Academic journal article British Journal of Canadian Studies

Honour

Academic journal article British Journal of Canadian Studies

Honour

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Yuri Dojc and Sharon Henderson, Honour (Mississauga, ON: Chartwell Master Care LP, 2010), 80 pp. Paper (and 47-minute DVD documentary). $10. ISBN 978-0-9781-1551-7.

Care homes for the elderly are all too often places where people lose their humanity. This project by Chartwell Seniors Housing REIT, a national chain of Canadian care homes for the elderly, suggests that does not have to be case. A few years ago the company decided to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the end of the Second World War by documenting the experiences of seniors living in their homes who had participated in the war. Sharon Henderson, Chartwell's VP communication and public affairs, conducted numerous inter views with both male and female residents while yuri Dojc, a Slovak Canadian photographer, created black and white portraits. The book contains 35 full-page portraits accompanied by one-page biographies with extracts from the inter views written by Henderson. The accompanying DVD documents the project and contains filmed extracts from the interviews with those profiled in the book.

Many of the stories told by the interviewees were previously undocumented, and Henderson observes in the DVD documentary that there was a need to capture them before it was too late. Although this project had a Canadian focus, it also captured stories which are of international significance. A good example is Gerald Fry (aka Gerhard Frey) who was born in Germany in 1924. Fry came to Britain in 1939 on a Kindertransport. (Henderson does not mention that the following year Fry was interned as an enemy alien and subsequently sent across the Atlantic to internment 'Camp B' near Fredericton, New Brunswick. …

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