Educacentre College joins VANOC Community Contributor Program; partnership builds on VANOC's commitment to deliver bilingual Games

    VANCOUVER, April 30 /CNW/ - Educacentre College, the only French language
college in British Columbia, will provide bilingual students to help the
Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter
Games (VANOC) ensure both of Canada's official languages are well represented
and celebrated at the Games.
    The partnership announced today falls under VANOC's Community Contributor
Program, designed to engage community groups in the 2010 Winter Games and
invite their active participation in welcoming the world in 2010.
    Educacentre College, a not-for-profit society, will place 20 bilingual
students as employees in various roles within the Organizing Committee to help
with the delivery of bilingual services and with hosting French speaking
dignitaries and members of the Olympic and Paralympic Families between now and
March 2010.
    The college will also conduct online beginner, intermediate and advanced
level French language training to VANOC's workforce, including assigned
volunteers, as well as provide meeting and training spaces.
    "We're delighted Educacentre College, known as a leader in French
language education in Western Canada, is joining our team," said Francine
Bolduc, VANOC's director of official languages. "This partnership will
continue to build our capacity among staff and volunteers to welcome the world
in both of this country's official languages. Already, 15 per cent of VANOC's
paid staff is bilingual and more than 11,000 volunteer applicants have stated
they possess a conversational level in French."
    "It is with great pride that Educacentre College brings its contribution
to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games," said Thomas Godin,
chairman of Educacentre College. "It was of foremost importance for our
institution to take part in ensuring the presence of both of Canada's official
languages during the Games. This partnership will also provide our students
and staff with the opportunity to experience this unique event and become part
of the celebrations and excitement surrounding the Games."
    In exchange for their support, community contributors receive a wide
range of domestic rights and benefits that create a close association with the
Games including various advertising, promotional and workforce opportunities.
    For everyone who attends the 2010 Winter Games, whether it is a speed
skating competition or the dramatic Opening Ceremony, VANOC is committed to
ensuring the atmosphere and services for athletes, spectators and other
visitors is warm, welcoming and bilingual. This means, for example, that both
official languages will be provided on functional venue and operational
signage in Victory Ceremonies and by volunteers taking tickets, driving
vehicles, giving directions and selling merchandise.

    About Educacentre College

    Active since 1976 and incorporated as a non-for-profit society in 1992,
Educacentre College is the only French language college in British Columbia.
The college has four campuses in British Columbia: Vancouver, Victoria, Prince
George, and Nanaimo, as well as a virtual campus for online access. It has an
average annual student enrollment of 1,500 and 120 full- and part-time staff.

    About VANOC

    VANOC is responsible for the planning, organizing, financing and staging
of the XXI Olympic Winter Games and the X Paralympic Winter Games in 2010. The
2010 Olympic Winter Games will be staged in Vancouver and Whistler from
February 12 to 28, 2010. Vancouver and Whistler will host the Paralympic
Winter Games from March 12 to 21, 2010. Please visit for
more information.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Sébastien Théberge, VANOC
Communications, (604) 403-2261,; Chris
Brumwell, VANOC Communications, (604) 403-1869,

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