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L’Arche Inverness turns 40!

Photo of Elizabeth and Mary Anne

Elizabeth Buckly and Mary Anne Larcina, 2015

Elizabeth Buckley, who today makes her home at L’Arche Daybreak, was the founding community leader at L’Arche Inverness in Scotland. She moved there in 1973 after spending time in the original L’Arche community in Trosly France. L’Arche Inverness was founded in March 1975 after a local lady, Jean Graham, donated her father’s house (Braerannoch) to L’Arche.

As L’Arche and its vision were such a new concept in the town it meant that there was some local opposition to the idea of adults with learning disabilities living outside of a hospital environment which at the time was “Craig Phadrig”. In this video, Elizabeth Buckley remembers the welcome she received on the very first day that people moved into the L’Arche home.