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The L’Arche Canada Foundation is a not-for-profit charity that raises funds on behalf of L’Arche Canada and is committed to transforming the lives of intellectually disabled people in communities across Canada.


Autumn 2006
Top Story: Caring Until the End

“We should all be so lucky to have a death like Rufus MacKinnon, “ says physician Mark Bennett. Rufus, a member of the L’Arche Cape Breton community, was a man who loved long walks and ice cream and hugs and sweeping the fl oor and drying dishes, and who did not speak and needed assistance with most tasks of daily life. Mark Bennett is a doctor in family practice in Inverness, Cape Breton. With over 3000 patients on his case load, Rufus stood out to Dr. Bennett. “Who can explain why I liked Rufus? I think everyone liked Rufus!” comments Dr. Bennett. As Rufus aged and neared the end of his life, Dr. Bennett supported Rufus’ family and L’Arche community in their decision to have Rufus die at home.