Deb­bie Tra­vis show­wel­comes Sainte-Anne he­ro

Pro­du­cers cal­ling all re­vel­lers to­day

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Sainte-Anne-de-Bel­le­vue re­sident Ryan Young will be gree­ted with a he­ro’s wel­come to­day. At least, that’s what pro­du­cers of a new rea­li­ty te­le­vi­sion pro­gram­hope.

De­co­ra­ting and home re­no­va­tion di­va Deb­bie Tra­vis will be in Sainte-An­nede-Bel­le­vue Wed­nes­day to film the fi­nal seg­ment of her new rea­li­ty te­le­vi­sion se­ries All forO­ne­wi­thDeb­bieT­ra­vis.

The se­ven epi­sode se­ries that be­gan in Montreal will wrap its fi­nal show of the sea­son this af­ter­noon.

In bet­ween, five other epi­sodes were fil­med in­No­va Sco­tia, On­ta­rio andAl­ber­ta.

In­ga Si­bi­ga, a pro­duc­tion co­or­di­na­tor for the rea­li­ty home re­no­va­tion show, said ma­ny Sainte-Anne-de-Bel­le­vue re­si­dents wrote to pro­du­cers to no­mi­nate Ryan Young, a re­sident they feel is a he­ro.

The show’s pre­mise ho­nours lo­cal heros, or so­meone who has made a dif­fe­rence in the com­mu­ni­ty, with a small trip, and, un­bek­nownst to the he­ro, a bit of home re­no­va­tion­ma­gic.

The key ho­we­ver is that the com­mu­ni­ty must pull to­ge­ther to do all of the­work.

"Eve­ry epi­sode starts with us sen­ding the he­ro on a trip and then the idea is for the com­mu­ni­ty to give back and do so­me­thing for the he­ro," Si­bi­ga said, ex­plai­ning that, while Tra­vis pro­vides all the ma­te­rials for the re­no­va­tion, vo­lun­teers­must pro­vide the la­bour.

In ad­di­tion, th­ree vo­lun­teer crew lea­ders are put in charge of things like fee­ding those who show up to work and tra­cking down sup­plies.

"These are chal­lenges they have to­meet," Si­bi­ga ex­plai­ned of the show’s pre­mise.

Com­mu­ni­ty ac­ti­vist

Si­bi­ga said Young, a mem­ber of Sain­teAnne’s town coun­cil and a John Ab­bott Col­lege tea­cher, was a perfect can­di­date be­cause of his ti­re­less work on se­ve­ral en­vi­ron­men­tal ef­forts in and around Sainte-Anne-de-Bel­le­vue.

«Our re­sear­chers in­ter­vie­wed people and they all consi­der hi­ma he­ro,» she said.

Young is known for his ef­forts to conserve a fo­res­ted part of town, for a do­cu­men­ta­ry film he pro­du­ced about Sainte-Anne-deBel­le­vue’s for­ced mer­ger wi­thMon­treal, as well as for being a foun­ding mem­ber of Coo­pé­ra­tive du Grand Orme, an eco-lo­cal ge­ne­ral store and cof­fee shop lo­ca­ted in Sainte-Anne-de-Bel­le­vue.

And though Young knows he was cho­sen as a he­ro, he doesn’t know part of his prize in­cludes re­fre­shing his home.

"He thought it was just a trip away for five days... he chose to go to a yo­ga retreat and health spa."

So while he’s been gone, Tra­vis and the Sainte-Anne’s vo­lun­teers are spru­cing up Young’s home, which he once sha­red with his pa­rents but now­lives in alone.

"We’re wor­king on the ground floor of the house, pain­ting it doing all kinds of things."

Five days of work will conclude to­day when Young re­turns home. Anyone wan­ting to­wel­come Young back and be part of the epi­sode’s fi­nal scene is en­cou­ra­ged to come to Young’s house, lo­ca­ted at 25, rue La­marche in Sainte-Anne-de-Bel­le­vue, to­day at 5:30 p.m.

De­si­gn di­va Deb­bie Tra­vis will be in Sainte-Anne-de-Bel­le­vue to­day to wel­come home lo­cal he­ro Ryan Young.

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