"See the world through a new lens and see beauty! Guarantee! So many things we take for granted, but pictures help us see".

Based on a true story, Dre Erwin's inspiring photography and illustration book in both English and Cree, is for readers of all ages offers a touching heartening journey.

With photos from the youth in Pinehouse, illustrations, editing and reviews by hundreds of youth Dre and his team help in northern Canada, The little Boy who Found Happiness, in the most Unusual Place, is a must for every bookshelf. The book follows a young man's journey through loss and sadness and how he finds happiness and hope through friendship, guidance, support and creativity. As a primary care RN (AAP) in northern Canada, Dre uses photography and preventative health care through the use of therapeutic photography and primary health care.

Dre Erwin's incomparable career as a Primary Care Nurse and now children's book author and illustrator focuses on the work he does with his team, with youth and preventative youth mental health. Dre and his work, along with the Pinehouse Photography Club(PPC) has been featured on Global National News, CBC: The National, and is the focus of conversation in the CBC award winning documentary "A New Lens on Life".

Please consider purchasing your own copy on paperback or as an ebook. Most proceeds will go directly to programming for youth and looking broadly, expanding therapeutic photography clubs across Saskatchewan, Canada, and abroad.

Thank You.

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In the world today, many youth are left with fear, anxiety and isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus is also a mental health emergency. The stresses of this pandemic can worsen symptoms of those living with mental illness and trigger mental illness such as anxiety in others. While we must distance ourselves physically, we don’t have to distance ourselves socially, as a community, in these times, because we can safely connect online. Call each other, text, Facetime, there are still a lot of ways to stay in touch with each other.

While maintaining social isolation and distancing, there are many other things you can do to keep you occupied. Such as: take pictures, go for a walk, write, read, bake, cook, spend time with family, play games, exercise at home, watch movies, and so on.

In northern, rural and remote communities, such as Pinehouse, finding solitude is often fairly easy to do. We recommend youth and people to get outside at least once a day on their own, and go for a walk on the track or out onto the lake while keeping your distance. Try connecting with nature, even taking pictures. Share your pictures with others. Get some exercise and vitamin D as long as you can do it safely, distancing yourself from others, and remembering to wash your hands as directed.

We look forward to opening the Pinehouse Photography Club studio again once this pandemic is over. In the mean time we are still offering cameras and equipment for free to youth and community members. If interested for yourself or your child, please call 1-306-690-4554 to arrange a pick up time.

"Yesterday we started a challenge for Canadians to build their bubble of protection & #StayInsideYourBubble. We need to maintain this zone of protection around us to keep COVID-19 out. Ideally, each of us builds our own 2-metre radius bubble. But couples, families, & other cohabitants can create a bubble with 2, 4 or more people all keeping to one bubble." -Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's Chief Medical Health Officer

We'd love to see your physical distancing bubbles Saskatchewan!

If you are ever feeling sad, confused, anxious, alone, or have any concerns or questions, we encourage you to contact:


Call a counsellor: 1-800-668-6868

Text CONNECT to 686868

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