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 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. 

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.

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.

Brooklyn Buchanan

Brooklyn Buchanan (Social Media Coordinator)

Brooklyn has been working in communications and social media for the past 10 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 tending to the world’s smallest balcony garden or talking to you about a podcast she enjoys.

Brooklyn Buchanan

Carly Pereira (Event Coordinator)

Carly Pereira wishes she could talk Ottawa Tool Library 2×4/7. She cannot put a tape measure to her love of the sustainability, community building and DIY knowledge that this organization brings to Ottawa. She has been nailin’ it with OTL since late 2017 and loves it more than a drill bit. As organizer of workshops and various events, she tries to be an Allen Key member of the team and, as she will tell you, whether you’ve asked or not, she never saw a better bunch to volunteer with! As for the team, they’d say she’s always smiling, even when wrenches are being thrown.

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