L'Arche Atlantic Region is part of a worldwide federation of communities dedicated to thecreation of homes, programs, and support networks with people who have intellectual disabilities.
As an international, multi-faith organization, we believe...
- that all people, whatever their gifts or their limitations, are bound together in a common humanity;
- that a truly just and compassionate society can only be built upon a real commitment to welcome and to respect the most vulnerable in our midst; and
- that faith, spirituality, and religion bring light to the world only when they inspire us to be open to people of different intellectual capacities, social origins, races, religions and cultures.
Founded in 1964 by renowned Canadian, Jean Vanier, L'Arche now has homes and programs of various kinds in 40 countries all over the world, and on every continent.
In Atlantic Canada, our communities have homes and programs of various kinds in the provinces of Nova Scotia (Antigonish, Halifax, Iron Mines, Mabou, Orangedale, and Wolfville) and New
Brunswick (Saint John).
L'Arche in Haiti: A Reporter - Photographer's Chroncile (By Jonathan Boulet-Groulx)
Jonathan Boulet-Groulx is a young reporter-photographer who has been involved with L'Arche as a volunteer and an assistant for more than five years. He has been living in Chantal, Haiti, since May 2009. When he isn't busy with L'Arche Chantal's work-expansion project, he might be nestled in his hammock, or he might be taking photographs that illustrate the living conditions of people with intellectual disabilities in this, his adopted country. He intends to continue this work of photo-documentation indefinitely, in order to paint a portrait of intellectual disabilities in the world.
Diploma in Assisted Living: Human Care and Community
Fall courses begin on September 14th
L’Arche Assistants and others interested in pursuing a unique professional development opportunity are invited to sign up for the “Diploma in Assisted Living: Human Care and Community.” This distance learning program, developed by St. Francis Xavier University in collaboration with L’Arche Canada, is comprised of five courses for professional and personal development, and is designed for individuals who have some training and/or experience working or living with people who have intellectual disabilities. As such, it aims to build on the knowledge and skills participants already possess regarding community living and human care.
Each 12-week course is offered on a set schedule in either the fall (September – December) or winter term (January – April) and the program generally takes 2.5 years to complete. Current participants include parents and siblings of intellectually disabled children or adults, L’Arche assistants, group home leaders and workers, residential care facility coordinators, employment counselors, residential counselors, teaching assistants, and others from across the country.
Participants must have a minimum of Grade XII academic and one year experience working or living with a person/people with a intellectual disability. Those who do not have Grade XII may qualify under the Mature Student Policy.
Access to course instructors is an important feature of the program. Instructors have designated weekly office hours when they are available to students by toll free calling and email. Instructors facilitate the online discussion forum and give written feedback on assignments.
Courses start September 14, 2009.
Download the brochure
Learn more about the program
For more information, contact Mary MacInnis, Program Coordinator:
Diploma in Assisted Living: Human Care & Community
Continuing & Distance Education Department
St. Francis Xavier University
P. O. Box 5000
Antigonish, NS B2G 2W5
Toll Free (within Canada): 1.866.551.7575
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Members of L’Arche Atlantic Region gather for a picture on the steps of St. Peter’s Church in Saint John, New Brunswick.
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