Jean Vanier, Founder of L’Arche
Jean Vanier has spent more than 50 years as an advocate for the inclusion of vulnerable and marginalized persons and for their contributions to making a more human society. His experience and vision for humanity are shared in numerous books, public talks, and interviews including Becoming Human (2001) based on his Massey lectures and the two-part The Rabbit and the Giraffe (2017) on CBC Radio’s Ideas. Vanier and L’Arche in Trosly, France, and Bethlehem are the subjects of the feature-length documentary Summer in the Forest (2016) by British director Randall Wright.
- Officer of the Order of Canada, Canada, 1972
- Companion of the Order of Canada, 1989
- The Maclean’s Honor Roll, Canada, 1990
- Royal Bank of Canada Prize, 1991
- Grand Officier de l’Ordre national du Québec, Canada, 1992
- Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur, France, 1994
- Paul VI International Prize, given by Pope Jean Paul II, 1997
- Rabbi Gunther Plaut Humanitarian Award, Canada, 2001
- Prix Gaudium et Spes, L’Ordre des Chevaliers de Colomb, Canada, 2005
- Nation Builder Award, Globe & Mail, Canada, 2008
- Pacem in Terris Award, United States, 2013
- Templeton Prize, Templeton Foundation, U.S., 2015
- Commandeur de la Légion d’Honneur, France, 2016
Learn more about Jean Vanier on the Association Jean Vanier website.