Sainte-Justine Centennial and Réseau Familles d'aujourd'hui unveil "Faces of Love"


    Artwork features new, unpublished photo of Céline Dion and her son
    René-Charles

    MONTREAL, March 21 /CNW Telbec/ - As part of the ongoing Sainte-Justine
Centennial Celebrations, Monique Houde, chair of the Sainte-Justine Hospital
Centre, Centennial President Michel Pauzé and Martyne Huot of Réseau Familles
d'aujourd'hui (Families Today Network) are proud to unveil the world's largest
photomosaic of children, entitled "Faces of Love" (Hommage en visages).
    Created by art photographer Richère David and the art direction team of
Réseau Familles d'aujourd'hui, the photomosaic is made of 2,007 photos of
children's faces taken in 2006 and 2007 and assembled to represent an image of
Céline Dion and her son René Charles. Céline Dion, as honorary patron of
Sainte-Justine's Grandir en santé (Growing up Healthy) campaign,
enthusiastically agreed to be associated with the project, which is intended
as a tribute to the children who have stayed at the university hospital and a
message of hope for kids who may have to spend time there in the future.
    Also featured at the unveiling was a painting of the mosaic, executed on
canvas by Alexandra Hébert-Dufour, a young 13-year-old reporter for Réseau
Familles d'aujourd'hui. An experienced artist despite her young age, Alexandra
succeeds in conveying the emotional force of the photomosaic in her painting,
which will be presented to Céline Dion and René Angélil.
    "We're deeply thankful to Martyne Huot and her team at Réseau Familles
d'aujourd'hui for presenting this superb photomosaic as a centennial gift to
Sainte-Justine," said Michel Pauzé. "We're equally proud and delighted to be
unveiling an amazing work like 'Faces of Love' as one of the special events on
our centennial calendar."
    Réseau Familles d'aujourd'hui founder Martyne Huot says the photomosaic
is "by far the most rewarding project I've ever worked on. The uniquely
emotional character of each of the photos is overwhelming. You can look at
this work for hours and never get tired of it."

    About Richère David

    Art photographer Richère David, who began her career in 1999, is well
known for her cheerful professionalism as well as her outstanding talent.
Although she already was exhibiting in Los Angeles by 2001, Quebec continues
to be the working focus for the majority of her projects. Richère's greatest
passion remains to live and create every moment of life with emotion and
light. richeredavid.biz

    About the Centennial

    As part of its 100th anniversary celebrations, the Sainte-Justine
Hospital Centre will offer a full program of activities on a variety of
healthcare-related topics. These will allow the general public, as well as
healthcare professionals, to discuss the problems, issues and realities
associated with the health of mothers and children. A program for all ages and
interests, including live entertainment, exhibits, television shows, concerts
and information sessions on children's healthcare, will take place throughout
the coming year. For more information on the centennial, please visit
Sainte-Justine online at 100.chu-sainte-justine.org.

    About Réseau Familles d'aujourd'hui

    Réseau Familles d'aujourd'hui is a free information network made up of
expert volunteers, reporting families and young reporters ages 4 to 16.
Founded in 1995, the network's membership today includes over 125,000
families. famillesdaujourdhui.com

    About CHU Sainte-Justine

    The Sainte-Justine University Hospital Centre is Canada's largest
healthcare centre devoted entirely to children and young mothers. The hospital
houses 450 beds, admits some 19,000 patients annually and treats 260,000
visitors at its outpatient clinics. Its staff includes over 4,000 employees.
Affiliated with the Université de Montréal, CHU Sainte-Justine is one of the
top four pediatric hospital centres in North America, and one of Canada's
leading pediatric training institutions. chu-sainte-justine.org



For further information: Sylvie Bachand, Sainte-Justine Centenial, (514)
345-4931, extension 4456, sylvie.bachand.hsj@ssss.gouv.qc.ca,
100.chu-sainte-justine.org