Harper government supports Kamloops Francophone community

KAMLOOPS – On April 12, Cathy McLeod, Member of Parliament (Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo) and Parliamentary

  • Apr. 23, 2013 10:00 a.m.

KAMLOOPS – On April 12, Cathy McLeod, Member of Parliament (Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo) and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue, on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, announced support for the Association francophone de Kamloops, to promote the French language and Francophone culture in the region.

“We are proud to invest in the Association francophone de Kamloops,” said McLeod. “It plays an essential role in supporting the growth and stability of Francophone culture in the Thompson Valley.”

This investment will allow the Association francophone de Kamloops to provide educational services such as a summer camp for children, French courses for adults, and painting and gardening classes. In addition, the organization will offer a series of cultural, community and sports activities. These will include festivals organized in collaboration with Francophone and French Immersion schools, as well as concerts, French film nights, and mountain hikes.

“Francophones and Francophiles in the Kamloops region, especially young people and new Canadians, will have more access to an array of activities that promote the vitality of the region,” said Minister Moore. “Our government is very proud to support projects that ensure the development and continued success of the Francophone community in British Columbia.”

“The Association francophone de Kamloops is very appreciative of the funding from the Government of Canada,” said Gilles Viaud, president of the association. “This financial assistance will enable us to pursue our mission and continue to offer programs and services that foster the development of La Francophonie in the Kamloops region.

Founded in 1979, the Association francophone de Kamloops is a non-profit organization comprised of members from Kamloops and surrounding communities. The association’s mandate is to support Francophones and Francophiles in the region, as well as to promote the French language and culture by organizing social, cultural, and educational activities.