November 11, 2015
Annual Fundraiser at Dr. John Wright and Dr. Chung-Wai Chow's Home
October 15, 2014
Annual Fundraiser at Brian and Marla Greenspan's Condo
Below: Avie Bennett with Sheilagh Rogers; former book club member and current board member Ian Grant with writer Robert Hough; Jennifer Lavers, former book club member Kevin, and Mark Davidson.
April 17, 2014
Carol presented with Correctional Service Canada's highest volunteer honour, the Taylor Award.
Below: Carol with BCFI volunteers and book clubs members at Bath Institution; Tom, a book club member at Bath, entertains the group with his fiddle.
October 2, 2013
Annual Fundraiser at Jocelyn and Peter Allen's home
Frequent visitor to the book clubs, Lawrence Hill is honoured as this year's Massey lecturer. All guests receive a copy of Hill's book: Blood: The Stuff of Life.
Below: former book club members Kevin, John, and Ian; John with writer Lawrence Hill.
In Conversation with Broadcaster Eric Friesen and former inmate Ian Grant
Broadcaster Eric Friesen and former inmate Ian Grant, were the guests of honour at a fundraiser for Book Clubs for Inmates hosted by Cathy and Bill Graham in Toronto. Friesen and Grant spoke about the initiative in an interview-style presentation to an audience that included authors Lawrence and Miranda Hill, and more than 40 guests.
Below: volunteer Eric Friesen with Alan Lenczner and Ian Grant; Jocelyn Allen, Ian, Brian Greenspan, and Marla Berger; Don Milne and Cathy Graham; Patrick Hodgson, Kevin, Brenda and Wilf Dinnick.
An Evening with Ian Binnie
Justice Ian Binnie, newly retired from the Supreme Court of Canada, was the guest of honour at a fundraiser for Book Clubs for Inmates hosted by Carol and Bryan Finlay in Toronto. He spoke in support of the initiative to a gathering that included Honorary Chair, The Rt. Hon. Adrienne Clarkson, authors Lawrence and Miranda Hill, and more than 70 guests.
Below: Miranda and Lawrence Hill with Terry O'Sullivan; Trisha Jackson, Gabrielle Richards, and Ian Binnie; Adrienne Clarkson with Eric Friessen.
Pairing with a Book Club Outside of Prison
A Toronto women’s book club has matched half of its 2011-2012 reading list to that of the Collins Bay Book Club and is swapping responses to the books with the inmates. Both clubs discussed The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck in November. “I don’t think I have ever read a book that described so compellingly the sense of being trapped in a situation that is beyond changing – and totally hopeless” wrote one of the women. And one of the inmates wrote: “It made me think about my family’s own struggle and what we went through to get from Jamaica to Canada and America”.
A Christmas Carol with Michael Enright and Many More
Book Clubs for Inmates organized a reading of A Christmas Carol at Collins Bay Institution and Frontenac Institution. Broadcast celebrities, Michael Enright and Judy Maddren joined local figures Jim Garrard, Director of the Kingston Summer Festival, Chris Whyman, Kingston Town Crier, and others to read for the two productions. About 100 inmates attended each event.