We welcome new members and community support for our work. The volunteers below will help you get involved in our different projects. All contacts listed can be reached by emailing us at gelaprisonproject AT gmail DOT com. As volunteers, we try to respond to requests and questions within a week of contact.
Allison Sivak and Liz Fulton-Lyne: Prison Liaisons
- Liz arranges for guard memo updates and communicates with the program officers on programs in general. She also ensures security clearance for committee meetings at the prison, and for public tours. Allison communicates with public and volunteers, monitors email, and refers requests for training and all other inquiries as appropriate.
Ashley Eisen: Adult Literature Book Club
- Ashley coordinates the adult literature Book Clubs that take place in the general population.
Sara Buczynski: YA Book Club
- Sara coordinates the Young Adult literature book club in the general population.
Meg DeForest: EPL Book Borrowing Project
- Meg works with EPL to bring in the materials prisoners request and to update wish lists on the blog.
Allison Sivak: Treasurer
- Allison organizes our accounting, liaises with the Treasurer of GELA, and meets with the GELA Executive and auditor at least once a year to ensure good financial practices and communication.
Sharla Funk: Storybook Project
- Sharla coordinates the Storybook project in the Minimum, Main and Secure Units including writing documentation and scheduling meetings.
Liz Fulton-Lyne: Collections Team
- The collection team assists with collection development. It works with the inmate librarian and CSC staff to ensure that the library’s collection meets the recreational, cultural, spiritual, personal, educational and information needs of its community. This team maintains the donations wishlists and liaises with donors.
Jessica Thorlakson: Writing Workshop, Edmonton Remand Centre
- This is a monthly creative writing workshop with the two Boot Camp Pods at the ERC. Our sessions are informal and focus on creating a space for writing. Inmates are free to participate however they choose, whether it is just sitting in to listen, or sometimes sharing their own writing with the group.
Jackie Clark: Book Clubs, Fort Saskatchewan Correctional Centre (FSCC)
- Book clubs are offered for men (second and fourth Tuesday of the month, 6:30-8:30pm) and for women (Thursday afternoons, 1:30-3:30pm).
Lauren MacLean: Writing Club, FSCC
- Writing Club takes place twice monthly on Wednesday mornings.