As we say goodbye to 2018 here at the Library, we are also saying goodbye to a long-time friend. Terry Flynn was a big supporter of the library during his 21 years on Town Council and 12 years on the Library Board. Terry was first elected to council in 1997 when the library was starting to explore moving from its cramped and inaccessible basement home on Queen St.
The move to our current home on Anderson Lane was a contentious issue at the time but Terry knew what had to be done and, as he recalls, “was the fifth vote that saw the Library move to its present location.” He was also instrumental in moving the Community Centre to Anderson Lane, serving as member and Chair of the Community Facilities Committee.
Terry was serving as Library Board Chair in 2011 when the Board was recruiting a new Chief Librarian/CEO. Thanks to his position as Supervisor with Niagara EMS, he was able to confirm there was indeed an accident that closed down the QEW and made me late for my second interview. Terry was also an invaluable resource when we renovated the Library in 2017 using his knowledge of the original build to guide us through this major project.
Throughout it all Terry kept his good humour and managed to work a very high-pressure day job while chairing the Airport Board, serving on Town Council and the Library Board and volunteering with the Lions Club. His service to his home town is impressive and we are very grateful for his work on behalf of the Library. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors and look forward to seeing him visit the Library as a civilian.
We wish you all the best this holiday season and look forward to seeing you at the Library in 2019.