Founder

Rev. Dr. Carol Finlay O.Ont., M.S.M. is the Founder of Book Clubs for Inmates, now in its tenth year. She is also an Anglican priest and former high school and university professor. She has been involved in book clubs her whole adult life, and finds the prison book clubs and the discussions in them to be the most interesting ones of all.

Rev. Dr. Carol Finlay O.Ont., M.S.M. is the Founder of Book Clubs for Inmates, now in its tenth year. She is also an Anglican priest and former high school and university professor. She has been involved in book clubs her whole adult life, and finds the prison book clubs and the discussions in them to be the most interesting ones of all.

 
 
 

Executive director

For the past 30 years, Eileen has had the privilege of walking with men and women who are returning to the community post incarceration from both federal and provincial facilities. I am very honoured to be working with BCFI as I have heard first hand from individuals about the impact that book clubs have had on their lives.

For the past 30 years, Eileen has had the privilege of walking with men and women who are returning to the community post incarceration from both federal and provincial facilities. I am very honoured to be working with BCFI as I have heard first hand from individuals about the impact that book clubs have had on their lives.

Program coordinator

Program Coordinator Anita Grace assists BCFI's communications and administration. She has a background in English literature and is a PhD candidate in Law and Legal Studies, with a research focus on Canada's criminal justice system. 

Program Coordinator Anita Grace assists BCFI's communications and administration. She has a background in English literature and is a PhD candidate in Law and Legal Studies, with a research focus on Canada's criminal justice system. 


VOLUNTEERS

Book Clubs for Inmates (BCFI) is supported by over 80 volunteers who generously donate their time as book club facilitators, parolee support, readers, and others who have found a variety of ways to share their talents with BCFI.

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Louise joined BCFI in Sept 2016 as a book club facilitator at Joliette Institution for Women, and has now taken on the additional role of Reading Team Coordinator, heading a team of dedicated readers who produce our new reading list every year.

Louise says when she first started volunteering, she had no idea that incarcerated women would teach her far more than she could teach them, such as the tools to become a better person. "It’s not about books, although the books help to guide us. It’s about people, and people matter no matter where they live, and where they live does not define who they are.” Read more about Louise.


BOARD OF Directors

Bryan Finlay Q.C. Senior Counsel

Bryan Finlay Q.C.
Senior Counsel

John McKeller C.M., Q.C.

John McKeller C.M., Q.C.

Paul Haslip FGDC Designer & Educator

Paul Haslip FGDC
Designer & Educator

Jarrod Shook Former book club member and criminology student at Ottawa University

Jarrod Shook
Former book club member and criminology student at Ottawa University

Rev. Dr. Carol Finlay O.Ont., M.S.M. Book Clubs for Inmates Founder

Rev. Dr. Carol Finlay O.Ont., M.S.M.
Book Clubs for Inmates Founder