Thirty years after his father received the honour, Dr. Jean Vanier, O.C., who has devoted 30 years to caring for the mentally disabled, will be awarded the Loyola Medal by Concordia University and its Loyola Alumni Association.
Vanier's father, then Governor-General Georges P. Vanier was the first recipient of the Loyola Medal.
Jean Vanier left Canada in 1964 to settle in France, and invited two disabled men to live with him in a large country farm-house at Trosly-Breuil. Their home became L'Arche, a physical and spiritual haven for the disabled, and an inspiration around the world. There are now 95 L'Arche communities in 22 countries, helping 1,750 people.
Jean Vanier is also the co-founder of the Faith and Light movement, which is active in approximately 800 communities in 50 countries. Faith and Light brings together those with mental disabilities, their friends and their families.