Pelham library CEO retires suddenly

By Sarah Ferguson, Fort Erie Times

Stephanie Stowe

Stephanie Stowe


Pelham Public Library has said goodbye to its chief executive officer.

Stephanie Stowe will be remembered for her enthusiasm for library services, and expanding the role of library services within the community, library board member Gary Accursi said.

Stowe this week announced her immediate retirement after serving the library for 12 years.

She joined Pelham’s library after working in Sault Ste Marie and she was instrumental in expanding the book collections available to residents and students at both the Fonthill and Maple Acre branches, Accursi said.

In the three years Accursi has known Stowe, he said she most enjoyed the interaction with people, bringing special authors to the library and sharing the library’s services with the community.

“She always tried to advance the education of young people, create an appreciation of the library and show how enjoyable reading can be in terms of recreation and learning,” Accursi said.

Until a decision is made about a permanent replacement for Stowe, deputy library CEO Amy Guilmette has been appointed acting CEO.

The library board will discuss options for a replacement and will come up with a recommendation, likely during its next meeting which will take place during the second week of October.

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Under Stephanie Stowe’s guidance, the library has made many advancements in service and won awards.

Accomplishments include expanding the library’s collection to include CDs, DVDs, graphic novels and teen magazines, and establishing the Heart of Niagara Reading Series with bestselling and award-winning authors.

Pelham Public Library was a finalist for the Minister of Culture’s Award for Innovation programing.

The library received the Niagara Area Peter F. Drucker Award for Innovation in Strategic Planning for its 2002-05 strategic plan.

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