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?

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.

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.