Steering Committee



The Forest of Reading has ten individual steering committees that are tasked with responsibilities once the nominated lists have been confirmed. They are the ambassadors of the Forest and they work closely with the nominated authors, illustrators, and publishers. In most cases, they are also practitioners running the programs.

Note: OLA strives to ensure that its staff, committees, and councils are diverse and inclusive in order to best serve the Ontario library community. There is immense value in bringing together various perspectives and ideas. OLA seeks out participation from members with different library experience; members from all regions of Ontario; Indigenous Peoples; and members with diverse backgrounds including but not limited to age, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, and ability. If you have any questions about getting involved, please contact the OLA staff liaison for the committee/council.


The timeline for the school aged programs varies from the adult programs. Below is the schedule:

  • School-aged programs – September to May
  • Evergreen Program – January to October

2023 Steering Committees

Co-Chairs of the Forest of Reading®

Ruth Gretsinger, District School Board of Niagara
Isabelle Hobbs, Durham District School Board (retired)

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Blue Spruce Award™

Stephanie Lamb (Chair)
Carrie Fish, Dani Austin, Lisa Ainsworth, Mackenzie Hilton, Natasha Rankin, Sandra Lewis, Tessie Burton, Wendy Burch Jones

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Silver Birch Express Award®

Brenda Reed & Kate Tuff (Co-Chairs)
Anne-Marie Sista, Luisa Esposito-Karantakis, Rahima Nulla

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Silver Birch Fiction Award®

Lisa Lewis ( Chair)
Kavita Verma, Courtney Decker

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Yellow Cedar Award

Susan Wallwork (Chair)
Anne-Marie Sisti, James Steeves, Luisa Esposito-Karantakis

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Red Maple Award™

Ashley Pamenter & Faith Roebuck Shergold (Co-Chairs)
 Helen Collins, James Steeves, Jess Longthorne, Kimberly De Witte, Melissa Bogaert

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White Pine Award™

Kara Miley & Ashley Pamenter (Co-Chairs)
Anastasia Lainas-Hayward, Christine Lavalee, Diana Williams, Jason Himsl, Kristi Simpson, Serena McGovern

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Le prix Peuplier

Claudine Blanchard, Evy Gambin, Eugenia Doval (Chairs)

Le prix Meleze Award Logo

Le prix Mélèze 

Evy Gambin, Claudine Blanchard, Eugenia Doval (Chairs)

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Le prix Tamarac

Eugenia Doval, Claudine Blanchard, Evy Gambin (Chairs)

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Evergreen Award™

Enid Wray & Julie Wendland (Co-Chairs)