Kelly Beaton
Sudbury, Canada

I met Jean Vanier on my thirty-first birthday in Kolkata, India. I was attending an international L'Arche gathering and couldn't imagine a better way to celebrate. Given a choice, there is no one else I would have chosen to meet in that moment. I had worked as an assistant at L'Arche Ottawa while in university and later became involved with the board of directors of my local L'Arche community. There is something so special about what Jean started with L'Arche - the feeling is the same whether you are in Ottawa or India or anywhere else. Thank you Jean for your gift to us and congratulations on all you have accomplished!