Founder

Rev. Dr. Carol Finlay, O. Ont., M.S.M.

  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.

 

VOLUNTEERS

Book Clubs for Inmates (BCFI) is supported by over 90 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.

Read about some of our volunteers:


Honorary Chairs of the Board

   Ian Binnie,  CC Q.C.   Honorary Chair  Eminent retired Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. Ian has been a supporter of BCFI since its beginning. 

Ian Binnie, CC Q.C.
Honorary Chair
Eminent retired Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. Ian has been a supporter of BCFI since its beginning. 

  Margaret Atwood   Honorary Chair  Canada’s preeminent writer. Her novels are dearly loved by BCFI’s book clubs members. As well, she has been an outspoken advocate of the prison farms, and has written about prison conditions for women in her 1996 novel, Alias Grace, and about performing Shakespeare in prison in her 2016 novel, Hag-Seed, currently being adapated for performance by Prison Performing Arts in St. Louis, Missouri.

Margaret Atwood

Honorary Chair

Canada’s preeminent writer. Her novels are dearly loved by BCFI’s book clubs members. As well, she has been an outspoken advocate of the prison farms, and has written about prison conditions for women in her 1996 novel, Alias Grace, and about performing Shakespeare in prison in her 2016 novel, Hag-Seed, currently being adapated for performance by Prison Performing Arts in St. Louis, Missouri.

 

BOARD OF Directors

   Bryan Finlay  Q.C.  Senior Counsel

Bryan Finlay Q.C.
Senior Counsel

   John McKeller   C.M., Q.C.  John is a well-known and highly regarded leader in the world of charities and the arts. From Chair of the Canada Council through innumerable awards to recently receiving from the Governor General The Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for Volunteerism in the Performing Arts, John’s contribution has been widely recognized.

John McKeller C.M., Q.C.

John is a well-known and highly regarded leader in the world of charities and the arts. From Chair of the Canada Council through innumerable awards to recently receiving from the Governor General The Ramon John Hnatyshyn Award for Volunteerism in the Performing Arts, John’s contribution has been widely recognized.

   Paul Haslip  FGDC Designer & Educator

Paul Haslip FGDC
Designer & Educator

   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

   David Baker   David is Canada’s leading advocate for those with disabilities and for those who struggle for inclusion in our society. 

David Baker
David is Canada’s leading advocate for those with disabilities and for those who struggle for inclusion in our society. 

   Sharon McFadzean   Sharon is a retired high school teacher, lives in the Kingston area, and facilitates a thriving book club at Bath Institution.

Sharon McFadzean
Sharon is a retired high school teacher, lives in the Kingston area, and facilitates a thriving book club at Bath Institution.