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.


What does a set of 1940s floorboards have to teach us about COVID living?
When Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer stated that non-medical masks limit the transmission of COVID-19, L’Arche Saskatoon’s artsy residents also got to work. Out came the fabrics, scissors, thread and needles. Brock wanted to contribute using two of his greatest assets: his feet.
The social distancing caused by the pandemic has been trying. Thankfully, aside from those who have donated their time, money and ingenuity to help L’Arche, there are the health care workers, grocery store clerks and all those on the front line who are helping the L’Arche community get through this crisis. With their help, it won’t be long until the Gathering Place opens again and the community starts making new memories.


Posted 2019-05-14
It was a man of few words who taught me to see all stories, even the ones that cannot be spoken.
Posted 2019-05-03
From “Accidental Friends: Stories from my life in community” by Beth Porter – now available in Canada from Novalis
Posted 2019-03-28
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.