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Setting our course for the next 50 years

By John Rietschlin, Chair of the Board of L’Arche Canada

“As L’Arche in Canada gathers for our national assembly in Halifax, marking the end of one mandate and the beginning of another, it is impossible not to see how we are developing and evolving both as an organization and as a community of people responding to a call…”

L’Arche Canada General Assembly Halifax 2018

Delegates with and without intellectual disabilities, community leaders and board members from the 29 L’Arche communities and 2 projects across Canada gathered with the L’Arche Canada Board and team in Halifax to work, pray, and celebrate together. It was a time to renew our mission through a new Mandate. And a time of transition as we expressed gratitude for Hollee Card for 19 years as National Leader and welcomed Louis Pilotte (of Quebec and a former National Leader of L’Arche France) to lead us in the new Mandate.

Louis Pilotte, new National Leader

L’Arche Canada is pleased to welcome Louis Pilotte, long term member of L’Arche and former National Leader of L’Arche France, as the National Leader of L’Arche Canada. Louis began in the role at the beginning of October. We are grateful for his “yes” to this call to lead us in the mission and vision of L’Arche.

L’Arche Canada has a new website!

Featuring a revitalized design, streamlined navigation, and content, the site is a go-to place for an overview of L’Arche and its communities in Canada, and the resources we have created to share our vision and experience with you.

Accessibility legislation tabled in Ottawa

For many Canadians, Bill C-81 will introduce them to the goal of a barrier-free Canada and what is needed to achieve access for persons with various disabilities. The Bill’s Preamble establishes the Act on a solid human rights foundation. A human rights approach to disability issues means a move away from the traditional view of people with disabilities being objects of charity, to a new understanding where we are subjects of human rights, just like everyone else. 

Canada’s Medical Regulation in Dying Regulations Fall Short

L’Arche Canada supports the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) and the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) in urging the federal government to strengthen the system of monitoring Medical Assistance in Dying.

Celebrating Jean Vanier’s 90th birthday

L’Arche Canada has published an online “Scrapbook” of birthday messages and photos for Jean Vanier. Jean was also interviewed on the occasion, click here to view the video “Ten rules for life”.

Jean Vanier has also just published a new book titled “We Need Each Other”, based on talks that he gave in Kenya in 2008.

Jean Vanier is profiled in a new documentary “Jean Vanier, le Sacrement de la Tendresse” by director Frédérique Bedos. You can view the trailer here.

Investing in Justice for Institutional Survivors

Patricia Seth, an institutional survivor, put it this way, “It was like living in a prison. The only thing is, we didn't know when we would even get out.” Inspired by the founding story of L’Arche, L’Arche in Ontario is engaging in Investing in Justice, a series of projects promoting healing and belonging, truth and reconciliation for survivors.

L’Arche Saskatoon’s 10th anniversary video

New Community Leaders in Saint John and Wolfville

L’Arche Canada Foundation’s Fall 2018 Impact Bulletin

A new Community Leader for L’Arche Daybreak

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