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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENt: Carol Finlay named to Order of ontario


Book Clubs for Inmates (BCFI) is delighted to announce that our Founder and Director, Carol Finlay, has been appointed to the Order of Ontario. The Order of Ontario is the province’s highest honour, awarded to Ontarian who has shown outstanding qualities of individual excellence and achievement.

“It's a huge honour to be involved in BCFI. The award is really about all of our volunteers, wonderful and supportive Correctional Services Canada (CSC) staff, and our book club members,” says Carol.


Special Announcement


Book Clubs for Inmates (BCFI) is delighted to announce that it has recently received a grant from the RBC Foundation. The grant will enable BCFI to open book clubs in two more Aboriginal Healing Lodges, and support visiting writers to all four Aboriginal Healing Lodges. The grant will also aid BCFI in buying books for our many books clubs west of Ontario, where so many Indigenous peoples are incarcerated.

Thank you RBC Foundation for your generous gift!



BCFI is thrilled to thank Thomas Heintzman OC, a retired litigation lawyer, who collected nearly 4,000 books from neighbours, colleagues, and friends during a month-long book drive for Beaver Creek Institution's library. Tom sent out over 200 emails asking for donations of the books requested by inmates, and also collected dictionaries, reference books, text books, cook books, and more. Today, Thomas loaded the books into a moving truck and drove them up to the library. Many thanks to everyone who donated books! Thank you, Tom!



BCFI is excited to announce that one of our book club members, and scholarship recipients has recently graduated with his university degree! Congratulations on this amazing accomplishment!

Northumberland resident Carol Finlay named to the Order of Ontario
Northumberland News
December, 2016


The darkness inside Canada's prisons
CBC Sunday Edition
April, 2016


Carol wins CSC's highest volunteer honour
The Kingston Whig-Standard
April, 2014

How Carol Finlay is freeing the minds of prisoners


Books Behind Bars
The Kingston Whig-Standard


Bringing Books to Inmates
Open Book Toronto


Breaking Down Barriers in the Big House