Akech - L'Arche Winnipeg

Akech Mayuom came to L’Arche Winnipeg in June 2015 after completing her BA in Psychology with a minor in theology from Canadian Mennonite University.  Akech came to L’Arche because of two of her passions—community and supporting persons with intellectual disabilities. 

What’s one fun fact about you:  “I’m scared of heights—but, I went bungee jumping in Vancouver last year.  I cried the entire time.  And, I’m still afraid of heights.”

What do you like to do in your free time?:  “I like to blog and I like reading and discovering others’ blogs.   I also like to travel and I’m interested in new languages and cultures.”

How would your housemates in L’Arche describe you? “Energetic and they would probably say I’m bubbly.”

What are you most passionate about?  "People!  I like meeting new people and creating relationships—I like this sense of mutuality where I make a difference in others, but they make a difference in me.  I’m a big believer in--we need each other!"

What has been the most rewarding part of being in L’Arche: "Relationships—L’Arche creates an experience that challenges you to know yourself better and to view people differently.  I’ve supported persons with disabilities as a respite worker for other agencies and it was very much a “client-support worker relationship.”  In L’Arche relationships are created where you can consider each other as friends."

Who is your role model and why:  “This might sound cheesy—but, it’s Jesus.  Despite his placement in society he is there, open to everyone—rich, poor, outcast, etc.  It’s the turning of the hierarchy upside down and His love for all that inspires me."

Most inspiring moment in L’Arche:  "I’m a task oriented person; I like to get things done.  One core member I live with is the opposite.  He takes his time, enjoys the process of things.  Our pace is really different.  I’ve realized that he has taught me to take time, to slow down and enjoy the moment—it’s not about just getting things done."

What do you want others to know about L’Arche:  "It will be one of the best years of your life.  And it’s important not to come with a mindset of “I’m only here to help.”  Come open to receive and be touched by the people you will get to know.  You will experience one of the most meaningful aspects of service:   those you come to serve, will serve you in return."