Irene Borins Ash
Toronto, Ontario- Canada

I first became involved with L'Arche in 1999 when I was writing my first book "Treasured Legacies- Older & Still Great" Second Story Press, 2003. I was fortunate to be able to interview and photograph Jean Vanier and a core member Francis Maurice, thanks to Beth Porter. I have read most of what Jean has written and his ideas and values have helped shape my value system both in my social work practise and in my own life. I am thrilled to say that a photograph I took of Jean was used on the cover of the 10th Anniversary Edition of "Becoming Human"In a world where beauty, strength and intellect reign supreme Jean's message it so important. Jean has brought dignity, love, a home and a place of belonging to the frail and vulnerable. Jean is a true humanitarian.