Nicholas Tassie Volunteers at Seeds of Hope
Nicholas writes about his experience . . .
March 21st, 2011
Earlier this year, I volunteered at L'Arche Daybreak in Richmond Hill for the Henri Nouwen Society. I didn't know much about Daybreak until I arrived but I soon found out that it is a great place. L'Arche Daybreak is a community that works with people with intellectual disabilities. L'Arche Daybreak was started in 1969. Henri Nouwen, who was a very spiritual man, was a priest and a pastor at L'Arche Daybreak. Henri Nouwen wrote many books and was a peacemaker. At L'Arche Daybreak I volunteered for 3 hours to help set up for a retreat called “Seeds of Hope” that is sponsored by the Henri Nouwen Society and Daybreak. The work included setting up chairs, directing traffic in the parking lot, and organizing brochures on tables. I met some amazing people while I was there and had a great experience.
- Nicholas Tassie, Grade 8, St. Mary Immaculate Catholic Elementary School, Richmond Hill, Ontario
Photo (by Judy Cerny): Nicholas Tassie and HNS board member Karen Pascal direct traffic at the Seeds of Hope retreat March 5, 2011 at L'Arche Daybreak. Nicholas will be making his Confirmation on June 2, 2011. As part of his preparations to receive this sacrament, he has been taking part in volunteer work. The Henri Nouwen Society was delighted to have him with us. Many thanks and blessings Nicholas!
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