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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.
Meet a volunteer book club facilitator from Collins Bay Minimum Institution, Jaspreet Tambar:
"As a doctoral candidate in literature my past decade of conversations on poetry and novels has been determined by an academic setting, but my time with BCFI has offered unique perspectives from such members of our society who don’t normally have the opportunity to talk about books, and I in turn have obtained the opportunity to share my passion with them.
I continue to work with BCFI not only because of its interests in literacy and the development of critical and affective thinking, but also because its programme has always been highly ambitious, smart, and respectful. Besides its continued growth and reputation, the success of BCFI can be measured by the testimonials of many of the hundreds of inmates who are members of the book clubs and by the constant loyalty of volunteers such as myself who can ever swear by its integrity."