L’Arche Exhibit at the Kelly Library

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L’Arche Daybreak and the Kelly Library (St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto) have collaborated to create a striking display of six large panels, to be unveiled at a celebration on October 22nd, 2014, 4 p.m. at the Library. The panels depict the 50-year history of L’Arche from its founding to the establishment of the first L’Arche community in Canada, and its growth. Today, it consists of two large separate communities—Daybreak, the … [Read more...]

Celebrating Thelus George (1924 – 2014)

Thelus George

A Eulogy for Thelus - October 15, 2014, by her friend Anne Todd Whether she weighed less than 50 pounds, as she did the last month of her life, or three times that when she was at her physical peak, Thelus George was a force to be reckoned with. Even when her body was failing, her strength of will and purpose inspired all who came in contact with her. Thelus didnʼt speak much the few days before she died, but the last words that I heard her … [Read more...]

Re-Imagining Disability

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Contributing Blog Post by Professor Pamela Cushing, University of Western Ontario, 2014 A story uses words to convey a message. Photographs tell stories too, but through visual elements & conventions that help teach us what is appropriate and worthy of being stared at. Such visual narratives often reflect what society already believes and values, and up until recently, Western photos typically characterized people with disability in medical, … [Read more...]

Linda and Keith – a door into forgiveness

Keith and Linda

  Linda had a gift for welcoming people and helping them feel at home. The first time I met Linda, she looked at me and said, ¨You look tired. Go to bed.¨ Keith Reynolds, friend of L'Arche Daybreak   Linda Slinger opened a door into forgiveness for me. Within the first few months of my arrival at Daybreak in 1992, Linda offered me a place in her heart. It was not because I was someone special; it was simply Linda´s way with nearly … [Read more...]