Michele Fedyk is going back home.
After nearly five years with the organization, Fort Saskatchewan Public Library director, Michele Fedyk, is stepping down. Her last day will be Friday (Jan.28) as she’s moving to her hometown of Regina, where she has accepted a position at the Regina Public Library.
“I am really grateful for the opportunity to work with the board and the staff and the city and the whole community. It’s bittersweet for sure,” she said.
During her tenure as library director, Fedyk has overseen several campaigns and initiatives. In her first year as director, the library received the Punch Jackson Award of Excellence in Library Service for their year-long library card campaign, which saw more than 6,000 new memberships.
Other highlights for her include having Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod from BodyBreak visit the library for Physical Literacy Month.
“I mean, who would have ever thought that they would come all the way to Fort Saskatchewan to help promote our Physical Literacy Month,” she continued. “That was very memorable.”
COVID-19 has been the biggest challenge of the last five years, as Fedyk explained. With the constant change, protocols switching and pivoting between in-person and curbside service; she explained she prefers to look at the silver lining of the pandemic, which is the skills she’s picked up along the way.
“We all became occupational health and safety experts, right? But I care about the staff, and I care about the community, so that’s the top priority for sure.”
Despite the challenges, she feels proud to have accomplished some of the library’s goals, such as installing the interactive floor projector in the library.
Fedyk will become the branch manager for two libraries in Regina, including the library she worked at early in her career, calling it a “full-circle moment”. She’s also looking forward to seeing her parents back home as she hasn’t seen them in more than two years.
She concluded by saying she will miss the community very much and is grateful for the support over the years.