Thank you so much to everyone who came out to the Voicing Perspective opening night reception!

We had over 200 individuals present at the reception, and were honored by the presence of guests such as Peter Tabuns; representatives from the Toronto Arts Council, Reena, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab, Community Living Toronto, Community Living Ontario, and MCSS.

Special thanks to Karen Chan, Assistant Deputy Minister of Community and Social Services, for coming out and demonstrating a commitment to creating inclusive spaces in the arts.

If you haven’t had a chance to visit the exhibit, Voicing Perspective will continue to run at The Gallery at the J until February 24, 2016.

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L’Arche Toronto and Miles Nadal JCC are pleased to bring you an exciting visual art and photography exhibit: Voicing Perspective.

When: Jan 30 – Feb 24, 2016
Where: The Gallery at the J, Miles Nadal JCC, 750 Spadina Avenue, Toronto

Join us for the Opening Reception!
Thurs Feb 4, 6-9pm

Voicing Perspective


Voicing Perspective brings together two exhibits, Disability/Visibility and
Songs of the Heart. Featuring visual art and photography from people
with disabilities, the exhibit invites viewers to shift their perspective on
disability and to consider disability culture.

Songs of the Heart, presented by L’Arche Toronto, is a L’Arche
International art exhibit featuring paintings by artists with intellectual
disabilities from around the globe.

There are over 148 L’Arche communities in over 38 countries where
people with and without intellectual disabilities live, celebrate and share
life together. Songs of the Heart takes the viewer on a creative journey
to L’Arche communities in 12 different countries around the world.

Disability/Visibility is an exploration of identity and disability and
an invitation to the viewer to enter into a world of empowerment and
storytelling. We are engaging in a conversation, capturing the unique
exchange of artist, disability, and Toronto. Each photo in this gallery is
a refl ection of the individual’s focus, chosen by each artist. These photos
are statements on the lived experience of young artists with disabilities.

Disabilities/Visibilities is led by artist and mentor Maayan Ziv. Maayan
is a fashion, portrait, and street photographer. Sitting on a wheelchair
gives her a unique perspective that is evident in her work. Her goal is to
bring awareness to disabilities and the arts.

Please contact the Miles Nadal JCC in advance if you have any particular accommodation needs.
Contact:; (416) 924-6211 x330


Posting - GatheringsPosted on December 23, 2015

Our Winter 2015 Gatherings Newsletter is now available online!

Here are the highlights of this edition:

  • A Christmas Story from a L’Arche House Leader
  • Reflections on Relationship by John Guido
  • Sips for Solidarity – A Birthday Tea Party
  • The 2015 AlleyOop! Bowl-a-thon success!
  • Everyone Belongs Monthly Donor Program

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Join us at our Spring Out Loud open mic event, presented by L’Arche Toronto Sol Express!

When: Saturday, May 2 at 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Where: Royal Canadian Legion Branch 345 81 Peard Road, Toronto, M4B 1T8

Spring Out Loud 2015



For tickets please contact or call 416-406-2869 x 25

Join this event on Facebook now and come see our show!

Come and join us for an evening of reflection on Belonging with film, poetry, clowns and dance, featuring L’Arche Toronto Sol Express Performers with The Everyone Can Sing Choir and The Trinity St. Paul’s Choir!

Saturday, April 11 at 7:30 pm
The Papermill Theatre at Todmorden Mills
67 Pottery Road, Toronto, M4K 2B9


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Jean Vanier has been awarded the 2015 Templeton Prize, one of the world’s largest annual awards given to an individual.

London, U.K., March 11, 2015 – Jean Vanier, the founder of L’ARCHE, a ground-breaking international network of communities where people with and without intellectual disabilities live and work together as peers, has been awarded the 2015 Templeton Prize.

Valued at £1.1 million (about $1.7 million USD), the Prize is one of the world’s largest annual awards given to an individual. It honors a living person who has made exceptional contributions to affirming life’s spiritual dimension, whether through insight, discovery, or practical works. Vanier joins a distinguished group of 44 former recipients, including Mother Teresa, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, and the Dalai Lama.

When he founded L’ARCHE in France in 1964, Vanier, now 86, discovered that those people whom society typically considers of least value, enable the strong to recognize and welcome their own vulnerability and to grow in their humanity. Five years later, the first Canadian community, L’ARCHE Daybreak, was founded in Richmond Hill, Ontario. In 1972, Vanier co-founded Faith and Light, which is now a world-wide network supporting families with members who have an intellectual disability.

Worldwide, there are now 147 L’ARCHE communities in 35 countries on 5 continents. Twenty-nine communities are in Canada, spread from Comox Valley, BC, to Cape Breton, NS.

In remarks prepared for today’s announcement in London, England, Vanier made a plea for global peace, saying “Before being Christians or Jews or Muslims, before being Americans or Russians or Africans, before being generals or priests, rabbis or imams, before having visible or invisible disabilities, we are all human beings with hearts capable of loving.”

In her remarks, Jennifer Simpson, daughter of Foundation president and chairman Dr. John M. Templeton, Jr. and granddaughter of Sir John Templeton, noted “By recognizing the importance of every individual, regardless of their station in life, Jean Vanier underscores how each of us has the ability not only to lift up others, but also ourselves… His powerful message and practice of love has the potential to change the world for the better, just as it has already changed the lives of countless individuals who have been touched by this extraordinary man.”

The Vanier name is well-known and respected in Canada. Numerous schools, colleges, and other institutions bear the name of Jean Vanier or of his esteemed father and mother, former Governor General Georges P. Vanier and Pauline Vanier.

Vanier has written and spoken tirelessly over more than 50 years, encouraging social justice, dialogue and unity among Christians and those of others faiths. He continues to live in the original L’ARCHE community, north of Paris, and will formally be awarded the Templeton Prize at a public ceremony in London, England on Monday, May 18, 2015.

For more information, or to make arrangements to visit a local L’ARCHE community for interviews, filming, etc.:

John O’Donnell
Senior Marketing and Public Relations Advisor
L’Arche Canada
Tel: 902-664-7536 (mobile)

Gabrielle Beaulieu
Vice-National Leader
L’Arche Canada
Tel: 514-715-1841 (mobile)

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As part of its Jubilee celebrations, L’Arche International launches an online art exhibition today, December 3rd, the United Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities!

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Here is a beautiful piece by our very own Andrea Frizon.
Check out the online gallery here:


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Columnist Michael Gerson writes about the uniqueness of the L’Arche model of community and his experience while visiting a community in Virginia, USA.

“The prevailing professional model of social services involves the setting of emotional boundaries. L’Arche exists to cross those boundaries — to strive for a friendship of equals.”

Read the whole article here.


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Posted on September 15, 2014

Podcasts now available for “How to do ordinary things”, the two-part series on L’Arche by the award-winning CBC Radio One program, Ideas!

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