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. Below is the management team of the OTL, but there are dozens of passionate volunteers, advocates and supporters working hard to make it a success. Want to join? Click here to volunteer!
Co-Founder & Executive Director
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 also 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.
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.
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.
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.
Social Media Coordinator
Brooklyn has been working in communications and social media for the past 12 years. She loves the idea of minimalism, a sharing economy and creating community spaces with her neighbours. What she lacks in tool knowledge, she makes up for with enthusiasm! When she’s not tweeting from OTL events, she’s probably hanging out with her golden doodle Rufus or exploring the city on her bicycle.
Repair Café Coordinator
Rachel is keen to help facilitate spaces where people of all ages, backgrounds, and beliefs can come together for a common goal. Although new to the Repair Café world, Rachel loves the grassroots, volunteer-led change that they bring – connecting people to people, people to skills, and people to the environment! She is always down to chat about accessible spaces & sustainable places, travel adventures, homemade pasta, immersive learning, and quality coffee!
Bob has been volunteering with the OTL for several years, first as a Tool Ninja and more recently as our WorkSpace Coordinator. Bob is an expert craftsman and a passionate advocate for safety. He is responsible for designing the space as well as creation and delivery of our WorkSpace safety courses.
Chief Tool Doctor
Cliff can often be found in our Tool Hospital, fixing broken tools or assessing new donations when he's not improving the layout or functioning of the library or providing expert advice.
As a volunteer-driven organization, we rely on Kirsten to coordinate onboarding and training our amazing volunteers for the many positions throughout the OTL.
Donation & Recycling Coordinator
Brian coordinates the triage of donations with our Tool Doctors, ensuring that all tools are quickly assessed for safety before being placed in our inventory. Moreover, he sets surplus tools aside for our programs or prepares them for sale. Anything that isn't serviceable he and the team disassemble for recycling. As a passionate cycling advocate, Brian does this all on his trusty bike!