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OUR STORY FRANCE: Jean Vanier, son of Canada’s former Governor General Georges Vanier, founded the original L’Arche community in France in 1964.  Living in the small French village of Trosly-Breuil, Jean invited two men with intellectual disabilities from a local institution to create a home with him.  he called this home L’Arche, meaning “The Ark.”  From this simple beginning, Jean Vanier became one of the foremost visionaries of our time in advocating for people with intellectual disabilities.  L’Arche has long been recognized as an innovative social movement for the world.  Today, there are over 140 communities in over forty countries. OTTAWA VALLEY (ARNPRIOR):  In 1975, Brian and Mary Lou Halferty welcomed Ian Squires to share their home in a small farming community in Frontenac County. L’Arche Frontenac built a second home the following year, and members moved in from the surrounding area in early 1977. Over the following decade we grew as a community, with assistants and core members working together on the farm to produce and sometimes to sell items such as maple syrup, firewood and eggs. In 1988, the community moved to Arnprior in order to be closer to day program and medical facilities. Over the years, we have lived all the ups and downs that are part of life.  We have grown in size and competence as we have responded to the changing needs of members and changing ways of supporting persons with disabilities in Ontario.  We have supported members who have declined through illness and aging, sometimes needing long-term care.  We have said goodbye to many who have left (sometimes well, and sometimes not) to explore other paths in life.  We have said farewell to members who have died.  We have changed and grown through all that life has brought us, constantly seeking to renew the Identity and Mission of L’Arche to keep us faithful to our calling. Today, we have grown to include three homes, a family home and a supported independent living program.  Our community includes members with and without disabilities, volunteers including an active Board of Directors, family and friends.  The story of L’Arche Arnprior is being written by the people living it; it is a story that is still unfolding.  
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Brian Halferty (2014)
L’Arche 50th Celebration. Philippe Seux, founding core member.  Trosly-Breuil, France.
OUR Beginnings
Below is a video from the Regional Gathering of L’Arche Ontario in 2014.  Brian Halferty reminisces about his days as a student of Jean Vanier.
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L’Arche Arnprior.  Website Design & Hosting by Mark Cassanto & Associates.
OUR STORY FRANCE: Jean Vanier, son of Canada’s former Governor General Georges Vanier, founded the original L’Arche community in France in 1964.  Living in the small French village of Trosly-Breuil, Jean invited two men with intellectual disabilities from a local institution to create a home with him.  he called this home L’Arche, meaning “The Ark.”  From this simple beginning, Jean Vanier became one of the foremost visionaries of our time in advocating for people with intellectual disabilities.  L’Arche has long been recognized as an innovative social movement for the world.  Today, there are over 140 communities in over forty countries. OTTAWA VALLEY (ARNPRIOR):  In 1975, Brian and Mary Lou Halferty welcomed Ian Squires to share their home in a small farming community in Frontenac County. L’Arche Frontenac built a second home the following year, and members moved in from the surrounding area in early 1977. Over the following decade we grew as a community, with assistants and core members working together on the farm to produce and sometimes to sell items such as maple syrup, firewood and eggs. In 1988, the community moved to Arnprior in order to be closer to day program and medical facilities. Over the years, we have lived all the ups and downs that are part of life.  We have grown in size and competence as we have responded to the changing needs of members and changing ways of supporting persons with disabilities in Ontario.  We have supported members who have declined through illness and aging, sometimes needing long-term care.  We have said goodbye to many who have left (sometimes well, and sometimes not) to explore other paths in life.  We have said farewell to members who have died.  We have changed and grown through all that life has brought us, constantly seeking to renew the Identity and Mission of L’Arche to keep us faithful to our calling. Today, we have grown to include three homes, a family home and a supported independent living program.  Our community includes members with and without disabilities, volunteers including an active Board of Directors, family and friends.  The story of L’Arche Arnprior is being written by the people living it; it is a story that is still unfolding.  
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