The Zoé Vallé Memorial Library property is owned, in trust, by the Municipality of the District of Chester.
Financial management of Library operations and the Zoé Vallé Lightfoot Endowment Fund is handled for the Municipality of the District of Chester by its Director of Finance and Treasurer.
Committee of Trustees
A Committee of Trustees is responsible for the oversight of the Library and the Zoé Vallé Lightfoot Endowment Fund. The Committee consists of a representative of the Municipality of the District of Chester, usually the current Councillor, a representative of the Chester Municipal Heritage Society and a representative of the subscribers to the Endowment Fund.
Brenda Mulrooney represents the subscribers to the Endowment Fund on the Library’s Committee of Trustees. The ‘subscribers’ are all those who make donations to keep the Library in operation and in good repair. Brenda has been coming to the Library since she was a young girl. She has worked and owned, either through partnerships or solo, several businesses during her life, nearly all in the service industry. She has been a member of the Chester Municipal Chamber of Commerce, the Chester Garden Club, the Chester Yacht Club and a member and Past Chairperson of VOCTADA. Brenda was elected to the Village of Chester Commission for eleven years, serving as Chairperson for three years. Her interests are sailing, gardening, golfing, my pets, working for my community and, most of all, my family.
Nancy Hatch is the representative of the Chester Municipal Heritage Society on the Committee of Trustees. Nancy was born and raised in Toronto. Before she married the love of her life, Bill, she taught elementary school in a richly diverse ethnic community in downtown Toronto. She and Bill were first ‘introduced’ to the beauty of Nova Scotia and the hospitality of her people while attending a board meeting in 1989. For the following five summers, they rented a house on the peninsula and were so taken by the laid-back lifestyle and geniality of friends and strangers alike, they pulled up stakes in Toronto and settled in Chester in 1995. After her husband died in 2007, she had more time to devote to her community and is presently on the board of directors of the Chester Municipal Heritage Society and on the Committee of Trustees of the Zoé Vallé Memorial Library. Nancy is also a Commissioner of the Village of Chester. When she isn’t attending meetings, Nancy enjoys playing bridge, golf (some days more than others) and walking her Westie, Katie.
Danielle Barkhouse is the representative of the Municipality of the District of Chester on the Committee of Trustees. Danielle is a mother of three and the Councillor for District 3. She has worked for Sales Beacon as a Property Manager and Executive Assistant for over five years, and she also has an environmentally friendly distributing business called EcoDriveway; both of which are headquartered in the Village of Chester. When Danielle is not working or spending time with her children, she is helping her community or furthering her education. Over the years, Danielle has volunteered for many organizations, whether it is fundraising or setting up tables. She hopes to continue do so for many years.