News and Stories

Presenting Michael McDonald, new Communications Coordinator for L’Arche Canada

Michael is an author and the filmmaker behind the L’Arche International docu-series, As I Am. Over the years, Michael has had the good fortune of living alongside people with intellectual disabilities in 19 countries, and he worked as a house assistant in L’Arche France and L’Arche Kenya. His background in communications, storytelling, research in the field of disability studies, non-profit leadership, and his years of living L’Arche in many cultures will equip him well to engage us all in the development and implementation of our communications strategy.


It is an important time for the accessibility and inclusion movement in Canada and the world, and L’Arche Canada is developing our capacity to take our place.
Jean was uncomfortable (being called a saint) if a saint was a model of inaccessible perfection alone on a pedestal, but if the word was used as a member of the Christian community, he was happy to be part of the community of saints, living and dead.
Denis Mukwege begs us empathetically to remain attentive, to listen deeply to what is inherent in our human condition: our sensitivity and vulnerability.


It was a man of few words who taught me to see all stories, even the ones that cannot be spoken.
From “Accidental Friends: Stories from my life in community” by Beth Porter – now available in Canada from Novalis
Joe Clayton shared his powerful life story at a recent symposium, Flying to Freedom: The Journey from Institutionalization in Ontario and at L’Arche Toronto’s Listen to My Story. This article is reprinted with permission from Community Living Ontario.