About Room to Read Chapters

Room to Read depends on our chapter leaders and chapter members to help us achieve our annual fundraising goal and to represent Room to Read. Our chapters are comprised of groups of individuals who have made a long-term volunteer commitment to promoting Room to Read within their networks and communities. The chapters organize annual fundraising events, introduce us to potential corporate, foundation and individual supporters and act as representatives for Room to Read within their area.

About the 

Welcome to the Edmonton Chapter! Our volunteers became inspired to get involved with Room to Read after hearing John Wood speak about Room to Read and its mission, after reading his book, or after learning about Room to Read from a Room to Read fan.
The Chapter was formed in June 2008. It had its Launch event in Nov. 2008 at the new Lois Hole Library. We were honoured to have Jim Hole as the Guest Speaker. Laurie Greenwood was the M.C.
Our goals for 2013 include holding several intimate events as well as spreading the awareness of our charitable work through out our community. We also hope to get schools excited about doing fund raising for Room to Read.

Meet the  Chapter Leaders

Amanda Martin
Amanda works as an International Marketing & Communications Coordinator, which reflects on her passion for reading initiatives in a global capacity. She is excited for her new role as a Room to Read Chapter Leader and looks forward to increasing the involvement of the Edmonton community.

Upcoming Events

Event Photos


Past Events

Beers for Books Trivia Night:  June 3, 2015 Our popular night of brewery tours, trivia, food and camaraderie raised $1750!

Giving with Style - November 15, 2014
A fantastic evening of wine, appetizers, chocolate, and live music.

Oktoberfest fundraiser
- in partnership with Alberta Beer Festivals

September 10, 2014
- Beers for Books Trivia Night -

September 6, 2014
- City Market

August 9, 2014
- Old Strathcona Farmers Market

July 30, 2014
- Sherwood Park Farmers Market 

June 22, 2014 - Callingwood Farmers Market

April 10, 2014
Book Swap - join us for our first ever Book Swap!  Bring a book with a note about why you love it, have some wine, and take a new book to enjoy!  All of this while raising money for a great cause.

March 1, 2014
Barre Fitness fundraiser - come and check out this latest fitness craze.  A combination of pilates, ballet, and yoga - a great way to get in shape while giving the children of Asia and Africa access to education.

November 9, 2013
Come and visit us at the Old Strathcona Farmers Market!  We will be there spreading the word about our work and selling used books to raise funds for Room to Read projects.

June 2013

Beers for Books Trivia Night event - June 20, 2013, from 5:30 - 9:00 at Yellowhead Brewery.
Join us for a fun evening of trivia, food, and socializing. $2 from every beer sold will support Room to Read.   A free brewery tour is included with every ticket sold! 

Namaste Global yoga fundraiser

Yogalife Studios:  Proceeds from every Karma class in June will go to this fundraiser

May 2013

"Educate Girls, Change the World" movie viewing
A viewing of the movie, “Girl Rising” with a lively discussion of our Girls Education Program and how you can make a difference in the life of girl. 

January 2013

We danced our way to $600 for Room to Read!   Thanks to Kerri Tulloch for all her hard work setting up and running this great fundraiser, as well as to our fabulous Zumba instructors.   


Education Changes Everything: An Evening With Emily Leys, Director, Room to Read Girls' Education Program

Room to Read-a-thon at Ecole Campbelltown School in Sherwood Park for raising an amazing $6500! They decided to build a Reading Room and supply it with local language books as well hire and train a local librarian for $5000. The remaining money will be put towards educating 6 girls for a girl as a cost of $250 per girl. 


Room to Read-a-Thon at Blessed Kateri.  Congratulations for raising more than $2400! 

Beers for Books at Ceili's pub northside.  We raised enough money to buy more than 1000 books for children in India.
Nova Musica Spring Concert  was dedicated to Room to Read, and donations were accepted at the door.  

Girls Night Out - Arabian Nights  We had a fun night with dinner, a silent auction and belly dancing entertainment. 

Project Read:  An evening at Blush Lounge including a Silent Auction raised money for a library in Laos. 


John Wood wows Edmonton - Oct. 5-6, 2009

John Wood, Founder of Room To Read, spent two hectic days in Edmonton, including a business luncheon, an interview on Breakfast TV, a Read-In Event where John read Room to Read books to sixty elementary school students and a public presentation in the University of Alberta bookstore.  Thanks to John for coming to Edmonton to tell us the Room to Read story...

Terry Heidt set a Guinness World Record for doing Step-Ups with a 40 lb. pack on his back at West Edmonton Mall.  Proceeds raised were donated to Room to Read. 


The Chapter had its Launch Event in November 2008. MC Laurie Greenwood and Guest Speaker Jim Hole celebrated the love of reading and the value of literacy in the beautiful new Lois Hole Library.





Get Involved with the Chapter!

Volunteer with your local chapter: We're thrilled to hear of your interest in getting involved with the chapter! Volunteering with a Room to Read chapter is not only a great way to help further Room to Read's mission, but also to meet new people! Volunteer opportunities include helping to plan events, giving small presentations about Room to Read's work, and introducing Room to Read to new supporters! If you would like to learn more, please update your profile by filling out the Volunteer Form.


Organize your own fundraiser or start an online campaign: Whether you’re running a race, encouraging wedding guests to donate in lieu of gifts, hosting a party at your home, or raising money just because you believe in our mission, the personalized fundraising tool will allow you share the Room to Read story with your friends and family through your own web pages and email messages. You can also track the success of your email campaigns and your progress towards your fundraising goal. Check out our Friends Asking Friends section!



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