LÉVIS, QC, June 2, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister
of Veterans Affairs and Member of Parliament (Lévis-Bellechasse), today
announced support for the program Forces AVENIR on behalf of the
Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official
Languages. This investment in youth programming will motivate young
people to undertake civic initiatives and recognize their involvement
in their communities.
Forces AVENIR promotes, recognizes, and honours the engagement of young
people by encouraging them to submit civic commitment projects on
different themes, including arts and culture, entrepreneurship, sports
and recreational activities, and the environment. The best projects are
selected by a jury and profiled in short video clips that air on
Télé-Québec, thus providing positive role models for other young
citizens. This program benefits 3,250 young people from across the
province of Quebec.
"We are proud to invest in successful, affordable youth programs that
give our young people the chance to learn about what makes us
Canadian," said Minister Moore. "By supporting initiatives like Forces
AVENIR, our Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen
our communities and support our arts, culture, and heritage."
"Our Government is pleased to fund Forces AVENIR, which offers young
people the opportunity to explore their potential and get involved in
their communities while acquiring new skills and experiences that will
help them with their long-term success in the labour market and in
life," said Minister Blaney. "Through this experience, young Canadians
will learn the importance of being active and engaged citizens who
contribute to our country and its future."
"Our mission is to recognize, honour, and promote the commitment of
young people in projects that enrich knowledge, arouse the desire for
success and for surpassing oneself, and encourage the development of
community thinking," said François Grégoire, President-Director General
of Forces AVENIR. "Participation in the Forces AVENIR program helps
young people become conscious, active, and responsible citizens who
contribute to the strength of our communities, and we are happy to be
able to count on the collaboration of the Government of Canada in order
to fulfill our mandate."
Canadian Heritage is investing over $80 million each year in youth
programming to allow more than 100,000 young people across Canada to
learn about and experience their country.
The Government of Canada has provided total funding of $516,500 over two
years to Forces AVENIR through the Youth Take Charge program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program provides
opportunities for young Canadians to become involved in a range of
activities designed to strengthen their attachment to Canada through
active engagement in their communities.
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
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Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
and Official Languages
(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)