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Philanthropy: Nourishing Our Cultural Life. An interview with Scott Griffin
“Para Normal” is an award-winning short film by Rostyk Makushak that creatively captures some of the everyday life experiences of three people with intellectual disabilities at L’Arche Ottawa.
Check out the reviews in the Ottawa Citizen, OttawaLife Magazine, then watch it online at cbc.ca or on YouTube.
You can also tune in to watch it on TVO at the following prime time screening times:
o Friday, May 29 at 9:52 pm
o Saturday, May at 30 7:54 pm
o Sunday, May 31 at 10:49 pm
o Monday, June 1 at 7:52 pm
o Wednesday, June 3 at 7:53 pm
o Friday, June 5 at 7:49 pm
Spring 2015 Impact Bulletin
Making an Impact on our Society
Stéphane Bastarache travels to Ottawa - As Stéphane excitedly joined up with fellow travellers at the Halifax airport, his carefully packed suitcase held a suit, tie, bow tie, new shoes – and pictures that Stéphane was carrying to share with the Princess Royal (Princess Anne) in Ottawa, to help her understand an emerging passion of the L’Arche Saint John community, our “Some Kind of Creative Club”. This place of connection with local artists, volunteers, and friends regularly takes us by surprise as we discover new and dramatic ways of sharing hidden gifts and perspectives. Of meeting the Princess, Stéphane recalls, “She was asking questions… I was happy.” [...]
In the News:
Naheed Nenshi, Mayor of Calgary
Awarded the 2014 World Mayor Prize by the City Mayors Foundation
Over the years, we’ve interviewed many interesting Canadians for our e-quarterly publication, “A Human Future.” In the Spring of 2013, we caught up with Mayor Naheed Nenshi of Calgary to discuss his ideas about community-building. Click here to read the interview..
"Singing a Song of Hope": Archbishop Fred Hiltz,
Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada,
honours Jean Vanier and L'Arche in his New Year’s message.
To read the full message, click here.
As people of good will everywhere
prepare to welcome the New Year,
yearning for God’s peace on earth,
let us remember that
“It is always the most fragile among us
who are the closest to their humanity,
to their suffering,
and to their need to be loved.
It is they who show the rest of us
the way to live in truth and in love.”
Tune in to CBC Radio One online (English radio only) to hear the December 1st Episode of The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers.
During the episode, Shelagh discusses Jean's books, Tears of Silence and Becoming Human. She also replays an interview that she did with Jean a couple of years ago.
The Next Chapter airs each week on Mondays at 1 p.m. and on Saturdays at 4 p.m., and can be heard anytime at http://www.cbc.ca/thenextchapter/episode/2014/12/01/bruce-cockburn-jean-vanier/
The new Norflicks film "Love and Belonging" will be premiered on Vision TV tonight, November 24, at 10 pm EST, for those who can access Vision.
“Pareil pas pareil”
("Alike, but not alike")
Seven spokespeople, who live with different forms of intellectual disabilities, respond openly to the questions that everyone asks themselves about “differences” and “normality”, about the challenges of living with a handicap and the desire to live like everyone else, on the need to feel useful and the willingness to learn as well as the importance of loving.
[Note: For English subtitles on the video at www.pareilpaspareilenpartage.org,
click on the "cc" at the bottom, right-hand side of the video.]
Jean Vanier and L’Arche
to Receive 2014 Notre Dame Award
for International Human Development
For details, click on the Notre Dame logo above.
L'Arche profiled on the
award-winning radio program,
"Ideas", on CBC Radio One
The two-part series, entitled "How to do ordinary things", aired on Tuesday, Sept. 2nd, and Tuesday, Sept. 9th, at 9:00 p.m. (9:30 p.m. in Newfoundland) on CBC Radio One.
L'Arche Canada "Portal Page"
Now Online at discoverwith.ca
March 21st is International Down Syndrome Day.
Here’s a toast to all those people with Down Syndrome who enrich our lives.
People with Down’s syndrome are recognized for their significant contribution to peace.
The 2014 Public Peace Prize in the «Local Peacemaker » category was awarded to all people with Down’s syndrome for their « real ability to spread peace to those around them ». According to their friends and relatives «persons with Down’s syndrome develop a predisposition for peacemaking which blossoms when offered a favorable context. »
Jean Vanier agrees wholeheartedly « My experience in L’Arche helped me to discover that those who are weak, small, disabled are also prophets of peace. By their presence and gestures they open our hearts to understanding and compassion rather than awaken fear. In a mysterious way they break down the barriers that surround our hearts. »
...if on the first day of the new year, people from all over the world celebrated together by exchanging their wishes for peace… and each person made a resolution to create peace in their life, their home or their community…. We could help make a peaceful world!
C'est ça la vie! (That’s Life) L'Arche presented on Radio-Canada television
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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
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