News

Families in Canada Conference 2019

Posted 2019-03-31

The Vanier Institute of the Family held the Families in Canada Conference 2019, gathering leaders to deepen understanding of family diversity, expedite research to practise and enhance family well-being.

L’Arche representatives attending Families in Canada Conference 2019: Donna Rietschlin, John Guido, Jeannette Fraser, John Rietschlin, and Laurence Lendormy
 

On March 27 and 28, 2019, the Vanier Institute of the Family held the Families in Canada Conference 2019 (#FAM2019) – a pan-Canadian conference based in Ottawa with seven simultaneous satellite events co-hosted by university partners across the country.

More than just a conference, this unique and inclusive series of events brought together people with lived experience and diverse leaders who study, serve and support families for two days of research, knowledge-sharing, and engaging conversation focused on the conference theme – THINK BIG: How can we use “Big Data” to inform and inspire big ideas to optimize family well-being in Canada? – to create a Canadian Family Well-Being Index, Canadian Family Researchers Network, Social Policy Monitor and more.

Hon. Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, and Anil Arora, Canada’s Chief Statistician, delivered remarks at the National Conference in Ottawa. Information, insights and inspiration about the diversity of families and complexity of family life were explored by more than 100 diverse panellists, presenters and performers from Canada, US, UK and Australia.

With presenters and delegates from diverse backgrounds, disciplines and sectors, the Families in Canada Conference 2019 provided many opportunities for fresh perspectives and story ideas, as well as engaging interviews that will be of interest to all families.

About the Vanier Institute of the Family

The Vanier Institute of the Family is a national, independent, charitable organization dedicated to understanding the diversity and complexity of families and the reality of family life in Canada. The Institute offers access to a range of publications, research initiatives, presentations and social media content to enhance the national understanding of how families interact with, have an impact on and are affected by social, economic, environmental and cultural forces.

 


Statement of Solidarity and Condolences to the Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc First Nations

At the end of May, news broke of the discovery that the remains of 215 indigenous children are buried in the grounds of a residential school in Kamloops. It is a painful discovery which is being powerfully felt everywhere in our L’Arche communities and around the country.

New Community Leader for L’Arche Lanaudière

We want to welcome Isabelle Milliard as the new Community Leader in L'Arche Lanaudière. Isabelle has a background in Communications and Philanthropy, and had joined the community part-time as a fundraiser before being called to this role.

Welcome to Fiona Williams

We are very pleased to welcome Fiona Williams to the role of New Brunswick Lab Coordinator for our Inclusive Housing Solutions Lab project.

New Community Leader for L’Arche Mauricie

We are pleased to announce that Nancy Lamothe is beginning a new chapter in her life at L’Arche.

New Community Leader for L’Arche Outaouais (Agapè)

We are pleased to announce that Frederico Gauchat will take on the role of Community Leader at L'Arche Outaouais (formerly Agapè).

New Community Leader for L’Arche Homefires

We want to welcome and introduce you to the new Community Leader for L’Arche Homefires, Louise Curtis. After an extensive and rigorous selection process, Louise clearly emerged as the leader the L’Arche Homefires community needs at this point in our history.

New Community Leader for L’Arche Edmonton

We are very happy to announce that Mwando Mubanga has accepted the role of Community Leader for L’Arche Edmonton. 

Urgent Appeal re Bill C-7 amending Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD)

Please read this statement from L’Arche Canada. We add our voice to those of disability advocates and our partners in the movement for Inclusion and Belonging calling for amendment to Bill C-7 to protect the lives of Canadians with disabilities.

The World’s First International Lip Syncing Competition Hosted by People With Disabilities!

November 2021 - We did it! You have helped lead the way in fueling the greatest amount of online engagement we have ever seen in L'Arche! In total, our lip syncs have been watched over 90,000 times, raised over $102,000, and inspired an immense amount of joy and generosity. THANK YOU for your continued passion, enthusiasm, encouragement and creativity to keep shouting from the rooftops what we know: that the world is better because of people with disabilities.

Leading Change - Youth Leaders Group Members

Leading Change is a project where persons with disabilities learn how to help make decisions about L'Arche.




Keep informed with our newsletter.