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.

Paul Bourget

Paul Bourget

In 2013, Paul facilitated the opening of a Book Club for Inmates at Stony Mountain Institute, near his home city of Winnipeg. With his background of 26 years managing with prisons for youth, Paul had extensive experience with the correctional system and could understand issues and concerns ‘from both sides of the bars’. Even before the club started, he knew that men serving long sentences often felt lonely and abandoned – and that a book club had the power to make a difference in their lives.

Paul has not only stayed a part of this book club, he also helped establish another club for men in minimum security. Read more about Paul.


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