“We are delighted that the new online format for the auction is so accessible,” says Manon Gauthier, BA 97, executive director of the Jean Paul Riopelle Foundation and chair of Les Impatients’ honorary committee — whose membership also includes Concordia’s chief communications officer, Philippe Beauregard.
For Gauthier, the organization’s work is personal. Gauthier lost her mother more than a decade ago after a long struggle with mental illness.
“Les Impatients helped me cope with the tragedy, gave me hope and allowed me, for the first time, to talk openly about her suicide.”
‘A one-of-a-kind exhibit’
Mélissa Sokoloff, MA 08, facilitates creative workshops for Les Impatients and also teaches art therapy at Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT). She’s been involved with Les Impatients since 2002.
“An art therapist understands the profound reactions we can have while making art, so we help facilitate that in constructive and positive ways,” says the Creative Arts Therapies graduate. “Art can be very powerful but it can be scary sometimes, too.”