Glenora Farm Fundraiser


Nestled in bucolic Glenora in the Cowichan Valley, Glenora Farm offers a radically inclusive environment for adults with special needs – providing cultural, artistic, and therapeutic experiences through residential care and day programming.
On Glenora farm, adults with developmental disabilities (“Companions”) live, work, and learn alongside their caregivers (“Coworkers”) within a horizontally structured social environment. This integrated model promotes self-efficacy and personal empowerment through mutual respect, meaningful work, and rewarding participation. Glenora Farm is owned and operated by the Ita Wegman Association, a member of the International Camphill movement and Camphill North America. The Camphill movement is dedicated to creating intentional communities based on the shared values of service, sharing, and responsibility to the earth. Under this philosophy, each individual’s unique gifts and contributions are recognized and valued; developmental disabilities are honoured and accommodated as a part of the fabric of human experience.
Daily activities on the farm revolve around “workshops” including arts and crafts such as weaving, felting, and candle-dipping; performing arts such as choir, drama, and handbells; outdoor work including forestry, growing produce, and animal care; and life-skill/vocational development such as cooking, landscaping, and preparing products for the Glenora Farm store. Persons with a wide range of needs and abilities in complex life situations are supported through highly individualized interventions that promote talents, facilitate choices, and celebrate passions. The result is an affirming place for all members within the community, complete with fulfilling work and a rich social/cultural life.
There are currently 45 people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds living on Glenora Farm. Residential care for the Farm’s 16 live-in Companions is provided in extended familystyle homes, primarily out of three large buildings located on the Farm. Additionally, a few Companions join the daily activities from off-site housing situations.
At this time, there is an overwhelming need to build a new residential care facility on Glenora Farm in order to welcome more Companions to
this special place. In response, the Association is working on the construction of a new multi-purpose “Farmhouse” that will create 5 additional residential care spaces for Companions and Coworkers. This facility will also provide housing for a resident farmer who will substantially expand and improve the number and nature of the workshops offered to all of the Companions on Glenora Farm. Glenora Farm will be raising funds for this important project with an event on Tuesday October 8th at the Duncan White Spot (7pm start). For $75, attendees will enjoy a signature cocktail from Duncan’s own Stillhead Distillery and a buffet dinner along with live and silent auctions. Tickets can be obtained online at glenorafarm. org/white-spot-fundraiser or by contacting Sharan Doman directly at 250-715-8454/ A tax receipt of $50 per ticket will be issued to ticket buyers. Until October 4th, Glenora Farm is also actively seeking donated auction items from community members and local businesses. Tax receipts are also available for eligible auction item contributions.
To learn more about Glenora Farm, their Farmhouse project, or the October 8th fundraising event, please contact


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