L’Arche Comox Valley is a community of people with and without developmental disabilities, sharing our lives fully and helping each other to discover our hidden gifts. We are located in Courtenay, British Columbia, Canada.
Several of our core members and assistants live in Jubilee House, our supported residence. Our offices and studios are located in the I Belong Centre, where people come to participate in social and creative arts activities. The I Belong Centre is also home to the Vanier Suites, a co-housing community of several core members living semi-independently. In addition, L’Arche Comox Valley offers a supported independent living program for people living on their own.
Some L’Arche milestones:
  • 1964: The first L’Arche community is founded by Jean Vanier in Trosly-Breuil, France. L’Arche International now comprises 152 communities and 16 projects in over 40 countries around the globe.
  • 1969:  L’Arche becomes active in Canada. Presently, L’Arche Canada includes 30 communities from coast to coast.
  • 1993:  With the vision and hard work of Lock Mawhinney and a group of dedicated volunteers, the Friends of L’Arche Comox Valley is registered as a non-profit society.
  • 2000:  L’Arche Comox Valley becomes recognized as a full community with the opening of Jubilee House.
L’Arche Comox Valley is a Registered Canadian Charity # 89995-7351-RR0001; BC Registered Society # S0030771




On Saturday Sept. 22, the WestJet raffle draw was held at our annual Pig Roast. The winner was Paul Riley, a resident of the Vanier Suites — congratulations, Paul! Many thanks to WestJet for making this wonderful prize available to us for our fundraising efforts.


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The NEW Spring 2018 Activity Guide!
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Spread your wings! Celebrate spring and summer by trying a new activity and meeting new friends at the I Belong Centre. Our Spring 2018 Activity Guide is ready with some of our favourites... Read More