We held a very special event on October 21st and 22nd. We were given the opportunity to share, and introduce, L'Arche to Newfoundland & Labrador. First, we held an event at the Medical School on the campus of Memorial University, to anyone who wanted to learn about L'Arche and its benefits to a community and what it can bring to Newfoundland & Labrador. Second, and lastly, we held a "L'Arche Day" at the Rotary Sunshine Park on the 22nd of October. We came together as a community, with the help of some of our visitors, and demonstrated what a day at L'Arche will look like in our future community!
On Friday, October 21st, we were blessed with the visit of Raphael Amato (as our keynote speaker), followed by a panel, which included: Sarah Parasio, Krista Simmons, and Raphael Amato. The event was co-ordinated by Jenn Power (the leader of L'Arche Atlantic), the Board Members of Cornerstone Housing Society, our members, and the general public. It was an excellent evening! Click here to read the VOCM story.
On Saturday, October 22nd, we held an event at the Rotary Sunshine Park (just outside of St. John's) - where CHS regularly meets for gatherings and events - for a special "L'Arche Day" co-ordinated by Jenn Power and our visitors that came from a number of L'Arche homes. We came together, from morning to late afternoon, ate together, and participated in a number of community-building activities.
That particular weekend had one main goal: to share and introduce L'Arche to Newfoundland & Labrador. Several weeks before this particular weekend we had submitted our application for 'Project status' to L'Arche Canada. It is with great excitement that we can now share our wonderful news: Cornerstone Housing Society has received 'Project status'!
The following statement, regarding our L'Arche Project status, comes from our Chair, Lewis Andrews:
“We are very excited to announce that L’Arche Canada has granted Cornerstone Housing Society Project status. This is a significant step in our journey to obtain full L’Arche status and to ultimately create a L’Arche Community and open a home for intellectually disabled adults in this province.
Keep watching for more developments and exciting news as we discuss the possibility of a new name to reflect our new status and also consider when would be an appropriate time to start the process of hiring an executive director to assist in our work to bring a L’Arche Community to NL.”
We would like to thank everyone in the St. John's community for your continued support for our organization, and let's come together for another important stepping stone into the full development of a L'Arche community in Newfoundland & Labrador - a first for this province!