In a world that often sees people with intellectual disabilities as less than whole, L’Arche celebrates their creativity, transparency and great capacity for joy as important gifts to be shared. Started by Jean Vanier in France in 1964, L’Arche has become an international movement with over 100 communities throughout the world. Founded in 1969 in Richmond Hill, Ontario, L’Arche Daybreak is the oldest L’Arche community in North America. Many local friends participate in our community life as volunteers. Other friends, students and visitors attend our worship services or retreats at Dayspring, our spiritual centre. L’Arche Daybreak is a dynamic example of how people of different intellectual capacity, social origin and culture can live and learn together. Our Mission is:* To create homes where faithful relationships based on forgiveness and celebration are nurtured.
- To reveal the unique value and vocation of each person;
- To change society, by choosing to live relationships in community, as a sign of hope and love.