On April 27th, L’Arche Greater Vancouver celebrated its 39th Anniversary. To commemorate the foundation of the L’Arche community in Vancouver, members, friends and family gathered at the South Burnaby United Church Hall, danced the night away to the tunes provided by “D. Frost and the Heaters” and passed a birthday cushion (in lieu of the usual birthday candle) and said a few words about how they were grateful for the formation of this community. To wrap up the party, we sang a blessing and invited our Executive Director, Denise and the members who were here from day one to cut the birthday cake. The whole experience can be summed up by the words of Jean Vanier:
“…Celebration springs not from the fact that someone has won or proved him or herself to be the strongest, but from the fact that the members of a community love each other, are happy to be together, each taking his or her place. Celebration flows from the union of hearts and from mutual trust. A community that does not celebrate is in danger of becoming just a group of people that gets things done.”
Stay tuned for plans for next year’s celebration when we will be turning 40!