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Transforming Lives, Transforming Society
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.

Impacts

The Impact of L'Arche on Professional Lives

One of the little known but powerful dimensions of L’Arche is its impact on the women and men who spend time in a L’Arche community as assistants. L'Arche has shaped the personal and professional lives of thousands of young people who take learning and wisdom from L’Arche into all walks of life. A far-flung network carries L’Arche values into careers around the world.

Niko Thomas
Airline pilot
As an assistant in L’Arche I experienced warm-hearted, intense human relationships which developed quickly. We had to cope with the daily challenges of life that called forth happiness and sadness. I left with a wider horizon, letting things be how they are, feeling kindness, inner peace, tolerance, patience and love. Up until now the L’Arche experiences and values have a lasting effect on my daily life.”

 
Rachel Vostermans
Nurse
The way I practice as a nurse has been influenced by my time in L’Arche in so many ways. The core members at L’Arche reminded me that there is so much more than we see on the surface. This helps me to dig deeper with my patients, to take the time to get to know who they really are, and listen to their true needs and not those we have determined for them. Being part of a L’Arche team gave me valuable skills that I have transferred to my experience as a team member in the hospital. It has helped me with problem-solving, conflict resolution and keeping a sense of humour!

 
Jenny Hughes
Doctor
My experience at L’Arche strongly influenced my daily practice as a doctor, having taught me patience, empathy and insight into the lives of disabled or otherwise marginalized people. I feel privileged to have been part of a community where people are as loving and so entirely accepting of others, no matter their differences. There is no doubt that my decision to volunteer with L’Arche was one of the best choices I could have made after leaving school.