The Masks

Québec

Name: Roxanne C.G.

City: Québec, QC

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Name: Viviane L.

City: Cap-Rouge, QC

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Name: Rémi O.

City: Quebec, QC

Brain Injury: Hit by a car

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Name: Pier-Luc G.

City: Quebec, QC

Brain Injury: Unknown cause of accident. In Indonesia while backpack travel.

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Name: Martin R.

City: Thetford Mines, QC

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Name: Laurin P.

City: Québec, QC

Brain Injury: Work related accident (construction)

Explanation of Mask: All the story of my accident is drawn on the mask. Starting with the accident itself, when I fell of machinery. Then the road in an ambulance and a plane to the hospital, the rehabilitation center and now !

Name: Karine V.

City: , QC

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Name: Jocelyn B.

City: Québec, QC

Brain Injury: Fall due to epilepsy

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Name: Jimmy L.

City: Québec, QC

Brain Injury: Car accident (passenger)

Explanation of Mask: It’s a super hero. It’s Zorro.

Name: Hans-Eric G.F.

City: Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier, QC

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Name: Guylaine T.

City: Portneuf, QC

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Name: Denis T.

City: Lévis, QC

Brain Injury: Car accident

Explanation of Mask: The mask represent my late wife who died after the accident due to her injuries. I decided to call the mask “Guiltiness”

Name: Audrey O.

City: Québec City, QC

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Name: Francis P.

City: Québec City, QC

Brain Injury: Hit by a car (on bike)

Explanation of Mask: The blue part of the mask shows my hobbies. I enjoy classic and horror movies as well as writing all kind of stories and drinking good coffee (even though I suffer from headaches). The grey part represents my solitude and the black part with the question marks of what I want to do in my day. The red part is because I enjoy laughing with people I like, for example my family and the educators.

Name: Francesca M.D.

City: Saint-Isidore, QC

Brain Injury: Car accident while a baby

Explanation of Mask: My right side represents everything I love : March 21st 2017 is my 5th couple anniversary, I love training and I love reading. My left side, the semi-paralysed one, is the side that makes me furious because it prevents me from doing the things that I would like to do and that makes me sad.

Name: Thierry C.

City: Saint-Georges, QC

Brain Injury: Car accident

Explanation of Mask: My TBI is full of life and love.

Name: Yohan

City: Saint-Georges, QC

Brain Injury: Car accident

Explanation of Mask: Blue represents freedom, red for many things : love, respect for others and for oneself. You don’t need to fear obstacles that may arise. The color white is because I still don’t know what I want to do for a job in my life. I haven’t decided yet. Yellow is for the unknown after the accident. What do I have to be careful for in my life ? The padlock is to show that since my accident, people are always telling what to do or not. I want to show them that I can open all the doors I want. Nothing is going to stop me. I am open to all opportunities. The red heart is for the people I am going to meet and like or love in the future. Football has always been a part of my life, even before the accident. I continued training and I am getting better and better even if I didn’t play a game since my accident. The orange heart is to represent all the people that don’t want to talk to me or even bind with me because I don’t have a car or don’t have much money to do stuff with them. 

Name: Jocelyn C.

City: Saint-Georges, QC

Brain Injury: Car accident

Explanation of Mask: The black and the grey are two colors that symbolize the sadness and loneliness I felt before my accident. Red and yellow are for friendship and happiness after my accident. Pink is for the joy I feel now being part of my Association and going to their activities. My eyes is for the sight I partly lost following the accident.

Name: Jonathan C.

City: Saint-Georges, QC

Brain Injury: Car accident

Explanation of Mask: The red is for the anger I feel, even if it’s scarce. I put a net on my mouth because I have difficulties talking because of my tracheotomy. Green is for pride because even if I had an accident I still have some. I am very proud to go to the gym, to be active and to have a girlfriend. Green is also for determination because doctors said that I would be in a wheelchair for the rest of my life and they were wrong. Yellow is for the happiness I feel from dusk till dawn. Peace and love sign is because we have to look for peace within ourselves for what happened. The blue and white lines stands for the humour we need to get through our lives after such an accident.

Name: Louisette P.

City: Saint-Georges, QC

Brain Injury: Tree fall in the woods

Explanation of Mask: The yellow part on the mask represents the traumatic brain injury accident and a shattered young lady. The pink part is for a brain that feels better now, but without vision. The rest of the mask is for a happy woman, that loves life and has a lot of ideas and friends. Thank you life !

Name: Nicol F.

City: Saint-Georges, QC

Brain Injury: Work accident

Explanation of Mask: The black forehead is my vision of the future. The red tears are how much it hurts to have lost my job, truck driver. Violet is for the shame I feel not being able to help financially my family anymore. The right eye symbolizes the fact that I have to look further then today. Blue is for the love that I get from my family. The mouth represents the words that other people say that hurt. The net on my mouth shows that I have to watch closely to what I say.

Name: Dan F.

City: Quebec City

Brain Injury: Car accident

Explanation of Mask: I am grateful for the strength I had to get out of this bad moment. I know how to have fun. I still have my parents and some friends to help me get through tough times.

Name: Alex D.D.

City: Quebec City

Brain Injury: Hit by a car

Explanation of Mask: The grey color is for when I feel lonely. The orange color is for when I feel happy. Red is for when I feel angry. After all, the mask is me !

Name: Jacques P.

City: Quebec City

Brain Injury: Moto accident

Explanation of Mask: Words happiness and fun are because I love coming at the organization and do so activities. Ho ! Ho ! because you are all kind to me and that makes me want to smile. The feather is because I have Indian blood. The cross in the eye represents the eye I lost in the accident. And the tears, because the sunlight makes my eye cry !

Name: Patrick T.

City: Quebec City

Brain Injury: Hit by a car

Explanation of Mask: The smile is because I am happy. The mustache represents my sens of humor because I love to tease people. The dark lines under the eyes represent the hurting, my sufferings form my accident. I still remember it. The heart stands for the love I have for my sister, my father, my mother and all my family. I love you all my educators here at the organization. The black veil on my head represents all the sadness kept inside of me.

Name: Emilie F.

City: Quebec City

Brain Injury: Car accident

Explanation of Mask: It seems obvious when you look at my mask that I love swimming. I swim a lot and do championships. That’s why I put goggles on my eyes.The black part on my head is my swimming cap. I also put some jewelry behind my head because I am a girl and I wanted it to show somewhere. 

Name: Francis D.D.

City: Quebec City

Brain Injury: Hit by a car

Explanation of Mask: I have a lot of blue because I love the Marines and the sea. The words on my mask are very important to me. Above all pleasure. You probably know what I mean by pleasure, it is quite the center of my daily quest but I won’t enter into details. The pearls around my eye are because I love money. 2001 is an important year because of the NYC twin towers attack. And 1986 is my birth date so I wanted it to show somewhere. The plaster on my head symbolizes the injuries that my accident caused to my family. I would have a lot more to say but it is better if I stop now.

Name: Julie F.

City: Quebec City

Brain Injury: Bike accident

Explanation of Mask: There is not much on my mask because I am a very discreet person. The small lips and the delicate eyes because I like fine make-up. I am very delicate. The necklace is because I love jewelry.

Name: Hugo L.

City: Quebec City

Brain Injury: Car accident

Explanation of Mask: I didn’t know where to start with this mask. I don’t know what to say about it. I have drawn big lips because I talk a lot. I am not happy with my mask though. 

Name: Marie-France L.

City: Quebec City

Brain Injury: Horse accident

Explanation of Mask: I love arts and crafts. So I think that my mask truly represents me. I feel delicate. My accident helped me overcome depression thanks to the medication. So I see myself as blessed because I was in bad shape psychologically. Now I do what I want to do. Like origami. Also the thin blue line on my eyes represents the spots where I don’t see anymore. I have a very partial vision now. It is very hard to read.

Name: Yvan B.

City: Quebec City

Brain Injury: Vespa accident

Explanation of Mask: I am a clown. I am a happy man. I am surprised to be still alive.  Always saying some crazy stuff. Grateful because all the good services I get make me realize that I am not dreaming.The red nose is because I drink wine.

Name: Donald St-P.

City: Quebec City

Brain Injury: Motocross accident

Explanation of Mask: I am a happy person, not gay but happy. My mask is a little unbalanced as I am now because of the accident. I struggle to stay on my feet. 
I do have a big smile, and I love to smile. But I still have a lot of questions going on in my mind that I am trying to find answers to.

Name: Martin C.

City: Quebec City

Brain Injury: Car accident (DUI)

Explanation of Mask: This is the face of a bandit, a bad person. This is actually what I could have become if I didn’t have my car accident. It saved me.  I would have been put in jail for sure one day or another. This why I put the 666 on the one side. And the $ sign on the other side is because I love money.

Name: Maude P.

City: Quebec City

Brain Injury: 2 car accidents

Explanation of Mask: This is the face of the Joker.  This is me.  Life is like a joke for me.  I had two severe head injuries and am still alive and I don’t know why.  Also, sometimes, like the joker I do bad things. But not so much anymore.

Name: Pierre D.

City: Quebec City

Brain Injury: Biking accident

Explanation of Mask: I once was a very successful business man (3 bicycle stores) and was hit by a car while biking because I didn’t look before crossing the road. I was too concentrated on my work.  I lost everything (my stores, my money, my cars, my house).  The right side of my mask represents my old self with a bike and a baseball bat.  The left side represents now.  It is darker. I feel responsible for what happened to me.  I do feel better every day, but still angry to have lost everything.

Name: Roxane P.

City: Quebec City

Brain Injury: car accident (passenger)

Explanation of Mask: This mask represents who I am. On the right side, the post-its are everything that was altered by the impact (I was in a car accident as a passenger and was the only one so badly hurt).  I put them on the right side because it is also the side of the impact.  The left side is darker, but not sad. I wanted to symbolize the hemiparesis I got after the accident.  The three hearts stand for what is very important for me today (sports-work-boyfriend).