Sut­ton Vol­un­teer Cen­tre cel­e­brates 35 years with book of pho­to­graphs

Sherbrooke Record - - BROME COUNTY - By Steve Blake

The Sut­ton Vol­un­teer Cen­tre cel­e­brated its 35th an­niver­sary by cre­at­ing a unique pho­tog­ra­phy book fea­tur­ing its vol­un­teers, em­ploy­ees, and even some of the peo­ple who use the CAB’S ser­vices. Fifth- and six­th­grade stu­dents at the Sut­ton school in­ter­viewed the sub­jects.

The in­ter­views helped the stu­dents un­der­stand what vol­un­teer­ing is all about and why peo­ple do it, CAB Di­rec­tor Janna Hubacek said.

The book, “Retrolobo du CAB,” con­tains orig­i­nal pho­tos of the vol­un­teers when they were young, and re-cre­ations of those pho­tos of the same peo­ple as adults. It is on sale for $20.

The book was launched Fri­day with a re­cep­tion at the Sut­ton Cov­ered Mar­ket. The pho­tos were dis­played on the walls, where they will re­main un­til the spring, Hubacek said. Af­ter that, they will see about in­stalling them out­side.

The artis­tic direc­tors for the project were Is­abelle Gre­nier and Stephane Le­mardele. Le­mardele said he saw a sim­i­lar project in the United King­dom. He de­cided to add the as­pect of hav­ing stu­dents in­ter­view the sub­jects to get their sto­ries, specif­i­cally about why they vol­un­teer.

Two pho­tog­ra­phers, Eliane Ex­coffier and Tris­tan Cor­beil La­pointe, took the pic­tures while oth­ers built sets, found set­ting lo­ca­tions and made sure the cloth­ing was sim­i­lar to that in the orig­i­nal pho­tos.

The team had been think­ing about the project since last spring, and with the thirty-fifth an­niver­sary ap­proach­ing, Le­mardele said, “it was time to use the idea of the book.”

They started in Septem­ber and things fell into place quickly.

“It was amaz­ing how the chil­dren and the older peo­ple con­nected,” Le­mardele said. “It was like there was no age be­tween them. The eyes were the same whether they were 8 or 80.”

He said Max Gagnon, the boy on the tri­cy­cle who is on the book’s cover, was quiet at age 7, when the orig­i­nal photo was taken. But at 70, he said, he was more bois­ter­ous.

“I want to be like that when I’m old,” Le­mardele said.

He said the sub­jects dis­played emo­tion.

“There were mem­o­ries, but no nos­tal­gia.”

The project was equally as ex­cit­ing for the pho­tog­ra­phers.

“It was so fun,” Ex­coffier said. “Some of the sto­ries were touch­ing; oth­ers were fun. It was a nice hu­man ex­pe­ri­ence.”

It took three weeks to com­plete the pho­tog­ra­phy, she said. They were paid a small stipend for the work, but it wasn’t about the money, she said. It was about the ex­pe­ri­ence.

STEVE BLAKE

Stephane Le­mardele, the artis­tic di­rec­tor of the project, and Eliane Ex­coffier, one of the pho­tog­ra­phers, speak at the book launch Fri­day at the Sut­ton Cov­ered Mar­ket

COUR­TESY

Max Gagnon at 7 and 70

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Lina and Luce Go­er­lach

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