About ILI

We are a student-led initiative that is striving to create equal representation for children of color in the literature in their classrooms. Since July 2020 we have been actively raising funds to purchase children’s books that are written by or feature people from the BIPOC community. In addition to monetary donations, we organize physical book drives and donation boxes within local supporting businesses and book stores.

We appreciate any support you may be able to give to support this important cause. Please reach out through our contact page if you have any questions or community feedback.

ILI Team

Madeline Antony


Madeline is a fourth year Biology Psychology student at the University of Victoria. She is originally from Calgary and spent much of her childhood in Fair’s Fair and the Calgary Public Library. This passion for books translated into volunteer positions tutoring elementary students in English reading and teaching STEM lessons to young adults with developmental disabilities. She hopes this project can allow children of all backgrounds to feel represented in their literature and find a similar passion in reading.

Hannah Antony


Hannah is a physiotherapist living and working in Calgary. She has always been an avid reader of all types of books and is enthusiastic about providing kids with the opportunity to have access to a wider range of books. She hopes this project will spark a interest in reading in young children, and allow their imaginations to be filled with new possibilities and ideas for their own futures.

If you’re a school teacher receiving book packages, you’ll probably be getting a visit from Hannah!

Ian McClellan


Ian McClellan is born and raised Calgarian currently in his fourth year of studies at the University of Calgary majoring in Communications and Political Science. He is a self-identified pop culture junkie with a love for all things fashion, entertainment and current events . When he is not busy studying or working, Ian enjoys the outdoors. In the winter catch him at the ski hill, and in the summer on the hiking trails, or more likely, a patio for a drink with friends. A casual reader, Ian appreciates a good “beach read” with a preference for fiction, especially period pieces. His favourite book is always the one he just finished. 

Ian is excited to be apart of the Inclusive Literature Initiative, believing every young person deserves to feel there are stories for them and that they feel seen in by their books. 

Sarah Blayney


Sarah is a fourth-year nursing student at Mount Royal University. She was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta and is passionate about creating equal opportunities for vulnerable populations. She believes literature to be a form of expression that every individual has the right to feel acquainted with. Sarah acknowledges literacy to be an integral part of education and childhood development.

Previous team members

Alex MacIsaac


Alex is a fourth year Development Studies and Political Science student at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia. She was born and raised in Calgary and is very passionate about education and community. Alex believes that visible and meaningful representation in all aspects of life, especially beginning in early childhood education, is fundamental in building confidence and encouraging students to become change-makers in their communities.