National Volunteer Week 2018
March 8th is International Women’s Day. It is a day to celebrate women and their achievements throughout history and across nations.
This week, and every week, we at BCFI celebrate and affirm the women our book club facilitators meet with on a monthly basis at Nova, Joliette, Grand Valley, Fraser Valley Institution for Women, and Okimaw Ochi Healing Lodge. In monthly book discussions, our volunteers learn from and grow with the women doing time in our federal correctional facilities. As together they delve into books, facilitators see courage and honesty in action, perseverance and hope in the midst of difficult situations, and thoughtful and articulate engagement.
When asked to describe women book club participants, the following words have been suggested by BCFI facilitators: curious, introspective, resilient, engaged, hard-working, honest, funny, opinionated, warm, grateful, sensitive, and delightful. (Not necessarily a list that people in the larger community might associate with women who are incarcerated in federal prisons.)
Over this past year, some of the books that have impacted the lives of women book club participants have been:
- The Glass Castle
- All My Puny Sorrows
- Woefield Poultry Collective
- Can’t We talk About Something More Pleasant
- # 1 Ladies Detective Agency
- Writing My Wrongs
- The Power of Meaning
- A Dog's Purpose
We encourage you to read along with our women and explore some of the books and ideas that have been part of their lives over this past year.
On March 8th, celebrate with us all women, both inside and outside of our correctional facilities, here in Canada and around the world.
Read about author Elizabeth Copeland's visit to our Dorchester book club.
A collection of poetry and drawings from our book club at Bowden Institution in Alberta.
Lawrence Hill, award-winning Canadian novelist and author of The Book of Negroes, visited two of our book clubs this past month. Hear what Lawrence had to say about the experience!
Bowden book club members turn to collective poetry-writing to reflect on The Water Knife.
On March 5, former book club member and poet Jarrod Shook recorded his poem I was in prison and you visited me at CBC's Ottawa studio for Michael Enright's "The Sunday Edition." Listen to the broadcast here and read about Jarrod's experience, in his own words, in this blog post!