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News May 17, 2022

Danielle MacKinlay Joins the CFE Working Group on Intellectual Freedom

Danielle MacKinlay, a long-time government librarian, is joining the Centre for Free Expression’s Working Group on Intellectual Freedom.

Danielle has been Manager, Library Services for the Canadian Coast Guard since 2005. Currently, Danielle is on assignment in the Human Resources Corporate Services within Fisheries and Oceans Canada, as an advisor on employment equity, diversity and inclusion.

“We are delighted that Danielle MacKinlay is joining the Centre for Free Expression’s Working Group on Intellectual Freedom,” said James L. Turk, Director of the Centre. “Their experience as a government librarian will bring a valuable perspective to the group.”

Danielle earned a Master’s degree in Library and Information Studies from Dalhousie University, a BA (Hons) from Mount Allison University in French Studies and Psychology, and recently completed a Leadership and Inclusion Certificate from Centennial College (Toronto) and the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion. 

Danielle is also a parent of three young children, and an avid reader and craftsperson. Born and raised on Unama’ki (Cape Breton Island), they are influenced by the rich culture and history that defines the island. 

The other members of the CFE Working Group on Intellectual Freedom are: Richard Beaudry , Chair, CFLA Intellectual Freedom Committee;  Christina de Castell, Chief Librarian, Vancouver Public Library; Carla Graebner, Librarian for Data Services and Government Information, Simon Fraser University Library; Babs Kelly, Director of Learning and Development, British Columbia Library Trustees Association; Todd Kyle, CEO, Brampton Public Library;  Pilar Martinez, CEO, Edmonton Public Library;   Lisa Radha Vohra, Director, Collections and Membership Services, Toronto Public Library; Erin Patterson, Head, Research Services, Acadia University Library;  Toni Samek, Professor and past Chair, School of Library and Information Studies University of Alberta;  Alvin Schrader, Professor Emeritus, School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta; Sabrina Saunders, CEO Blue Mountain Public Library and President of the Ontario Library Association; Marcellus Turner, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Librarian Charlotte Mecklenburg Library; Mark Williams, Chief Librarian and CEO, Milton Public Library. 

The Centre for Free Expression at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University) is a hub for public education, research and advocacy on free expression and the public’s right to know. Its work is undertaken in collaboration with academic and community-based organizations across Canada and internationally.