London Photographer to Cycle Across Canada for the Alzheimer’s Society
London Ontario – Professional photographer Don Martel of London Ontario will cycle from the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean this summer to teach photography, share stories, and encouraged Canadians to donate to the Alzheimer’s Society as he makes new memories for lost memories. Starting in Vancouver on June 5, 2015 Don with start his journey of over 8000 kms, ride through 10 provinces, conducting one-day photography workshops wherever he can.
The workshops will help keep food on the campfire as he journeys across Canada making new images and memories. Don plans to be in Nova Scotia by the end of August. This trip was inspired by April Erickson and Marcel Pennington of B.C. who embarked on a four-month bike ride across Canada to raise money for the Alzheimer Society of B.C. in 2012. Don met them at a grocery store in Temagami in Northern Ontario and hearing their story, invited them to stay with his photography workshop group for the night, giving the couple a comfortable night’s rest. In the summer of 2014, April and Marcel were married in the Okanagan Valley of B.C. Don photographed the wedding with payment being a custom build bike by Marcel.
That bike got the wheels turning. Don was increasingly aware that the memories held by his mother-in-law, Marjorie Symons were slipping away due to Alzheimer’s. And so, the bike ride will be repeated with new stories, new images, and new donations to the Alzheimer’s Society.
Thanks again for the weekend – I very much enjoyed the trip and learnt a lot. I promise to buy a tripod at some point…
Lynne, Toronto Ontario
Today I worked with the one and only Don Martel.. Thanks for doing this window light workshop I loved it and thank you
Stan Kolasa, Windsor
FB message Don Martel I see that you are seeing with “new eyes”
Paula O’Rourke Ah yes. I see the light!!! And lines, shapes, textures..
Thanks for another great workshop!
Nicole Gillis Martel
Of course, we had fun besides learning ! You are a great Teacher everyone has very Good comments of your Workshops.
Lupita , Windsor
Don is a amazing photographer and mentor who loves people, life and has a curiosity for knowledge , He spreads a joie de vivre and is loved by all who has the opportunity to cross his path. Ps I feel blessed to be one of those individuals who has has the chance to know him
Jacinthe Sam LeBlanc, NB
I just wanted to say thanks for a great workshop/weekend in the Bruce! Hopefully I’ll be able to join another workshop in the future.
Melanie, Windsor Ontario
Please keep me posted about future workshops, Lynne and I are interested in The Bruce Peninsula.
Thank you again for the great workshop. I really enjoyed myself!
Merideth, Toronto Ontario
Thanks very much, Don. I enjoyed the workshop and learned a ton!
Simone Hobson, Windsor
The Singing Sands workshops with Don Martel were amazing. I went up twice with him, and had amazing experiences both times, and learned a lot too.