Our People


We have a very passionate and committed group of volunteers. Volunteers staff the Books for Me! locations and assist in running book drives and sorting books.

If you would like to volunteer please contact us at booksformevancouver@gmail.com.

Please contact Mary Ann if you are interested in volunteering at a program location.

Contact Dana for more information on book drives and sorting books.

Board of Directors

Mary Ann Cummings - President

Mary AnnMary Ann was a lawyer for 30 years, is now retired, and lives in Vancouver. She is a founding member of Books for Me! and strongly believes that early literacy is the path to success for many children. Mary Ann also serves as a Director and Secretary for KidCareCanada Society, a non-profit, registered charity, that translates current research and applies technology to produce educational resources that are relevant to 21st Century new parents.
Photo credit by Majid Bagneri.

Ann Charlton - Vice President

AnnAnn Charlton is President of Full Circle Project Services Ltd, an event planning company founded in 1991 and based in the Vancouver area. She has managed events for corporate and non-profit clients in BC, the US and Australia. Her community commitments are varied, and include involvement as a volunteer speaker with Family Services of Vancouver, past Executive Board membership at the United Way of the Lower Mainland, and as a founding Board member of Books for Me!

Dana Hirst - Secretary

Dana HirstDana is passionate about literacy and is always looking for opportunities to share that passion with others. Prior to her founding role with Books for Me!, Dana volunteered with Big Sisters, her children's school advisory council, and other local community organizations. Before she retired from paid employment, Dana worked as a Communications Specialist for organizations such as BC Housing and the Alberta Forest Products Association.

Michelle Yang - Treasurer

Michelle YangMichelle works as a senior accountant at KPMG and currently lives in Vancouver. A dedicated reader herself, she believes in the knowledge and joy that can be inspired in children with every book. In the past, she has been involved in Young Women in Business, which provides networking opportunities for young business professionals and Access Pro Bono, an organization that provides free legal advice to lower income individuals.

Shar Levine - Director

Shar LevineShar Levine is an internationally award-winning and best- selling author of children's science books and science toys/kits. A complete listing of her 70 publications can be found on her web site www.sciencelady.com. Shar and her writing partner, Leslie Johnstone shared the 2006 Eve Savory Award for Science Communication and two of their books were short listed for the Subaru Prize. Shar has served as the President of the Children's Writers and Illustrators of BC Society and sits on the national board of the Canadian Children's Book Centre. As of June 2016 Shar has been appointed as a member of the Order of Canada.

Alanna Wong - Director

Alanna WongAlanna has taught elementary students in Vancouver and Langley for over 30 years. She was also a Teacher Librarian for the last 10 years and has recently retired. Alanna has been involved with the VSB's district literacy initiatives and the literacy goals of several elementary schools. She is passionate about literacy and believes it is the foundation for all other learning.

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