Program Coordinator

Founder & Director

Carol Finlay (O Ont.) is an Anglican priest and former teacher at both high school and university levels. She helped launch a number of book clubs in her community before she started the book clubs in prisons. She is the current national CSC recipient of the Charles Taylor Award for Volunteerism.

Carol Finlay (O Ont.) is an Anglican priest and former teacher at both high school and university levels. She helped launch a number of book clubs in her community before she started the book clubs in prisons. She is the current national CSC recipient of the Charles Taylor Award for Volunteerism.

 
Sophia Reuss  is a freelance writer and advocacy journalist based in Toronto. She's an urban explorer, bookworm, and coffee fanatic. Sophia holds a Bachelor's of Arts from McGill University.

Sophia Reuss  is a freelance writer and advocacy journalist based in Toronto. She's an urban explorer, bookworm, and coffee fanatic. Sophia holds a Bachelor's of Arts from McGill University.

 
 

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.

 

 

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."


BOARD OF Directors

The Rt. Hon. Adrienne Clarkson Honorary Chair

The Rt. Hon. Adrienne Clarkson Honorary Chair

Bryan Finlay, Q.C. Chair

Bryan Finlay, Q.C.
Chair

Ian Grant  Former book club member

Ian Grant 
Former book club member

Brian Greenspan Criminal lawyer

Brian Greenspan
Criminal lawyer

Dr. John Wright Retired CEO of Scarborough Hospital

Dr. John Wright
Retired CEO of Scarborough Hospital

Patrick Shaw President and Managing Director, Blyth Academy

Patrick Shaw
President and Managing Director, Blyth Academy

Justice Mary Lou Benotto

Justice Mary Lou Benotto

Janice Wright Lawyer

Janice Wright
Lawyer

Dr. David Payne Oncologist

Dr. David Payne
Oncologist

Elizabeth Barr Lawyer and fundraiser extraordinaire

Elizabeth Barr
Lawyer and fundraiser extraordinaire

Greg Payne Investment Manager

Greg Payne
Investment Manager