It’s a contest!

Do you have an intellectual disability and dream of being a model? Gil invites you to step onto the stage and participate in our ExpressYourself Contest by posing in front of the camera!

Ask a friend or a relative to take your picture, if possible with a plain background.

Strike a pose, do a mime or a dance, and just express yourself!

Send us the photos taken during this photo session before Sunday, May 6, 2018 at

We will share your photos on the Facebook page of Mon Ami Gil where everyone will see your talent.

Three expressive winners will be selected and each will be offered a photo session with a professional photographer (a $500 value). These photo shoots will be made into videos and published on social media, like Mon Ami Gil.

Why a contest?

One of Gil’s big dreams was to be in front of the camera and on screen, to become a model. His dream came true – his photo shoot was viewed more than 55,000 times and elicited over 1,200 reactions last week on Facebook.

Gil is not the only one to dream and hope to be seen. Other people with intellectual disabilities may also like to be photographed. This competition hopes to give them an opportunity to be “on stage”, to share their passion and talent.

The series Mon Ami Gil, initiated at the request of Gil himself, is an invitation to all persons with intellectual disabilities to make known their gifts.


Project initiator: Gil Frois
Filming: Voices and Colors New Media
Production: Jean Vanier Association
Web series adaptation: L’Arche Canada
Filming and dissemination partners: L’Arche Agapè and Association des Arches du Québec

Percussion: Kéman Seck