The Team

Our Core Team

We are a group of enthusiastic Do-It-Yourselfers who take pleasure in sharing and helping spark creativity! While the idea of a tool library is not new, it is the first one in Ottawa.

Bettina Vollmerhausen (co-founder)

Bettina has been honing her skills as a community connector over the last years with a keen interest in sustainability, social innovation, and meaningful experience, Bettina is the tool goddess of the library. She is an avid knitter and fibre artist who loves to create with her hands and has a particular interest in sharing skills and passing on knowledge as she believes that continuous learning makes life interesting. Bettina is looking for great community members to elevate the Ottawa Tool Library by being part of our marketing team. Do you want to help?

Jim Potter (Jack of All Trades)

Architect, IT Guru, and sometime poet.
If learning is out there, Jim wants to know it.
He cannot recall when he first held a tool.
It was surely before he started at school.
Born of a teacher/librarian and engineer,
It’s no great surprise that he wound up here.
If not leading a workshop or revising this page,
You might catch him performing on some local stage.

Emily Brown

Emily Brown (Programming Coordinator)

Hailing from the beautiful shores of Prince Edward Island, Emily believes in the 4-H Canada motto of ‘Learn To Do By Doing’. While being pretty inept with most all of the tools in the library, the idea of having access regardless of ability to use or pay is important to her. She supports the OTL in a variety of ways, from programming to outreach, and has a laundry list of projects she’d like to attack at a Shop Night. Someday.

Frederic Sune (co-founder)

The idea for the tool library was sparked by Frederic while remodeling his kitchen and needing to cut floor tiles. The high rental prices at his local hardware store caused him to actually purchase the tile cutter, so sadly Frederic became the owner of a once-used tile cutter. Upon completion of his kitchen project, Bettina and him met for a beer where he shared his woes, and lo-and-behold the idea of starting a tool library in Ottawa became a plan. By day, Fred is an WordPress expert and he setup the Ottawa Tool Library website, lending library reservation system, project and volunteer management systems. And yes, Fred has donated his once-used tile cutter to the library and looks forward to sharing this expensive ‘gem’ with other Do-It-Yourselfers.

Kevin Atkinson

Kevin Atkinson (Tool Ninja Coordinator)

Kevin is a life-long maker and fixer who discovered the Ottawa Tool Library as a consequence of donating a friend’s tools at the request of his widow. One visit was all it took, and a few months later he joined the OTL as a Tool Ninja before accepting the role of Ninja Coordinator. His career is in high-tech telecom manufacturing quality – an environment of far-flung travel and long-distance email and conference-call relationships – and he loves the OTL for its fellowship and for providing the opportunity to deal face-to-face with its wonderful and enthusiastic members.

Kevin spends his spare time trying to catch up on home and property maintenance, travelling, fixing things, reading, and cooking. Stop by for a muffin.

Ben Waldman (Financial Magician)

While never intending to be a jet setter, Ben is doing just that, commuting (not daily) between Ottawa and Canmore, Alberta. Ben is an avid outdoor sportsman who loves doing anything involving a bike, boards or hiking boots. Ben loves the challenge of anything new and will keep the tool library in line financially as our bookkeeper. Ben’s favourite tool is a screwdriver, just don’t ask him which is a Robertson.

Annika Peveril

Annika Peveril (Social Media Wizard)

Annika fell in love with the idea and the community of the tool library from day one. After completing her 200 hour co-op with the tool library, she became the team lead for social media. Her volunteer position entails managing all three social media accounts and co-creating the monthly newsletter. If you want to help with our social media accounts or need help with yours- shoot her an email at [email protected]. She can’t wait to see you at the tool library!

Shelley Taylor

Shelley Taylor (Project Coordinator & Community Builder)

Shelley Taylor is our Project Coordinator and Community Builder. She will be organizing events, including Repair Cafés and Maker Days for the coming year through an Ontario Trillium Foundation grant. Shelley loves any opportunity to bring people together to create community and connectedness. She brings twenty years of community building, sexual health education, and coordinating staff and volunteers through her work with Venus Envy in Ottawa and Halifax. Shelley is new to the Ottawa Tool Library and still figuring out the difference between a jigsaw and a reciprocating saw, but is excited for the challenge!

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