Full stomachs with Empty Bowls
Every year, Champlain College and Bishop’s University partner up for the Empty Bowls/bowl du Partage Project, a campaign embraced by many communities to put an end to hunger in the region. Held on Nov. 10, 2018 at Hope Community Church, the successful sixth edition raised over $6,000 for local organizations such as the Lennoxville District’s Women Center Food Bank, the Cornerstone Food Bank, the Lennoxville Elementary School Breakfast Program, and the BU/CRC Pastoral Funds, which provides food vouchers for Bishop’s University and Champlain College students in need.
Participants were invited to an early afternoon lunch and some live music by local musicians. The $25 ticket provided attendees with a handcrafted bowl and unlimited soup and bread. Local chef and caterer Billy Lidstone made different soups to please all tastes: zucchini and roasted garlic, potato and leak, and butternut squash and ginger were on the menu. The bread was donated by Les Vraies Richesses bakery. All ingredients were provided by Sodexo, the Bishop’s on-campus catering company, and Provigo Robert Lafond.
“It’s incredible how much the community supports each other,” exclaimed Lucy Doheny, Academic Advisor at Champlain College and professional potter. Doheny made over 250 bowls for the event. “I have been a potter for 40 years, so in the end, the bowls are just bowls. What makes it worthwhile is the great involvement we get from our community.” In fact, Bishop’s and Champlain students and staff volunteered to put up posters and help at the event.
Some attendees chose to buy two bowls rather than one. The few bowls left after the event were subsequently sold to students on campus. Every dish is unique and was made on Doheny’s free-time, on evenings and weekends. “There’s a tremendous freedom in making the bowls for the Empty Bowls campaign. I get to make any bow that I want, and I get to experiment. The longest process is definitely the decoration – I used several different patterns, colours, and glazes,” Doheny explained. “I actually finished my last bunch of bowls the day before the event,” she chuckled.
In the following years, Doheny hopes to be able to rally potters from the Eastern Townships to contribute to the Empty Bowls Program. “The more bowls we have, the more money we can raise. A colleague of mine helped make 20 bowls but imagine what we could do with more help!” she added. She applauded all the fabulous volunteers’ help, without which Empty Bowls could not happen.
“It’s incredible how much the community supports each other,” exclaimed Lucy Doheny