Dictée P.G.L. 150 Travelling through History: a resounding success!

MONTREAL, June 2, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - For the Signature Canada 150 project Dictée P.G.L. 150: Travelling through History,"  Dictée P.G.L. and the Ligue Nationale d'Improvisation (LNI) travelled across Canada from May 16 to 26 hosting improv workshops for high school students and presenting improv matchs in VIA Rail Canada stations (or nearby). The closing show for this major project took place at the Canadian Museum of History on May 26. The activities were organized as part of VIA Rail's participation in hundreds of gatherings to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation. The tour, which marked the end of the "Travelling through History" project, was a huge success!

 "On the occasion of Canada 150, the Fondation Paul Gérin-Lajoie celebrates French-Canadian language and culture, cultural diversity and history with Canadians from all across the country. I am delighted with the success of the Travelling Through History project, particularly among young people. Many thanks to all the participants and congratulations to the winners!"
– The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

The tour visited Vancouver, Winnipeg, Toronto, Gatineau, Montreal and Halifax. In addition to making connections between history, improvisation and the French language, it celebrated the winners of two contests held in high schools across Canada from January to April. The 10 winners of the dictation contest and six winners of the writing contest received gift certificates from VIA Rail Canada.

Dictation contest winners:

  • West: Alex Dong, Ben Tyler
  • Prairies: Zoe Desautels, Sydney Brown
  • Ontario: Loïc Mathieu, Ian Chan
  • Quebec: Stéphanie Leclerc, Sofia Mangov
  • Atlantic: Lizaveta Zakharova, Ariane Chouinard

Writing contest winners:

  • Ontario: Chloé Vachon, Jasmine Groleau and Monica Costache
  • Quebec: Yorgo Jabbour
  • West: Maya Somji and Hannah Cheetham

Close to 13,000 high school students participated in at least one of Dictée P.G.L. 150's cultural activities.

This project was made possible with support from the Government of Canada, VIA Rail Canada, Théâtre de la LNI, Alliance des radios communautaires du Canada, MAtv, Canal Savoir, Francolab and the Canadian Museum of History. The Fondation Paul Gérin-Lajoie and Théâtre de la LNI would also like to thank the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the Canadian Immigration Museum Pier 21, Alliance Française in Toronto and Vancouver, and the École de technologie supérieure for their support of the cross-Canada tour.

The Fondation Paul Gérin-Lajoie is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2017. It is active in Canada and internationally, promoting its mission of Education for All! In Canada, it is undoubtedly best known for Dictée P.G.L., an educational initiative that was introduced in 1991.


SOURCE Fondation Paul Gérin-Lajoie

For further information: Caroline Cantin, Project Manager, Dictée P.G.L. 150, ccantin@fondationpgl.ca / 514-288-3888 ext. 240


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