L’Arche hosting ’50s dance

L’Arche Comox Valley holds a '50s dance this Saturday at the K'ómoks Band Hall on the Dyke Road.

L’Arche Comox Valley holds a ’50s dance this Saturday at the K’ómoks Band Hall on the Dyke Road.

Come out and have a great time dancing to all your favorite tunes from the ’50s and ’60s.

Flashback Freddy will entertain us with hits from the Silhouettes, Beach Boys, Fats Domino, Bobby Vee, Herman’s Hermits, Buddy Holly and more.

Join in the fun with a twist, jive, limbo and hula hoop contest. Dress up in your favourite ’50s costume-poodle skirts, bobby socks and all.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. the dance starts at 7. Tickets cost $20 each at the L’Arche Outreach Centre at 1744 England Ave. or at the door.

All proceeds are to support L’Arche Comox Valley, a registered non-profit society and a member of the International organization of L’Arche, founded by Canadian Jean Vanier.

The society operates a residence in Courtenay for individuals with developmental disabilities and an outreach centre that provides support to individuals and their families who struggle from lack of government funding, isolation and loneliness.

There has been much media attention in the past several weeks on CLBC-Community Living British Columbia and the need for greater government funding for this very vulnerable population.

Many stories have been featured in the newspaper or on the radio of struggling families faced with services that have been reduced once their young adults reach the age of 19.

Right here in the Comox Valley, several families having moved from other areas of the province or Canada are now on waitlists with no supports or assurances of when supports many be expected. Many of these families are struggling due to aging or exhaustion and live in constant fear for the future of their children.

One of these families recently commented, “Luckily I found the L’Arche Outreach Centre….I feel welcomed as well as my son who loves spending time there….rather than being seen as a problem or a burden, we are embraced for who we are and feel we belong!”

— L’Arche Comox Valley