IRON MINES: Members and friends gathered at L’Arche Cape Breton’s Founders Chapel on Friday to celebrate their new four-year Community Mandate, and to affirm executive director Mukthar Limpao in his role as community leader.

Mary MacDougall and Mary Oommen welcomed everyone to the chapel on the cold and blustery day, and they thanked Mukthar for accepting the role as community leader for the next four years. They also extended their gratitude to the mandate committee who worked on the new document over the past several months.

Silas Donham, a member of the mandate committee, introduced the four main principles of the document.

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Each member of the community matters and they care about supporting each other well. L’Arche will nurture the physical and mental well-being, and foster the growth of core members and assistants.

L’Arche values being together in ways that are meaningful and fun. In their homes, work programs, gatherings and celebrations, the group vows to will foster a vibrant community life. Each member has a role to fulfill in this.

L’Arche Cape Breton has something vital to say to the world about disability, diversity, and community. They also have much to learn from the people and organizations around them. This communication must be mutual and happens best within relationship.

L’Arche Cape Breton is rich in resources of land, water access, and especially with the creation of their new gathering place, buildings.  It is their responsibility to make the best use of these resources to fully meet the needs of the community and its members while recognizing their role as environmental stewards.

In accepting his mandate to lead the L’Arche Cape Breton community for the next four years, Mukthar expressed gratitude to everyone for their trust in him. He said that although the community has been through a lot together over the years, L’Arche has always had hope for the future, and a willingness to work together.