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JUNE 2019

June Gathering


Join us for Soup & Stories on Sunday 9th June, 12 - 3.30pm at our house in Dianella - 165 Alexander Drive.

Over a bowl of soup and some crusty bread we’ll share a retrospective of the highlights of Jean Vanier’s life and make time for sharing our own stories.

Let us know here if you can provide soup to share.

May Gathering


Our May Gathering, a week before Mothers Day, was an opportunity to thank our mums for all that they mean to us. We also celebrated the birthdays of five of our group, Anabelle, Justina, Mark, Sarah and Nora. Thank you Justina for bringing the rainbow cake which was enjoyed by everyone.
It was also a time to discuss with Claire and the board our strategic direction  and the progress of our plans to welcome Elaine from London. We congratulated Claire on her wedding plans and were saddened by her immminent departure from the board. Her impact on the community was gratefully acknowledged and we hope the discernment process for a new Chair will bring us someone equally inspiring.

News from the Chair 

Thank you for your feedback regarding our recent newsletter survey. We were very pleased to note that many of you are satisfied with the content. Given our change of status from Friends of L’Arche to L’Arche Perth it’s a good time to make some changes to our image and update the way you receive the newsletter. You provided some great ideas on possible ways of engaging our core members which we plan to test and try throughout the year. We have receved a grant to update all our publicity and marketing material and continue to welcome your ideas here.

Walkability


In April, we hosted our annual WalkAbility fundraising event which was a tremendous success, raising $7,000. This would not have been possible without the commitment and dedication of our wonderful volunteer task force lead by Justina. Thank you all so much. 

Danielle Loizou-Lake from NDS officially opened the event with inspirational words about community, inclusion and relationship - all central to the meaning of  L’Arche. Jess Karlsson, CEO of Cahoots, was a key sponsor and MC’d our raffle.

Again, a very special mention to our donors who delighted the winners of the raffle, especially the artwork from the L’Arche community in Stratford Canada which was snapped up by Fionn and Jaleena (Pia’s cousin). 

Board News


The month of May was a roller coaster of events and emotions for our community. Early in the month it was wonderful to welcome many new faces to our Mothers Day celebration and to give thanks to our regular supporters who make these events so sacred. 
 
Board members and community had a frank and open discussion about L’Arche Perth’s strategic direction and the possible associated impacts/risks. Claire also updated the community on our dialogue and planning with Elaine in London and our national leader. The community endorsed and supported our strategic direction and we are all hopeful that we will welcome Elaine and her husband, Geoff this year. It was emphasised that our plan needs to be driven and embraced by the collective community and cannot be solely achieved by the Board. The community can assist by expanding and inviting networks to L’Arche Perth and support our events & fundraising initiatives. 
 
Claire also advised that we have engaged Jill Mason, a consultant, to assist us in our NDIS Provider Registration process. Following the work already completed by Anabelle and Claire, Jill estimates that we will be able to successfully complete our registration within 4-6 weeks. 
 
Shortly after our Gathering, while publicising and preparing for the screening of Summer in the Forest, we were shocked by the news of Jean Vanier’s death. 
 
His funeral was televised in France and live streamed around the world. A gathering was hastily arranged at our house in Dianella for those who wanted to watch it and remember Jean in their own way. The funeral service was typical of the man: humble, joyful, inclusive; a celebration of a life lived beautifully in the service of others. 
Jean Vanier passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 7 at 2:10 am in Trosly where he founded L’Arche, surrounded by family and his beloved community. We all know Jean’s place in the history of L’Arche and Faith and Light and in the personal stories of a great many of us. He has left a tremendous legacy of community at its best. Tributes to Jean from around the world can be found here.
 
Within days of the funeral we were welcoming a sell-out crowd at Cinema Paradiso to view what turned out to be the last film made about Jean. We were all moved again by his humanity and compassion, his delight in the small moments of life, his ability to see the beauty in everyone. The AS I AM film about Katherine in Hobart made us laugh and think deeply and differently about the challenges faced by people with an intellectual disability. 
 

Volunteer Thank You


From the sublime to the ridiculous, three days later we were hostng a lunch for our volunteers at the Windsor Hotel in South Perth. Planned months ago when we received a grant from Lotterywest through Volunteering WA, it was an opportunity to bring together our special group of willing helpers and honour their contribution to L’Arche Perth.
 
Where would we be without those who help out in our garden, run our sausage sizzles, help out at WalkAbility, raise money, assist core members at weekends, animate our Gatherings, give their time to offer technical support and serve on committees and on the board? Thanks to the generous grant from Lotterywest they were able to enjoy a lovely lunch and each other’s company. 
 
On this special occasion we took the opportunity to present our departing Board Chair, Claire, with flowers to thank her for the amazing contribution she has made while in that role and congratulate her on her forthcoming wedding.

Au Revoir from Claire


It is with mixed emotion that I announce my stepping down from the role of Chair of the Board. While it has been short it has been very sweet. The last six months have been absolutely wonderful and I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to be a part of a very unique community.

Due to unforeseen circumstances in both my professional and personal life, my capacity is limited. The community, especially at such a critical juncture needs a leader that can give the time and dedication that is required to bring L’Arche Perth’s vision alive. I leave a strong, skilled and enthusiastic Board that are deeply connected and committed to our L’Arche Perth community.

The community chose to proceed with a discernment process for a new Chair. David, our national leader will lead a discernment process within the next 6-8 weeks but in the meantime we will be in the capable hands of our previous chair, Vera Waldby, who has generously stepped into the role. 

With every best wish and love,

Claire 

SPOTLIGHT ON… Sarah Britton 


While we may have considered the month of May was a rollercoaster, spare a thought for Sarah. On Mothers Day she moved out of the family home and into an ACTIV group home! The move went smoothly, thanks to a lot of thoughtful preparation from mum, Julie, and the positive experience of her brother Mark before her. 
 
If you think Sarah looks famiiar it may be because you’ve seen her on TV as one of the housemates in the SBS series, The Dream House, which followed the lives of three young people with disabiity trying to live independently in a shared house.

While it didn't work out for Sarah on that occasion, due to a lack of ongoing support and no funding available to increase it, Sarah acquired a taste for the independent life and waited patiently at home for the next opportunity. 
Lack of funding may have clipped her wings but it has never stopped her pursuing her other dream – performing in musical theatre. She is an active member of Voiceworks+, a musical theatre choir for people with and without disabilities in Shenton Park.  With the skills developed in this community group she has participated in several productions, starring as ‘Mrs Whodoyou Thinkyouare’ in last year’s pantomime Much Ado About Something.
Sarah has been an active member of L’Arche Perth over many years, serving on the Spiritual Llife Group committee and always willing to speak about L’Arche to community groups. We all wish her the best in her new home and acknowledge how difficult it must be for her parents to fill the joy-filled space that Sarah has left in their daily lives.

Upcoming Birthdays


 
Bob King June 30

Alison King, Yolanda Berg, Angelina Peroni July 30

Vera Waldby August 16

Pia Peroni 13 September

Chris King 23 September
The end of the financial year is a good time to consider making tax-free donations. Please consider L’Arche Perth if you are thinking along these lines.
 
EFT: WESTPAC Bank Account name: L’Arche Perth Inc

BSB: 036 302  
Account: 383 187 
Please include your name in the transfer details. 

Alternatively you can make one-off donations by: 
Cheque: payable to L’Arche Perth Inc directly into our Westpac Bank account.
Cash: Please make cash payments directly into our Westpac Bank Account, including your name. 
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