Walk For Hope 2013 – Thank YOU!
Published on: May 18th, 2013
THANK YOU to everyone who helped to make the Walk for Hope a great success. We were blessed with beautiful weather which inspired many to come out and join us – family and friends, high school students and teachers, political dignitaries and local business leaders. The energy was high and the spirit was strong which made for a fun filled event!!
In particular we would like to thank Jean Vanier Catholic High School and the Running Room for their partnership which helped to make this event so much bigger and better!! It was great to see so many young people out enjoying the walk and being fully engaged.
In the spirit of gratitude, we are pleased to announce that the Walk for Hope raised $25,000 which will make a significant impact for our homes and programs. We greatly appreciate your support and participation which truly makes a difference in the lives of our core members. This event not only raised funds but also raised the profile of people with developmental disabilities in the wider community of York Region.
“Artists in Motion” April 15, 2013
Published on: April 23rd, 2013
Artists in Motion was a wonderful celebratory event which captured the creative talents of our community both on stage and on canvass. We were thrilled to be joined by family and friends as well as local business leaders and political dignitaries. It was great to see the audience completely engaged by the dance medley performed by the Spirit Movers and the artwork displayed in the theatre lobby.
With Our Own Hands, a documentary film created by Salt + Light Television, captured beautifully the essence of the Spirit Movers and was the centerpiece of the evening. Copies of this DVD sold quickly during the reception, but more can be purchased by going directly to the Salt + Light website: www.saltandlighttv.org or by calling 1-888-302-7181.
Thank you to all who came out and joined us!!
Walk for Hope May 4, 2013
Published on: February 5th, 2013
Please join us on Saturday, May 4th 2013, 10:00 am at Jean Vanier Catholic High School 10475 Bayview Avenue, Richmond Hill.
(late registrations available on site from 9:00 am)
In collaboration with our neighbour, Jean Vanier High Catholic High School, the goal of the Walk for Hope is to raise funds for L’Arche Daybreak homes and programs, as well as to promote greater awareness about adults with intellectual disabilities in York Region.
We have also partnered with the Running Room stores across York Region where this event is being promoted as a 5km walk/run.
Starts: 10475 Bayview Avenue, Richmond Hill (Jean Vanier Catholic High School)
Ends: 11339 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill (L’Arche Daybreak)
You can Walk
You can Run
You can sponsor someone
To participate and/or sponsor someone, please register at the Running Room.
To donate directly to L’Arche Daybreak, please go to the Running Room Donate link.
YOUR support can help to make an impact on the lives of so many people with intellectual disabilities, as well as their families and the community at large.
IN THE SPIRIT OF BUILDING
A STRONGER COMMUNITY
Thank you for your support!
Thank you for your participation!
Thank you for making a difference!
Our Fall 2012 Newsletter
Published on: October 16th, 2012
Inside this edition is:
- The Barn Dance for Solidarity, A Daybreak Tradition – Trish Glennon
- Finding Delight: Our Theme for the Year – Carl MacMillan
- A Meditation by Henri Nouwen – Henri Nouwen
- Planned Gifts Create an Enduring Legacy – Colette Halferty
Click here to read our Fall 2012 Newsletter.
Inspirational L’Arche Story
Published on: August 31st, 2012
George Durner recounts some significant experiences from his first year at L’Arche Daybreak, 1976. George is currently a part of the coordinating team for L’Arche International. The video was recorded in Trosly-Breuil, France at the original L’Arche community. ~ posted August 31, 2012
George Durner 2012 from L'Arche Daybreak on Vimeo.
The Art Show featured on Rogers TV – May 2012
Published on: May 14th, 2012
Kim Lageer speaking to a reporter from Rogers TV
L’Arche Daybreak “With Our Own Hands”
Published on: March 21st, 2012
This ensemble performance on May 8 2012 beautifully weaved together film, music, drama and dance in a very inspiring and imaginative way. Presenting a positive platform for artists with disabilities, this poetic tapestry celebrated the creative life of L’Arche Daybreak. With Our Own Hands featured the Spirit Movers, L’Arche Daybreak’s dance and movement troupe, and the Movers and Shakers, L’Arche Daybreak’s new theatre group. The performance also showcased some of L’Arche Daybreak’s many talented musicians.
You can see the slideshow of the members of our community here:
Gala 2012 Slideshow from L'Arche Daybreak on Vimeo.
A Reflection on Friendship – Sania at the Craft Studio
Published on: March 20th, 2012
I like everything about working at the Craft Studio. I really like working with the clay because I like making things with my hands. I used to make things with my hands in high school in Scarborough. I made Christmas stuff, a black cat with a big mould. I put it in the kiln and glazed it black. Before I came to the Craft Studio, I went to Crossroads, then Step by Step, then I landed here. I work at the Craft Studio two days a week. The other three days I go to school called Academy of Learning. There I do computer things and spend time on the internet. Sometimes I tell stories to my friends at school about working in the Craft Studio. Mostly I’m quiet. I put my nose in my studies.
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Justin Colford reflects on his job at the Woodery
Published on: February 29th, 2012
February 29, 2012
I really love coming to work here. Last year was my fifth year of coming here. My favourite thing about working in the Woodery is working with all the machines. I learned a little about the machines when I came here. I learned a lot here. I have a favourite machine – with the saw and pushing it down and throwing out the scrap pieces in the garbage. Sometimes I work with all the machines – one is called the press. It makes wheels. We send them off to the schools. That’s very very exciting.
I really like movies too! On Monday morning I like to go to movie acting. When I went to high school I did plays. I like Anna in the acting group.
I learned a lot here. I learned to be very very careful with the machines. Before I came here I worked with machines at Cardinal Carter – at the wood shop. I still keep in touch with my high school friends on the telephone. I haven’t spoken to them in a long long time because I’m so busy.
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L’Arche Daybreak Artists: “With Our Own Hands”
Published on: February 13th, 2012
Tom proudly shows one of his new pieces.
The Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts will be the venue for an art show throughout the month of April featuring artists from L’Arche Daybreak. L’Arche Daybreak Artists: With Our Own Hands
will be on display at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm and 1 hour prior to all ticketed performances. Closed Sundays unless a performance is taking place.
Jacquie Boughner, a professional artist from Richmond Hill who is a long-time friend of L’Arche Daybreak, has reflected deeply on the art of core members and has cited this quote from Marshall McLuhan: “The artist picks up the message of cultural and technical challenge decades before its transforming impact occurs… and then builds models for Noah’s arks for facing the change that is ahead.” Jacquie, who has spoken publicly about her experience of art in L’Arche, writes:
Those with intellectual disabilities have been called ‘artisans of the heart’ by Jean Vanier, the founder of L’Arche. In this exhibition, the L’Arche Daybreak artists create works full of joy, life and peace — a perspective of the heart with which to view and engage the world and society in which we live. These artists encourage us to trust our own hearts and hands of creativity in facing the changes in our world today.