Message from the CCBC Board of Directors on the Departure of Executive Director Rose Vespa

After more than three years with the Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC), Rose Vespa has informed us that she will be stepping down as Executive Director on June 24, 2022. Rose joined the Canadian Children’s Book Centre in 2019 and helped drive our strategic vision, enhancing our outreach, online programming, fundraising, and organisational relevancy. 

We have much to be proud of from our time with Rose at the helm of the CCBC, from the launching and flourishing of Bibliovideo, leading the work to increase accessible formats in children’s books, to our new enhanced strategic plan and EDI policy, to the work done with the TD Bank Group to celebrate the works of diverse artists—something that the CCBC has championed for a long time. We are grateful for Rose’s contributions to the organization, and we wish her well in the future. 

The CCBC will continue to be driven by our mission and vision to ensure that Canadian children are given the opportunity to read books created by Canadian authors and illustrators. That these stories—diverse as our country—are told, shared, and celebrated. Recruitment for our new Executive Director will be led by search firm Daxon Feldman, as selected by the Board. The job posting for the role is now available here. We encourage you to share this widely amongst your networks.

Finally, on behalf of the board, we want to thank all our members, supporters, partners, and donors for your ongoing commitment to the CCBC during the past two difficult years. As we prepare for the after-effects of the pandemic, we are confident we are in a good place thanks to the leadership of our members, stakeholders, supporters, and our departing Executive Director, Rose. 

With much gratitude, 

The CCBC Board of Directors