On April 10 and 11 students at RJC participated in Deeper Life Days. This event, planned with support from the Faith and Life committee, focused on community building, fostering relationships and recognizing the gifts in one another. A particular emphasis of Deeper Life Days was exploring these themes in the context of work and relationships with adults with disabilities.
The first event of Deeper Life Days featured Wyndham Thiessen and Andrea Schmidt, both from L’Arche Saskatoon. They told the story of Jean Vanier and the start of L’Arche, an international organization that builds communities of support for adults with and without disabilities. They also taught the students about mutuality and sharing life. This presentation was supplemented with the musical talents of Christopher, a core member of a L’Arche home in Saskatoon.
During the following morning RJC students took these themes and ideas and put them into practice. Four organizations that support adults with disabilities, L’Arche, Farm in the Dell, Sunshine Housing and Valley Action, were invited to bring clients and core members to enjoy a morning of activities with students. Everyone was divided into small groups that moved between different stations. Stations included dancing, food preparation, artistic expression and karaoke. The goal was to build relationships and highlight the gifts in one another.
Deeper Life Days concluded with a time of sharing, featuring songs and art developed during the morning, and a lunch of pizza prepared in our dining hall.
Thanks to each of the partnering organizations, as well as RJC staff, students and the Faith and Life committee, for making this event a real success!