The Book Bank had a special visitor at the beginning of April – someone who has been a longtime supporter of our organization through book drives in London, Ontario.

For the past three years, Ontario’s Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Deb Matthews, has hosted a children’s book donation drop-off at her MPP office.   This visit was the first opportunity for Kim Beatty, Founder and Executive Director of the Book Bank, to meet Deb Matthews and thank her in person.

Matthews’ efforts to collect children’s books were motivated by trips she made to First Nations communities in Northern Ontario with former Lieutenant Governor James Bartleman.  She recognized the need for books in her own backyard in London, Ontario and throughout southern Ontario.

“Literacy really is the key to success. If you can’t read and write, your options are severely limited,” said Matthews. “Books are a great passion of mine because reading opens a world of ideas and adventures, and I know the people of London will once again be generous and eager to share.”

We’d like to thank Deb Matthews for finding ways to transport the thousands of gently-used books she collected from London to our storefront at 350 Berkeley.