Frédéric Desaulniers, from Québec City, Québec, to Golden, British Columbia
Quebec to British Columbia
It’s really rewarding seeing all these young people who want to spend time with you, who speak French to you, and who admire you!
When I arrived in Golden, in British Columbia, it took me at least a week before I looked down at the ground to watch where I was going, because my eyes were always turned up towards the mountains! I wasn’t the only one fascinated by them, because soon after the first major snowfalls, the isolated little town of Golden saw its population triple. Hordes of young snowboarders and skiers descended on the town, looking for the most beautiful slopes and waist-deep powder!
It’s sure that, in a town with 4,000 in habitants, life is very different than what I was used to in Quebec City. No record launches, art exhibition openings, festivals, films, or poetry evenings! And the local resident artist is the town’s newspaper photographer!
But, if I’m here, if I signed up for Odyssey, it’s because I wanted to try something new. When I left school, I was a freelancer, working in illustration, graphic design, animation, and video games. But I got disillusioned. I understood that the glamour of working for yourself wasn’t all it was cracked up to be: in a nutshell, it meant working crazy hours in isolation, with a great deal of stress and some very tight deadlines.
Odyssey wasn’t my first experience in working with young people. I had accompanied groups in Denmark, the Philippines, New York, and Saskatoon. Switching between English and French isn’t a problem. And leading groups is in my blood; I’ve always loved to it.
I came here to put a few things to the test. Before returning to my studies, I wanted some concrete experience in the field of education. And the exercise was conclusive! I’m going to combine my passion for art with my passion for being with young people. Can you guess how? Yes, when I return, I’ll be studying art education. And until then, I’ve got a bit of time for myself. I just got back from Vancouver. I bought some paints, canvases, and paintbrushes. I’m mounting a new exhibition; I’m going to plunge back into creating my own art.
That’s been my odyssey.