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Moss a good fit as new regional library director


Parkland Regional Library has turned a page and hired a new director.
With the upcoming retirement of director Jean Louis Guillas, the board announced Alison Moss will take on the role, June 3.
Moss has been community liaison with the Dauphin Neighborhood Renewal Corporation (DNRC), which focussed on community development and grassroots projects.
“I’ve had a really great time and these things really wove together to lead me into this next opportunity in life,” she said.
“I think community engagement and regional development is a huge part of the Parkland library system and Jean Louis has done a great job fostering that over the past number of years. So they’re big shoes to step into, but I’m really looking forward to the next challenge in life.”
Moss’ background is in rural development, she has a Masters of Rural Development from Brandon University.
“I worked for a time as a research affiliate with the Rural Development Institute which was a really great time to learn very hands-on research skills and community development focused research,” Moss explained.
“So I had the opportunity to work on a variety of projects that took me into northern Manitoba and lots of other places. To really connect with small communities and work on things like regional development, access to health care, youth mobility, lots of really interesting projects. I also spent a time with the Province of Manitoba. I was a senior policy analyst with Family Services.”
Moss grew up in Dauphin and left for Winnipeg, after she graduated high school.
“But I’m a country girl, so I’m very glad to be back home,” she added.
Dauphin Public Library may not see any obvious changes to its programming, as Moss has a similar philosophy as its previous director.
“I see libraries as, really a hub within communities. It’s a meeting ground for people. It offers critical services to people from all walks of life. It’s a friendly space that people can walk into and have access to things that everybody should have access to, free internet, information and also entertainment,” she said.
“There are lots of great events that happen at the library. I was thrilled when I came home and discovered the amount of programming. There’s never a lack of something to do in Dauphin. I think of the Third Thursday Music, in particular, and the crowds that it brings out, it’s amazing.”
Moss is currently wrapping up projects with DNRC, adding she plans to stay on there as a volunteer, as well.
“I’ve made some really great friends and I think about partnerships in this community and it goes far beyond a work relationship. Most of these ideas come to life because friendships are built and good teamwork means good things can happen,” Moss noted.
Guillas does not retire until the end of June, which means Moss has a mentor for several weeks.
“It’s not an opportunity that people always have, so it’s great succession planning. We get to spend pretty close to a month together, so I’ll have a great teacher and somebody I can call on to ask questions. I’m very lucky to have that,” she added.

M. A. Nyquist