1, Archbishop Terrence Pendergrast celebrates mass at the Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica in the memory of Jean Vanier

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2, L’Arche Ontario’s Regional Leader, Toinette Parisio speaks to the press on her friendship with Jean Vanier and his mission.

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Under-One-Sky Fundraising Concert and Auction

May 25th, 2019

Julian of Norwich Anglican Church

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With your help, we can build a stronger, more supportive community  for Seniors, People with Disabilities and Families in Need!

Members of Julian of Norwich Anglican Church have a long history in supporting the work of the larger community. All proceeds from the Under-One-Sky Fundraising Concert and Auction will be shared among these organizations:

• L'Arche for adults and seniors with developmental disabilities

• Nelson House for safe shelter of women and children who are being abused

• Cornerstone Housing for Women who need assistance in living with dignity at any age

• Refuge NOW for refugee sponsorship

• Centre 454 community center for people who live in poverty

• The Glebe Centre serving seniors for over 130 years

This is a rare opportunity to hear Kerson Leung play a unique variety of repertoire accompanied by his mother, Tu Mach (piano), and Julien Bisaillon (guitar). Expect to be astonished and deeply moved by the energy and expressiveness of this young virtuoso, who has been keenly followed by music-lovers since he was a young boy.
Treat your clients, employees and family to hear this exciting, Ottawa-born, internationally acclaimed violinist. After the concert, you and your guests can enjoy refreshments and mingle with the stars of the program and celebrity guests.
Tax receipts will be provided where applicable, e.g. a portion of the Adult or VIP ticket prices and each sponsorship level.


Humanitarian Jean Vanier's life to be celebrated at L'Arche Ottawa fundraiser


French founder of the Communaute de l'Arche (Arch community) Jean Vanier smiles during a press conference in central London on March 11, 2015. JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP/GETTY IMAGES

French founder of the Communaute de l'Arche (Arch community) Jean Vanier smiles during a press conference in central London on March 11, 2015. JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP/GETTY IMAGES

The life of Canadian Jean Vanier, the 90-year-old philosopher, humanitarian and community builder, will be celebrated Friday evening by L’Arche Ottawa.

Vanier is the founder of L’Arche, an international movement dedicated to improving the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by building inclusive, caring communities.

L’Arche began in France in August 1964 after Vanier, a Canadian professor of philosophy and retired naval officer, visited some institutionalized men with intellectual disabilities in France. Disturbed by the loneliness of those he met but moved by their humanity, Vanier renovated a home in a village called Trosly-Breuil, and invited some of the men to live with him.

He called the community “L’Arche” (the ark), and today there are 150 L’Arche communities in 37 countries dedicated to creating what Vanier once called “places of hope.”

L’Arche Ottawa’s celebration of Vanier’s life, which takes place Friday evening at the National Gallery of Canada, will include a special screening of a recently-released documentary film about his work, Summer in the Forest.

Director Randall Wright will introduce the film and discuss his impressions of Vanier with Globe and Mail journalist Ian Brown, who has written extensively about Vanier’s work and has explored his relationship with his own disabled son in his acclaimed book, “The Boy in the Moon.”

Proceeds from the event will go towards supporting the 30 members of L’Arche Ottawa.

Tickets for the fundraiser are available online or by email at

It started as an experiment in the 60s to bring people out of institutions, into communities. Now there are more than a hundred L'Arche communities around the world including here in Ottawa.

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