Jeffrey Li has been playing chess since elementary school, where he competed on the school team. Entering high school, he continued his involvement by joining Chess in the Library as a volunteer at the Bridlewood Branch. Attending the weekly sessions over the course of a year, he gradually came to realize and appreciate Chess in the Library’s ability to bring together the community and provide opportunities for people to learn and play chess in a friendly and supportive environment.
Excited to take on a leadership role, he applied for the position of junior vice president and was elected to vice president the next year. This year, he is proud and excited to serve as the president of CITL.
As president, Jeffrey is responsible for organizing all Chess in the Library events and tournaments as well as acting as its main spokesman. He also leads the rest of the executive team in running and improving the organization, as well as bringing the program to new libraries.
He aims to continue expanding the program and make the organization more efficient. By increasing communication between the executive team and each individual branch, CITL can provide a better experience for volunteers, participants, and hosting libraries. He is honoured to have the chance to work on several projects with an exceptionally hardworking team and is looking forward to present the results.
Outside of the organization, Jeffrey is an avid debater and loves reading. He is a grade 12 student in the IB program at Bayview Secondary School. When not working on Chess in the Library related projects, he can probably be found organizing meetings for his school’s debate club or struggling under the weight of an endless wave of homework.