It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of one of our volunteers, Margaret Reimer. Margaret was a BCFI volunteer for 10 years and started the book club at Grand Valley Institution for Women in Kitchener. We would like to share some words written by her friend Kathy, another BCFI volunteer:
“For almost a decade, I had the privilege of co-leading our monthly Book Club for Inmates with Marg. During this shared time together in prison, and preparing for it, all of us- volunteers and inmates alike--came to appreciate Marg as an advocate for women and family relationships. For Marg, it was never just about literature, but how our shared exploration of books made us human. Her counsel into our book selections was thoughtful, flexible and sensitive. As recently as 10 days ago, when on a Saturday morning we visited over tea in her home, she offered ideas as to what she thought would and would not work for the 2019/20 season, and expressed concern that we not overwhelm the members with difficult topics. I will dearly miss her clear points of view, her modest eloquence and her persistent, articulate arguments promoting literature that was both of high quality and accessible to all. But finally, after all, mostly, I will miss her as a friend.”
We are so grateful to Margaret Reimer for her dedication to our programs. She will be dearly missed.