Selection Committees


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The Forest of Reading has eight individual selection committees that are tasked with selecting the annual nominated lists for children and adults. After reviewing all applications, the OLA appoints the committees to read, reviews and recommend Canadian books that meet the selection criteria and are deemed to be the best available titles for a given year, in a given program.

Terms of Reference - Committee
Terms of Reference - Committee Chairs

Timelines

The timeline for each Award varies due to the reading demands for each program. Below is the schedule of reading:
  • Blue Spruce – April to June
  • Silver Birch – November to August
  • Red Maple – October to August
  • White Pine – September to August
  • Le Prix Peuplier – February to August
  • Le Prix Tamarac – February to August
  • Golden Oak – December to July
  • Evergreen – February to December
The final lists for the school-aged programs and Golden Oak are announced on October 15th. The final list for Evergreen is announced during Ontario Public Library Week (starting in 2017).

Selection Committee Timeline & Reading Requirements Chart

2018 Selection Committees

Co-Chairs of the Forest of Reading®
Ruth Gretsinger, District School Board of Niagara
Isabelle Hobbs, Durham District School Board


Blue Spruce Award™

Becky Jenkins (Co-Chair)
Sarah Oesch (Co-Chair)
Bill Tryphonopoulos, Brandy Spencer, Brenda MacNaughton, Carla Warnholtz, Diane Mackay, Elizabeth Caione, Erica Rodd, Isabelle Hobbs, Johanna Gibson-Lawler, Josie Norton, Katelyn Granger, Kendra Cutting, Kim Haney, Kim Worobec, Lori Pierce, Luisa Esposito-Karantakis, Michelle Perrone-Bonavita, Sherri Norris



Silver Birch Fiction Award®

Peggy Thomas (Co-Chair)
Lauren Flattery (Co-Chair)
Agnieszka Marszalek, Barbara Kassies, Constance McIelwain, Corrina McGill, Donna Lynch, Emily Brady, Jenn Marinacci, Laurel McCaig, Rashed Ahmad, Ruth Gretsinger, Stefanie Lawson
 

Silver Birch Non-Fiction Award®

Donna Lynch (Co-Chair)
Tony Duval (Co-Chair)
Donna Millard, Erin Anderson, Kate Morrison, Luisa Esposito-Karantakis, Lynn Wisniewski, Sonia Doyon


Red Maple Fiction Award™ 

Jenn Hubbs (Co-Chair)
Jean-Anne Symak (Co-Chair)
Isabelle Hobbs, Jessica Longthorne, Josie Norton, Karen Upper, Katelyn Granger, Kim Elliott, Laura Orford, Leah Ed Pisano, Luisa Esposito-Karantakis, Samantha Dillane, Serena McGovern, Stephanie Park, Theresa Power, Vicki Von Ruben, Myra Junyk



White Pine Award™

Theresa Power (Co-Chair)
Caroline Ducanson (Co-Chair)
Amy Mathers, Angela Thompson, Corina Surcel, Enid Wray, Jade Noble, Karen Whiteman, Liz Gilbert, Mary Burbridge, Melissa McCardle, Ruth Marinelli, Serena McGovern, Susan O'Brien



Evergreen Award™ 

Kathryn Lee (Chair)
Carrie Benbow, Jeff Dodge, Katrina Doktor, Colleen Kelly, Erin Kernohan-Berning, Christine MacArthur, Caroline Moynihan, Emily Weiskopf-Ball, Stephanie McPherson



Golden Oak Award™

Gail Kavelman (Chair)
Bonnie Foster-Abel, Kate Morrison, Katie Hill, Lynella James, Myra Junyk, Nicole Coker, Romaine Honey, Sherri Ryan, Suzanne Alimoglu



Le Prix Tamarac Award

Eugenia Doval (Chair)
Carlie Myher, Guillaume Brien-Regimbald, Jeannette Weatherill, Julie Demers, Linda Murray, Lisa Scordino, Luisa Esposito-Karantakis, Margaret Mary Conlon, Nathalie Cazenave-Dit-Berdot, Sonia Doyon

Le Prix Tamarac Express Award

Evy Gambin (Chair)
Carlie Myher, Eugenia Doval, Guillaume Brien-Regimbald, Isabelle Wathier, Jeannette Weatherill, Julie Demers, Linda Murray, Lisa Scordino, Luisa Esposito-Karantakis, Margaret Mary Conlon, Nathalie Cazenave-Dit-Berdot, Sonia Doyon


Le Prix Peuplier Award

Diane Quessy (Chair)
Amanda Halfpenny-Lavender, Carlie Myher, Christine Fortin, Claudine Blanchard, Eugenia Doval, Guillaume Brien-Regimbald, Jeannette Weatherill, Julie Demers, Linda Murray, Lisa Scordino, Luisa Esposito-Karantakis, Lynn MacDonald, Margaret Mary Conlon, Nancie Bolduc, Nathalie Cazenave-Dit-Berdot, Sonia Doyon