Friends, colleagues and members of the community are mourning the death of Brock Township Public Library CEO Susan Dalton.
She passed away suddenly on May 30 at the age of 60.
“Susan Dalton was much more than a CEO to Brock Township Public Library – she made sure we were appreciated daily for our efforts. She had the best sense of humour and I personally will miss the friend she was to me,” said Vicki Bruce, co-ordinator of programming and outreach for the library.
“She was caring and funny and always understood my sideways sense of humour. She made sure the rest of the world was happy.”
“Sue created a kind and helpful atmosphere at Brock Township Public Library. She was always the one to impart the joy of reading and stories to those around her, especially the kids,” added Jolene Munro, technology and collections co-ordinator.
“Sue was a very caring person helping others in all parts of her life. She guided with a gentle heart and soul. She will be missed by many.”
Dalton started with the local library system in 2012 when she relocated from Napanee and the Lennox and Addington Library system.
“She lived with her father in the Fenelon Falls area while she searched for a home in Brock Township, eventually purchasing and settling in Cannington. It was important to Sue that she live, pay taxes and shop in the municipality that supported her career and over the years, she came to adore the village of Cannington,” said Lori Mitchell, co-ordinator of marketing and library services.
“As a leader, Susan brought out the best in all of us. She respected and valued our work and placed a great amount of trust in our talents and abilities. She always joked that she had the easiest job in the system and that we just made her look good – which was definitely not the case. In turn, we always strove to meet and exceed her expectations for the betterment of the library and the community it serves.”
Mitchell continued by saying that Dalton had a “people-first approach” and was genuinely interested in everyone she met and worked with.
“In her short six years with the library, she developed meaningful relationships with staff, board members, council and municipal staff and of course, patrons of the library,” she said.
“Her passing has left us all with a profound sense of loss; not only in regards to leadership but a heartfelt personal loss. I will deeply miss her sense of humour, generosity of spirit and friendship.”
“Susan Dalton was not only a great asset to Brock Township Public Library as CEO, she was also a warm and wonderful person worthy of love and respect. The staff is to be commended for soldiering on and keeping the operation of our libraries flowing smoothly at this difficult time,” added Ward 5 Councillor Lynn Campbell.
“To say that Susan Dalton will be sadly missed is an understatement. I had the privilege of getting to know her in my role as council’s rep on the library board, and prior to that, as a writer, collaborating on the beautiful book commemorating the Beaverton library’s history. I feel that I was fortunate to be able to work with Susan and proud to call her a friend.”