Jean Vanier April Letter
Since the beginnings of L’Arche (August 1964), Jean Vanier has always wanted to communicate what he was living, wishing to create a network of friendship and fraternity, focused on those who are most marginalized in our societies – people living with an intellectual disability. Through circular letters, he also wanted to thank those who generously supported him in the adventure of L’Arche.
L’Arche on the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
We are proud to announce that Professor Jonas Ruškus, from L’Arche in Lithuania, is the first L’Arche member to be elected at the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). His mandate at the UN will run from 2015 to 2018.The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is composed of 18 independent experts – persons of high moral character and recognized competence in the field of human rights. Find out more about the committee here.
L’Arche Canada’s WITH campaign
Readers of Canadian Family magazine, Toronto Life, and Ottawa magazine may notice full-page L’Arche Canada ads in some issues this fall and winter. We are grateful to St. Joseph Communications for making these ads possible. Click on ad to enlarge.
L'Arche Canada Grief Support Kit
L'Arche Canada's new bilingual kit for conducting Grief Support Groups for People with Intellectual Disabilities is available free of charge on L’Arche Canada’s Aging and Disability website.
L'Arche Homefires Community Leader Receives Diamond Jubilee Medal
Senator Ogilvie and Ingrid Blais
We are pleased to announce that Ingrid Blais, Community Leader of L'Arche Homefires, was honoured recently as a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. In all, 60,000 Canadians across the country are being honoured this year with the Jubilee Medal for their contributions and achievements. The medal was presented to Ingrid this past Sunday, July 8th, in Wolfville, NS, by The Honourable Kelvin K. Ogilvie, Senator.
Updated Editions of Jean Vanier's Books
The Heart of L’Arche and An Ark for the Poor were both originally published in 1995. These updated editions were revised by Jean Vaner himself, as he looks back on 47 years of the spirituality of L’Arche, at the age of 83. Learn more about the history of L'Arche and its spirituality. The new editions can be ordered at amazon.ca
- An Ark for the Poor
- The Hearth of L'Arche
University of Waterloo Co-op Program recognized L’Arche Ontario with Top Employer Award
On Monday March 19, L’Arche Ontario was named one of the Top 100 Employers by the University of Waterloo Co-op Program because of its commitment and support to co-op students over the years.
Mike Mattice and Karen Dennison from L’Arche Hamilton represented L’Arche at the event.
Down Syndrome Going Viral?
2 large posters in Avenue Matignon in Paris
Trisomy 21, so what? is a publicity campaign from Spain, which has now taken off in France, where it can be seen on Paris billboards, and on the front page of Voici! magazine. It is also circulating widely on Facebook, and has the support of several large companies.
L'Arche salutes the parents who are the originators of this beautiful campaign, and who, in spite of new genetic tests available, dare to say today: "Trisomy 21, so what?"!
Disability Is By Nature Anti-establishment
According to journalist and author Ian Brown, it is the impossibility for him and his disabled son Walker (The Boy in the Moon) to “achieve” much or even disappoint each other that allows them to be who they actually are with each other, thus escaping what society says we are supposed to be.
Read Ian Brown's reflections in the the Globe and Mail (August 27th 2011).
L'Arche Ontario Art Exhibit at Queen's Park
For over 40 years, the members of L’Arche in Ontario have been discovering the power of art as a way for members with intellectual disabilities to discover and express themselves, to connect with others, and to participate fully in the wider community.
The result is a wonderful exhibition full of vitality, energy – and life that was presented May 28/29 at Queen’s Park during “Doors Open Toronto.”
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Illustration by Jens Bonnke