Mission statement

The Milton Public Library empowers the community to: Read. Learn. Create. Connect.


The Milton Public Library Board meets a minimum of seven times yearly and is:

  • A formal policy-setting group that exists to set goals and objectives to meet the community’s public library needs
  • A seven member Board, consisting of three Councillors and four community representatives.
  • Appointed by Milton Town Council at the beginning of each new Council term
  • Accountable to Milton Town Council for the operations of Milton Public Library, and Council has line-by-line control over the annual budgets
  • A governance Board established by the Ontario Public Library Act, and it takes its fiduciary, short and long term planning and policy development responsibilities seriously. The Board delegates the appropriate authority to staff, through the CEO / Chief Librarian, to run the library system and achieve the planning and financial goals set by the Board.

Sana Malik


Sana Malik is a Senior Manager with KPMG’s Internal Audit, Risk and Compliance practice. With more than 20 years of broad-based experience in both private and public sectors, She has demonstrated experience in successfully managing and executing audits, consultations, risk assessments and forensic investigative work in large and complex environments. Malik also performs examinations and objective appraisals of the adequacy, efficiency and effectiveness of financial, management and systems controls to identify key risk and improvement areas.

Within the community, She is a Public Member on the Audit Committee of the Halton District School Board. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) degree from McGill University, is a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and holds a Certification in Control Self-Assessment (CCSA).

She has been living in Milton since 2015 with her husband and two kids. They have been frequenting the Main Street Library for many years and have seen how it has evolved over the years. As an MPL Board member, She hopes to support the Milton Library in reaching its strategic objectives, connecting with the community and creating a safe space for our growing and diverse community.

Sibyl Shen


Sibyl Shen is a CPA, CA with over ten years of experience in auditing, financial reporting and taxation. She came to Canada as a first-generation immigrant. Libraries played a vital role in her study and have acted as a bridge to the local community where she participated in community programs that promoted literacy, culture and lifelong learning. As a member of the Milton Public Library Board, she hopes to contribute to the strategic plans of the library and make more people benefit from the MPL programs.

Colin Best


Councillor Colin Best is a lifelong resident of Milton and works locally as an independent property appraiser valuing residential properties for various lending institutions and other purposes.

In the community, he has been involved with a number of organizations including the Milton Jaycees, Rotary Club, Air Cadets, Milton BIA, Chamber of Commerce, Milton Santa Claus Parade Committee and various Parents’ Councils at local schools that his children have attended. He was first elected in 1980 as a local councillor for Ward 2 which at the time included all the urban area. He served on a number of local council committees and was elected to Regional Councillor from 1994 to 1997.


In 2006 he was elected to be the local and regional councillor for Wards 2 & 4, and in 2010 and 2014 he was re-elected to represent the new wards 2,3,4,5 north of Derry Road and serve on multiple regional and community committees.

Ragy Sharkawy

Ragy Sharkawy and his family called Milton home since 2008, and they have loved every moment of it. The transformation they have seen in the Town over the past 15 years has been incredible, and he is humbled by the opportunity to serve the growing, diverse and vibrant community through the Milton Public Library Board.

Growing up, and particularly during his undergraduate years, libraries provided an invaluable and consistent space to study, research, and collaborate with colleagues. With a background in Engineering, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA), his professional career over the past 20 years has been in the aerospace industry, with various roles of increasing responsibility in project and program management.

Currently, he works at Collins Aerospace as a Program Director.  He also serves on the Board of Directors at St. George & St. Abanoub (SGSA) Coptic Orthodox Church, in Milton, as well as on the school council at Holy Rosary School.

He and his wife are blessed with two wonderful children who love reading and activities that draw on their creativity. They are frequent visitors to the Milton Public Library system and its programs and are fortunate to have a library that is within walking distance from their home. He is looking forward to playing an active role in the continued growth of libraries for the entire community to enjoy.

Rick Malboeuf


Rick was born and raised in Quebec and moved to Ontario in 1980. Rick is 72 years of age, married to Brenda, is the father of four, grandfather of four and great-grandfather of three. Rick and Brenda have lived in the same home in Milton for 36 years. Rick owns and operates a small automotive equipment supply company and has served Milton both as a local and regional Councillor for 18 years. He is currently the Halton Regional Councillor for Milton Ward 2. Rick has a military background having served 3 years in the US Army between 1967 and 1970 which included two combat tours in Vietnam. Rick is a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Milton branch 136.

Karen Wolnik

Karen Wolnik joined the Milton Public Library when she and her husband moved to Milton in 2009. She has a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Engineering as well as a Master of Business Administration (MBA).  In her professional career, she has worked in the Ontario energy industry for 17 years, particularly in project management and business development.  She has served on several industry committees and volunteered as a Board member for a local non-profit organization. As a mother of two and an avid reader, she values lifelong learning and is thankful for the MPL staff, facilities, and services. She looks forward to supporting continued growth with an emphasis on diversity and sustainability.

Sarah Marshall


Councillor Sarah Marshall moved to Milton in 2013. She was elected to represent Ward 4 as a local councillor in 2022. Prior to sitting on MPL’s Board as a councillor, Sarah volunteered her time to MPL as a Board member in varying capacities, including Chair of the Board, since 2014.

Throughout her life, libraries provided Sarah with a place to study and conduct research, but most importantly as a place to meet friends. The traditional notion of a library as a quite place where community members go to select a book, read and then leave has been replaced with the modern concept of the library as a centralized focal point within the community where residents are still encouraged to attend to borrow from the collection, but also to engage in the vast array of programming and use new technologies. As a member of the MPL Board, Sarah hopes to encourage the evolution of the modern library and increase resources that will be used by the Milton community.

Sarah and her husband enjoy raising their children in Milton’s vibrant and diverse community. Sarah is employed with Carson Law, in Burlington, where she practices real estate and civil litigation. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys touring hockey rinks, reading, running, baking and finding a new place to travel to and explore.

As a member of the Milton Public Library Board, I hope to encourage further new concepts within the library and increase resources in the library that will be used by the Milton community. My husband and I have lived in Milton since 2013 and are currently raising our two children in this vibrant community. My sons have been engaged with MPL’s programming from a very young age and have always enjoyed our trips to the library to pick out books.

How do I join the MPL Board?

Town Council makes citizen appointments to various committees and boards, including the Milton Public Library Board. For details on how to apply, please click on the following link:

Board Vacancies and How to Apply

Sarah Douglas-Murray

CEO and Chief Librarian


(905) 875-2665 ext. 3265

Kanta Kapoor

Director, Support Services


(905) 875-2665 ext. 3259

Chris Dorscht

Director, Customer Experience


(905) 875-2665 ext. 3256



Furrukh Inayat

Manager, Beaty Branch


(905) 875-2665 ext. 3290

Chris Benitez

Manager, Main Branch


(905) 875-2665 ext. 3352

Ashley Directo

Manager, Marketing and Communications (On Leave)


(905) 875-2665 ext. 3236

Fajar Parvez

Manager, Marketing and Communications


(905) 875-2665 ext. 3236

Indra Ramnath

Manager, Finance


(905) 875-2665 ext. 3255

Board Meetings are usually held on the third Wednesday of the month, in the months of January, March, May, June, September, October and November. The latest approved minutes are available in Adobe Acrobat format. PDF File