L'Arche Canada

L'Arche Canada

November 12, 2015 09:30 ET

Her Excellency Sharon Johnston Welcomed as Patron of L'Arche Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Nov. 12, 2015) - L'Arche Canada is pleased to announce that Her Excellency Sharon Johnston has agreed to support L'Arche as a Patron while she and her husband, Governor General of Canada David Johnston, continue in office.

Mrs. Johnston has supported L'Arche now for a number of years, not only locally in the Ottawa area, but nationally as well. In November 2014, she hosted a gathering at Rideau Hall during which representatives of L'Arche Canada's four regions (Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario, and Western Canada) met with Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal, who is also a Patron of L'Arche in the U.K.

Mrs. Johnston has agreed to take on the role of Patron of L'Arche Canada at a crucial time for people with intellectual disabilities in this country. A native of Sault Sainte Marie, she completed her studies in physiotherapy and rehabilitation medicine at the University of Toronto and received a B.Sc. degree at the University of Western Ontario, and an M.Sc. degree at McGill University. She also graduated as a Doctor of Philosophy in rehabilitation science at McGill.

About L'Arche

Founded in 1964 by Jean Vanier, son of former Governor General Georges P. Vanier and Pauline Vanier, L'Arche is an international not-for-profit organization dedicated to the creation and growth of homes, programs, and support networks with people who have intellectual disabilities. With over 150 locations in 40 countries around the world, L'Arche brings together people with and without visible disabilities to build communities where the gifts and contribution of every person can be recognized and valued, and where everyone is supported to find a place of belonging.

Contact Information

  • John O'Donnell
    Senior Marketing and Public Relations Advisor
    L'Arche Canada
    902-664-7536 (mobile)
    john.odonnell@larche.ca