Debbie Travis showwelcomes Sainte-Anne hero
Producers calling all revellers today
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.
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.