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"Check out" a person the same way you would a book and talk one-on-one with athletes, organizers, journalists, and others involved with the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Games.

One day, two locations

Saturday, May 30

Reserve a human "book" in advance, or drop by the day of the event:

"Human Books" at North York Central Library

North York Central Library directions

Amy Agulay, City of Toronto Project Coordinator for the Games

As a former Canadian National Team field hockey player, Amy can tell you about representing Canada from 2001-2005, how she earned 25 international cups and played in Olympic and World Cup qualifiers and the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games. She's currently Project Coordinator for the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games with the City of Toronto.

Kevin Arnsdorf, Sport Development Manager

Kevin is passionate about community sport with experience in developing programs & events from the local to international levels. He leads the TSC social media initiatives on twitter (@TOSportsCouncil) to enable sport in the City while teaching at Humber College in the sport management and recreation & leisure programs.

Francis Atta, Torch Bearer

Discover Francis' story of resilience; from being a homeless youth living in one of the roughest neighborhoods, to dropping out of school and getting involved with the law, he managed to rise above it all. He's an example of how the human spirit is stronger than any circumstance. Francis is a Torch Bearer for the TORONTO 2015 Games.

Phyllis Berck, Runner and Sports Advocate

A runner in more ways than one, Phyllis is a lifelong sports enthusiast and prominent speaker on equity and physical activity issues at home and abroad. She has worked in the not-for-profit and public sectors for much of her working life. She is currently the Director of the Toronto Office of Partnerships at the City of Toronto.

Jeff Carmichael, Canadian Sport Film Festival Manager

Find out why sports and film make for a winning combination. Jeff is the Partnerships Manager for the Canadian Sport Film Festival and has worked as Executive Director with the Toronto Sports Council after a career of more than 30 years with the City of Toronto in recreation and municipal sport development. He's also one of the producers/script writers of the animated educational short video Your Child in Sport.

Telise Carmichael, Athletic Therapist

Learn about injury prevention, assessment and rehabilitation from Telise, who has spent the last year as a Student Athletic Therapist with Waterloo's Women's Varsity Hockey team. Telise is a recent graduate from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Science in Honours Kinesiology.

Matthew Cutler, The 519 Sport Inclusion Director

What are the challenges of inclusivity in sports? How do you advocate for inclusive spaces especially in the world of sport? As Director, Strategic Partnership Initiatives, Matthew provides leadership to The 519's strategic communications efforts and special projects like PrideHouse Toronto and The 519 Recreation Centre, the world's first community recreation centre focused on sport inclusion.

Keith Davenport, TORONTO 2015 Games Director, Opening and Closing Ceremonies

What does it take to put on large-scale events and ignite imagination? Talk to Keith. His passion is producing public events, entertainment spectaculars, and corporate meetings around the globe. The Olympic Ceremonies, Super Bowl Half Time Shows, Parades, Pan American Ceremonies and Special Olympic World Games Ceremonies are just some of the events he's worked on, creating memorable experiences for billions of people.

David Goldstein, Sports Lawyer and Journalist

As a Toronto-based sports lawyer and journalist, David offers unique insights into drafting and negotiating playing contracts, endorsement agreements, management deals, and league constitutions.

Jamey Jewells, Athlete, Wheelchair Basketball

Wheelchair basketball is fast-paced, aggressive and hard-hitting. Jamey can tell you what it takes her to work hard both on and off the court to develop her skills and her reputation as a threat on both sides of the ball. She was first introduced to wheelchair basketball in 2007. Her passion for the game continues to this day.

Dayo Kefentse, TORONTO 2015 Games Manager, Media Relations

While there may be lots in the news about the Games, it takes quite a bit for it to get there! Go behind the scenes with Dayo Kefentse, one of the members of the TO2015 media relations team. With a responsibility to work with media to tell the TO2015 story, she'll share what it takes to translate the excitement of the Games into the news you read, hear and see every day.

Debbie Low, CEO, Canadian Sport Institute Ontario

Find out what it takes to oversee the province's first facility-based sport institute. As President and CEO of the Canadian Sport Institute Ontario, Debbie is responsible for its daily operation. She also leads the development and delivery of provincial and national high performance sport programs for the Province of Ontario.

Darryl McKenzie, TORONTO 2015 Games Vice-President, Volunteer Services

Volunteers make the Games happen. But can you imagine what it's like training 23,000 of them? As Vice-President, Volunteer Services with the Toronto Organizing Committee for the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, Darryl is responsible for developing an innovative volunteer program for the selection, training and deployment of Games-time volunteers.

Sheldon Sookdeo, NHL Hockey Scout

Score some one-on-one time with an OHL hockey scout. Sheldon played several years of ice hockey while growing up in East York area of Toronto. His scouting career started in May 2010 after completing Sports Management Worldwide's Hockey GM & Scouting Program. His training included: NHL and international scouting techniques, NHL and minor league hockey general manager practices, RinkNet Scouting Software, NHL collective bargaining agreements and statistical analysis.

Jessica Tudos, Educator, Speaker, Author, Olympian

Get inspired by Jessica, an Olympian turned edupreneur, motivational speaker, and author on a mission to empower kids, youth and adults to lead active, healthy and creative lives - in any direction. Jessica is passionate about activating lifelong learning and leading positive social change.

Cathy Vincelli, City of Toronto Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Operations

The Games are coming, and Cathy can tell you how she turned her passion for sport and recreation into becoming Project Director for the Games Operations. She has over 20 years of experience in Municipal Parks and Recreation, developing sport opportunities for athletes with physical disabilities through ParaSport Ontario, and being the Manager of the 2012 Ontario Summer Games.

Margaret Webb, Author

Can you get fitter at 50 than you've ever been in your life? Chat with Margaret, a nonfiction author, magazine editor and writer, journalist, fiction writer, screenwriter for film and TV, playwright and even a poet. Find out about her inspiring journey to get stronger, faster, and happier after she turned 50.

Natalie Wideman, Athlete, Softball

Talk to a Gold medal winner! Natalie Wideman played her minor league softball with the Mississauga North Tigers and competed in seven Canadian Championships, winning four Gold medals and one Bronze. She was named to the U19 Canadian Championship All-Star team in 2011. When asked what makes a team a champion, Wideman says: "Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, and working together is success."

"Human Books" at Parkdale Library

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Brent Chamberlain, Pan Am Path Board Member

Can a city the size of Toronto really come together? Find out from Brent, a passionate supported of inclusive city-building. He serves as Chair of the Friends of the Pan Am Path and has held a number of leadership positions in both the non-profit and private sectors.

Jason Faulknor, Athlete

Jason is an athlete who believes in the importance of giving back to our communities. He played for the North Toronto Huskies and the Ontario Basketball Association. In the summer of 2006, he played on the National Senior Men's Team and travelled to Montreal and Brazil. Jason continues to be involved in the community by coaching basketball, speaking to youth about attaining goals, doing basketball camps and giving back where help is needed.

Victor J. Garcia, TORONTO 2015 Games Board Member

Spend time with one of the "Ten Most Influential Hispanics in Canada." Victor is a frequent speaker at academic and business events around the world. He is recognized for his work in business, technology and innovation as well as his corporate social responsibility and community development. He's also a member of several trade missions, including Team Canada.

Michelle Hillier, Fit2Dance Founder and Creative Director

Explore the world of dance with Michelle. She's been in love with dance and movement for over three decades. After spending years in the classroom and on the professional performing stage, she is now a passionate, inspiring and innovative educational presenter and consultant to schools, boards, B.Ed. programs and Dance/H&PE university courses.

David Masse, Senior Director, CBC Sports

Most people will experience the TORONTO 2015 Games through television and digital platforms. With over 30 years in broadcasting, David can tell you what goes on behind the scenes of covering epic events like the TORONTO 2015 Games. CBC will create coverage that will be broadcast around the world with a crew of over 650 people generating over 600 hours of coverage working with all the broadcasters covering the Games representing 42 countries, including Brazil, Mexico, USA, Argentina, and Cuba.

Ximena Morris, TORONTO 2015 Games Manager, Protocol

With over 41 countries participating in the TORONTO 2015 Games, bringing everyone together is no small feat. As Manager of Protocol for the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Organizing Committee, Ximena works closely with the 41 Pan American Consulates as well as with international dignitaries and the Latin American community. Raised in downtown Toronto by Chilean parents, Ximena was educated in French and spoke Spanish at home and English with her peers.

Doug Spooner, TORONTO 2015 Games Sr. Manager, Transportation

What's involved in organizing the transportation for large-scale events like Pan Am? As Senior Manager, Transportation, Partner Integration and Planning for the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Organizing Committee, Doug is responsible for providing up-to-date planning information to Transportation planning partners and engaging with Greater Golden Horseshoe Resident and Business.

Dorota Urbaniak, Olympian, Rowing

Find out what it takes to get to the Olympics. Dorota is the recipient of the Olympic bronze medal in the women's eights at the 2000 Summer Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia and has been a member of the Canadian National Rowing Team since 1997. She has won numerous events on the international circuit including three world championships.

Julia Wilkinson, Olympian and TO2015 Athlete Relations

What's it like representing your country at the Olympics? Find out from Julia, a twotime Olympian in swimming, competing for Canada at the 2008 Olympic Games, and the 2012 Olympic Games. She was a member of the Canadian Senior National Swim team from 2006 until 2012, won 23 National titles and held the Canadian record in the 200-meter freestyle, 50 and 100-meters backstroke, and 200-meter Individual Medley. Julia works for TO 2015 Athlete Relations.

How it works (Q&A)

How do I participate?
It's easy! Just email us at to request a time slot with one of our participating "books". Or drop by the day of the event.
Who is allowed to borrow a human book?
Anyone! However, children (12 and under) should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
How many human books can I place a hold on?
You can reserve one book in advance. Additional books can be borrowed on the day of the program at any participating branches.
How do I "pick up" my hold on the day of the program?
On the day of the event, please arrive 10 minutes before your reservation. Any holds that are not "picked up" (i.e. signed out) within 10 minutes of the reservation start time will be released and made available to others to sign out.
How long can I sign a book out for?
Each session runs a maximum of 30 minutes.
Do I have to stay the entire 30 minutes?
Either the borrower or the human book can end the session at any time - at their discretion.
Can I sign up for sign language interpretation?
The library offers sign language interpretation with advanced notice. Please request this service with the respective branch at least two weeks prior to the event.

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