RGD Member heads up book that spotlights homelessness in Sudbury
A group of people standing holding a book. They are smiling.

Photo by Wendy Bird/CBC

The graphic design program at Cambrian College and the Samaritan Centre partnered to create Aboutface, a book that humanizes poverty and homelessness in Sudbury. Ron Beltrame RGD Emeritus initiated the project in 2013.


Aboutface features people who use the Samaritan Centre, an outreach centre that provides food and care for vulnerable citizens in Sudbury. Aboutface contains photos of the Centre's visitors, their first names and their answers to questions such as "What do you value most in life?". The book aims to break down the stigma around homelessness, and provide a human-centred approach to understanding systemic issues such as poverty.


"We know that every member of our community has a story to tell and is worthy of being heard," said Ron, who led the project and is now a retired professor from Cambrian's graphic design program.

Original quote source: CBC


The graphic design program at Cambrian College is a valuable part of the RGD community; over 50 of its students are current Student RGD Members, and many graduates of the program have gone on to become Provisional and Certified RGDs.  


Wendy Bird from CBC's Up North interviewed folks in the book and Chrisanne Daniel Provisional RGD, who worked on Aboutface when she was a student at Cambrian. Click here to listen to the interview, or click here to read more about Aboutface and its launch.


Copies of Aboutface are available for purchase at the Samaritan Centre in Sudbury for $25.