Louise Cochran


Honorary Life Membership
In Recognition of

Louise Cochran

Louise Cochran first became involved as a library board member in 1992 when she was appointed by the Mayor of the City of North Battleford to sit on the North Battleford Library Board. She was subsequently appointed to the Regional Board of Lakeland representing North Battleford in 1994.

With a relocation to Turtle Lake in 1996, she immediately became involved on the Turtleford Library Board as the representative from the Rural Municipality of Mervin. She was again appointed to the Regional Board and in 1996 became a member of the Executive as a Member at Large. Another move, this time to Radisson and the appointment as the Town of Radisson's representative to the Regional Board provided Louise with the opportunity to continue her work on the Lakeland Board.

She remained a member of the Executive committee until 2006, assuming the position of Chair from 1999 to 2003 and representing Lakeland on the SLTA Board from 2004 to 2006. Louise served as treasurer for the SLTA. She was also very involved with the history book that SLTA put together.

Her accomplishments were many and she took her responsibility very seriously both as our Chair and when she represented Lakeland at conferences and SLTA meetings. Probably her most outstanding effort was getting a branch open in the community of Livelong, something she believed was absolutely necessary and she fought hard to make it happen. Louise also championed the cause of making library service more readily accessible to First Nations communities and individuals, serving on the Minister's Advisory Committee on Library Services for Aboriginal People, which produced the report Information is for Everyone.

While she is less involved now, she still is a member of the local board for the Radisson Library. Throughout her career on various library boards and organizations, Louise Cochran was a strong advocate for libraries, a force to be reckoned with and a dedicated individual who deserves to be recognized for her efforts on behalf of libraries in the province of Saskatchewan.