This first post of the new year is a time to look back over what has been a very full 2017 in our community.
Long-time community member Sue Mosteller, who is retired and living in Toronto, led an inspiring Assistants Weekend in February.
Mary Bastedo animated out Community Retreat Day with stories of her visit to Rwanda – so there was lots of spiritual nurture last winter.
We also had a double baby shower for Trish and Sharon, and the babies followed promptly thereafter – new life for our community!
John Smeltzer died in March after being at the Newmarket Health Centre for just over a year.
John had been a legend at Daybreak, and one of the few people in the early days who could handle the farm work with Les Lomas the farm manager.
Staff members were so welcoming to our community during John’s last days when dozens of people visited him every day.
Liska celebrated John’s funeral at St. Mary’s Anglican Church where so many of the people John had formed and loved came to bid him a final farewell.
Lou Moore, who welcomed John to play the spoons with his band at local pubs, was there to open the service with song in a way that John would have loved.
This was the year of the L’Arche International Federation Assembly, held in Belfast Northern Ireland. The forward thinking theme for Belfast 2017 was “Remembering Our Future.” Our delegates were Agnieszka, Fiona, and Dorothy. Warren was on the Communications Team, Liska on the Music and Celebrations Team, and Jacquie attended as an outgoing member of the International Stewardship Board.
They brought back some of the spirit and ritual of the gathering to our Solidarity Retreat Day in September where we re-mounted the story of St. Patrick is a way that will always warm our hearts.
In June, Mary Schneider retired and we celebrated her with a “Wizard of Oz” themed party at the Meeting Hall which was really fun.
In August, former Board member Paul Kennedy died. Paul was Board President during all f the 1990s, a time of great change.
We brought in the new year with a Taizé prayer service at the Dayspring followed by fireworks over the Pond. We hope each of you enjoys a happy and healthy 2018!