Sharing the Joy of Reading with an African Child
for 25 years

Reflections From Past Volunteers

PennyPenny Dennis of Wickford, Essex, England, spent two mornings a week for two months teaching literacy classes to adults at the Kathy Knowles Community Library. (2016) More
Alastair_thumbnailAlastair Knowles, a professional performer from Vancouver, British Columbia, conducted two one-week long workshops with young performers from the Nima Centre and Korle Gonno Community Library. (2015) More
Stephanie_100x100Stephanie Morin-Robert, a professional dancer from Montreal, Quebec, conducted two one-week-long workshops with young performers from the Nima Centre and Korle Gonno Community Library. (2015) More
H and I thumbnailjpgHeather and Islando Sparks, dynamic artists from Vancouver, British Columbia and Bellingham, USA, spent three weeks preparing for the 25th anniversary parade. (2015) More
Sally Bleecker_2015_thumbnailSally Bleecker of Ottawa, Ontario, spent five weeks in Goi. She returned to the same community and library that welcomed her only a year earlier. (2015) More
Sarah_thumbnailSarah Marquis of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, spent three weeks in Accra, including time at OCLF’s newest library in Korle Gonno, and three weeks in Goi. Her mother, Anne Simpson, travelled to Ghana as a volunteer in 2012. (2015) More
Sally_100x100Sally Bleecker of Ottawa, Ontario, spent her first two weeks in Accra at different libraries and then travelled to Goi for the remainder of her stay. (2014) More
Emily Ives_100x100Emily Ives of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, spent five weeks at the Kathy Knowles Community Library along with visiting five other OCLF-sponsored libraries in the Greater Accra region. (2014) More
George Hutchinson of Hampshire, United Kingdom, spent one month at the Kathy Knowles Community Library helping at their reading clinic and then visiting other libraries in Accra. (2013) More
Penny and Callie Giaccone of Ottawa, Ontario, returned to Ghana together for their 4th visit! They helped with the reading clinic at the Kathy Knowles Community Library in Accra. (2013) More
Anne Simpson of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, did poetry workshops, helped theatre director Martin Legend with his ambitious first novel and spent two weeks helping in Goi. (2012) More
Alice Moulton, a Canadian volunteer with OCLF for the past 12 years, and her husband, Ed, from Winnipeg, Manitoba, attended the 20th anniversary of the Kathy Knowles Community Library and visited numerous library projects. (2012) More
Penny and Callie Giaccone of Ottawa, Ontario, returned to Ghana following their volunteer placement in 2011 along with sister Sophia. They went to Goi, and were welcomed back. (2012) More
Nelly Amenyogbe of Vancouver, British Columbia, spent one week in Goi and time visiting other OCLF libraries. Like her brother, Andrew, who volunteered in 2011, she had the opportunity to visit libraries that her father, Roger Amenyogbe, had designed. She also enjoyed time dancing with the Kathy Knowles Theatre Company Ltd. at the Nima Centre. (2012) More
Penny and Callie Giaccone of Ottawa, Ontario, spent one month at different OCLF libraries in the Greater Accra region. (2011) More
Stacey-Ann Morris of Ottawa, Ontario, spent one week at the Nungua Library. (2011) More
Andrew Amenyogbe of Vancouver, British Columbia, spent three weeks helping out at both the Kathy Knowles Community Library and the new Accra College of Education Community Library.His father, Roger Amenyogbe, has been involved with OCLF for many years as an architect, including the design of the new library. (2011) More
Gillian, Sara, Julia and Alex Williamson  (with Emma, a librarian)of Ottawa, Ontario, spent a month in Ghana. They worked as two teams and divided their time between the Nungua library and the Kathy Knowles Community Library in Accra. (2010) More
Beth Cramer of Boone, North Carolina, spent one month visiting a number of OCLF libraries to do research for her Doctoral Dissertation on Educational Leadership at Appalachian State University. (2010) More
Marina Goodwin of Winnipeg, Manitoba, spent two months at the Kathy Knowles Community Library in Accra, and then spent a month at St. Cecilia R.C. School Library in Ho, the district capital of the Volta Region. (2010) More
Sophie Knowles of Toronto, Ontario, spent six weeks at the Nima Maamobi Community Learning Centre as the musical director for The Orphans of Qumbu, an African opera. (2009) More
Leila Osman of Ottawa, Ontario, spent one month at the Kathy Knowles Community Library, Accra. (2009) More
Stephi Bell of Ottawa, Ontario, spent one month at the Kathy Knowles Community Library, Accra. (2009) More
Susie Sarrasin of St. Malo, Manitoba, spent three weeks in Goi, a fishing village east of Accra. Her daughter Melissa Sarrasin designed the new Kathy Knowles Community Library, Goi. (2009) More
Kaitlan Knowles of Winnipeg, Manitoba, spent six weeks visiting various libraries in Accra. (2008) More
Elizabeth Giles of Marlboro, Vermont, spent five months at the St. Cecilia R.C. School in Ho.(2008) More
Janet Hogarth of Collingwood, Ontario, spent one month in Goi. (2008) More
Emilie Wall of Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, spent one month in Goi. (2008) More
Christine Jacobs, a librarian from Montreal, Quebec, spent part of her sabbatical year at the St. Cecilia School Library in Ho. (2007) More
Zani Showler of Ottawa, Ontario, spent four months at the Nungua Community Library, Accra. (2007) More
Rosanna Nicol of Ottawa, Ontario, spent four months at the Mamprobi Gale Community Library, Accra. (2007) More
Linda Hyde of St. Albert, Alberta, returned to Goi for a second visit in two years. (2007) More
Noreen Mian of Winnipeg, Manitoba, spent six months in Goi. (2006) Following her stay she wrote Otu Goes to Sea. More