Dr. Paul Helpard recalls the date like it was yesterday — Aug. 10, 1996 — the birth of his first child, Benjamin. Naturally, the Valley orthodontist was profoundly happy and held high hopes... Read More
Welcome to L’Arche Comox Valley!
L’Arche Comox Valley is a community of people with and without developmental disabilities sharing their lives together. In L’Arche we live, work, pray and learn from one another. We are invited to share fully in community life, to live a life that’s unique and help each other to discover one’s hidden gifts.
L’Arche Comox Valley has a home Jubilee House, in Courtenay, British Columbia, a supported independent living program, for people living on their own and an Outreach and Creative Art Centre where people come to participate in different activites such as beading, painting, and candle making.
L’Arche is an international organization founded 50 years ago in France. L’Arche began in Canada in 1969, and local educational leader Lock Mawhinney and a group of dedicated volunteers created L’Arche Comox Valley in 2000. There are now 29 L’Arche communities spread across Canada from Vancouver Island to Cape Breton.
L’Arche Comox Valley is growing.
On April 4, 2014 we officially launched the I Belong! Campaign to build a new multi-purpose facility that will include Residences and a larger Outreach and Creative Art Centre.
L’Arche was created 50 years ago, and the Federation includes 145 communities in 40 countries on all five continents. There are 29 communities across Canada and one right here on Vancouver Island in the Comox Valley.
JEAN VANIER, a social visonary
Canadian humanitarian and social visionary, Jean Vanier, founded L’Arche in 1964 in a small rural village in France. Distressed by the institutionalization and the isolation and loneliness of people with intellectual disabilities, Jean Vanier invited two men from an institution to live with him in a small house. He called the house ”L’Arche,” a French word for ”the ark”. L’Arche grew quickly and spread around the world, attracting many young people who wanted to help and opening new homes and workshops. 50 Years later, L’Arche is now an International Federation of 145 L’Arche communities in over 40 countries around the world.
Jean Vanier, L’Arche founder
L’Arche Comox Valley has nearly reached the 40-per-cent mark of its public fundraising campaign, launched Friday at the Prime Chophouse in Courtenay. Individual donors have committed $300,000 towards the campaign target of $800,000,... Read More