to the library is palpable.  Every family in Edmonton should have the same experience and opportunity; that’s why I got involved in Anthology.

3)       What’s your favorite book?

Just about every book I read is my favorite at the time, but one I love right now is Give and Take by Adam Grant.  I’m taken with it because the book is all about how to succeed in business as a nice person.  Too often success is linked with being ruthless, cutthroat and calculating.  Grant’s book is both affirmational and aspirational about how to succeed by helping people, and not expecting anything in return.

Week 3 of getting to know our Board!

Over the course of the next few weeks we'd like to introduce you to our Board and have asked them to answer 3 questions to help you get to know them better. 

This week we are profiling the Chair of our Events committee, Rowena Cui!

Tell us a bit about yourself:

My priority is to raise a good human (I have one 2 year old son named Red) and be a good human. I'm also a parent to two senior dogs, Hennessey and Benson, COO of PlanIt Sound Inc., CEO of That Just Happened Inc., Board Chair of Apricity, Board member of Anthology, and devoted to refreshing philanthropy in all that I do. 

Why are you involved in Anthology?

Most of my early childhood memories involve books or the library. When I was growing up, my grandparents and my sisters and I used to take regular trips to the library. My grandparents learned English through us reading to them and we learned Tagalog (Filipino) through them speaking to us. Also, when I was 6 years old, I was frustrated with the "6 books maximum per day" rule - at the time, students were only allowed to take out 6 library books per day. So, I found a solution - I volunteered at my elementary school library so I could hang out after school and read as many books as I could AND I would sneak in an extra book or two into my backpack but always returned them the very next day! Mischievous yes, but all for the love of books

What is your favourite book?

At this moment, it's Robert Munsch's "Mmm Cookies" - my son and I have mastered our voice over parts and accompanying sound effects. We also pretend to eat our cookies at the end:)

Get to Know our Board- part 2!

Over the course of the next few weeks we'd like to introduce you to our Board and have asked them to answer 3 questions to help you get to know them better. 

This week we're profiling our Honorary Chair, Sarah Chan!

Tell us a bit about yourself:

I'm a piano teacher, mother of two (7 and 4 yr olds), and an active-in-Edmonton social advocate. Recently I was reading my Chinese Zodiac description to some friends, educating them about the traits of those born in the year of the Monkey: Ancient Chinese wisdom and the Internet both agree that I am clever, loyal, and mischievous!

Why are you involved in Anthology?

Apricity, another group I work with, put on a fundraiser in 2015 to raise funds for Edmonton Public Library's Welcome Baby program. I was already in love with EPL as a life-long user, and, had continued exposure through my husband's involvement on their board. Working with EPL in a volunteer capacity, getting to collaborate with their staff and admin, was a valuable experience.

When Anthology's chair (Salima) asked if I would continue to advocate on behalf of EPL in a new capacity, I said yes!

What is your favourite book?

Its tough to play favourites, but, I really love Phillip Pullman's His Dark Materials series. It's a gorgeous 3-books about remarkable young people, growth, and coming of age all alongside loads of imagination.

Get to know our Board!

Over the course of the next few weeks we'd like to introduce you to our Board and have asked them to answer 3 questions to help you get to know them better. 

This week we're profiling our Chair, Salima Ebrahim!

1.     Tell us a bit about yourself: By day I'm the Executive Director of the Banff Forum, a national public policy institute. I'm also the Chair of YEG Anthology, a mom of two awesome kids, a city builder and traveler at heart.

2.     Why are you involved in Anthology? I’m a strong believer and advocate for literacy and believe they provide an invaluable service to the communities they serve by bringing people and ideas from various backgrounds together and promoting lifelong learning and literacy. I also believe that they are great information equalizers – the only place people of all ages and backgrounds can find and freely use such a diversity of resources. When I moved back to Edmonton getting a library card was one of the first things I did for my kids and myself and we're there all the time!

3.    What is your favourite book? We're going through a Dr. Seuss phase at home right now and love Oh the Place you'll Go! I'm also reading Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari.


Why the EPL?

“Rather than being a human, be a humanitarian” 
Kowtham Kumar K

Now that we have had the chance to introduce ourselves and tell you about the fun we are going to have, we would like to share more about our philanthropic purpose:  to support the Edmonton Public Library (EPL), the only Canadian library to be named Library of the Year by Library Journal.


At Anthology, we believe literacy and the love of reading is the cornerstone to a dynamic, vibrant and inclusive city – and that a strong urban public library system can provide this foundation.  The way we use libraries is evolving and this is no more evident than at the EPL.  

Linking Edmontonians to literacy occurs through a dizzying array of content that goes beyond the eclectic mix of books (online and on the shelf), comics, magazines, online music and the new Makerspace (vinyl cutting, anyone?) available to library patrons.  The EPL also provides a number of other supportive services including “EPL To Go” literacy vans, early literacy programming, support for English language learners and community outreach to ensure that our libraries are inclusive spaces for all Edmontonians. 

Just as the librarians thoughtfully curate their stock and programming with their clientele in mind, at Anthology we have carefully curated a number of events which we believe will provide you with edu-tainment in a way that no other group is the city is offering, all the while supporting a worthwhile cause.

Join us!