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Rose Vespa named new executive director of the Canadian Children’s Book Centre

The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) has hired Rose Vespa as executive director, effective Jan. 7, 2019. Vespa takes over for Charlotte Teeple  who retired from the position after 22 years – and will be based in the Toronto office of the national not-for-profit organization.

A graduate of Western Ontario (Bachelor of Arts) and the University of Liverpool’s Master of Public Administration program, Vespa has spent her career in library services and in public-sector leadership roles, including most recently as director of library services for the Mississauga Library System. “Children’s literature is a gateway to learning, creativity, and empathy” said Vespa in a statement. “I began my career as a children’s librarian and I am looking forward to working with the board, the members, and the CCBC staff to continue the good work of advocating for Canadian children’s authors, illustrators and literature.”