Putting a Face on Homelessness

On the Edge, Putting a Face on Homelessness, an exhibit of photographic portraits by Barry Peterson and intimate stories by Paula Wild, will be displayed in downtown Courtenay.

On the Edge, Putting a Face on Homelessness, an exhibit of photographic portraits by Barry Peterson and intimate stories by Paula Wild, will be displayed in downtown Courtenay.

Each black and white portrait is matted and framed with one page of text providing insight into the participant’s life. People taking part in the project received a copy of the photograph and story and payment in the form of grocery gift cards.

Donations from Wachiay Friendship Centre, the Comox Valley Transition Society, Cody & Co. and the Business by Referral Network made the gift cards possible. Peterson and Wild donated hundreds of hours of time and expenses to increase awareness of homelessness in the Comox Valley.

The exhibit will show at the Laughing Oyster Book Store, the Zocalo Café and Gallery, the Green Room and other businesses on Fifth Street in Courtenay during Homeless Awareness Week from Oct. 9 to 14.

—Downtown Courtenay Business Improvement Association

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