An award-winning librarian, Maureen Sawa is the CEO of the Greater Victoria Public Library. Maureen joined GVPL from Hamilton, Ontario, where she developed Hamilton Public Library’s spectacular Central Library renovation project, an innovative partnership with the Hamilton Farmers’ Market. A firm believer in the power of ‘doing more with more’, Maureen is known for her collaborative approach to library service and community development. A former children’s librarian, Maureen is the author of two critically acclaimed children’s books, ‘The Library Book’ and ‘Car Smarts’ (co-authored with Phil Edmonston, the creator of the iconic Lemonaid Car Guides) and has extensive experience in public relations. Maureen has spoken at numerous library conferences across Canada and is particularly known for her popular ’12 Habits of Highly Successful Librarians’ presentation.
Maureen Sawa received the United Way Greater Victoria Award for Collaboration and Partnership in 2015.