LA BAIE, QC, June 14, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Nancy Greene Raine,
Senator (Thompson-Okanagan-Kootenay), today announced the Government of
Canada's 2013-2014 contribution to the Grand défi Pierre Lavoie. The
announcement, made on behalf of the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of
State (Sport), took place at the start of the 1000‑km cycling event
being held in La Baie, Quebec, from June 14 to 16, 2013.
"Supporting the efforts of organizations in the not-for-profit sector
that promote awareness of the benefits of sport participation and
physical activity in Canada is a great source of pride for the
Government of Canada," said Senator Greene Raine. "I encourage
Canadians to take part in the Grand défi Pierre Lavoie and to take
advantage of all that sport and physical fitness has to offer."
"Our Government is proud to continue its support for the Grand défi
Pierre Lavoie," said the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport,
Infrastructure and Communities, Minister of the Economic Development
Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec and Minister of
Intergovernmental Affairs. "We are intent on providing opportunities
for Canadians of all ages and all abilities to engage in sport and
physical activity, because we know that embracing the power of sport
leads to active lifestyles and healthier, stronger communities."
"I would like to thank the Government of Canada for its support for the
Grand défi Pierre Lavoie. The Government's support is allowing us to
expand our activities to other provinces in Canada and encourage young
people to adopt a healthy lifestyle by giving them the opportunity to
engage in more physical activity, eat better, and care more about
school," said Pierre Lavoie, co-founder of the Grand défi Pierre
Lavoie. "This expansion is already underway, with our Véhicube having
visited Ontario, New Brunswick, British Columbia, and Nova Scotia. We
need programs that get people to become active, and governmental
support allows us to plan for even more ambitious projects."
The Grand défi Pierre Lavoie is a non-profit organization with the
mission of encouraging young people to adopt healthy life habits. The
organization get schools involved in supporting physical activity and
healthy eating among children aged 6 to 12.
The Government of Canada is the largest single contributor to sport in
Canada and supports participation and excellence from playground to
podium. The Government of Canada, through Sport Canada's Sport Support Program, is providing $500,000 in 2013-2014 to allow the Grand défi Pierre
Lavoie to expand its current efforts into additional provinces beyond
Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, British Columbia, and Ontario. In
November 2013, the Tour will expand its activities to Manitoba and to
new schools in Ontario.
SOURCE: Canadian Heritage
For further information:
(media only), please contact:
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Bal Gosal, P.C., M.P.
Minister of State (Sport)
(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)