GREENWOOD, NS, Sept. 4, 2013 /CNW/ - Greg Kerr, Member of Parliament (West Nova), today announced new funding for the Association francophone de la Vallée (AFV), which works to enhance French language and culture in this region of Nova Scotia. He made the announcement on behalf the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.
"I am very pleased to announce this investment in the Association francophone de la Vallée," said Mr. Kerr. "Their activities and initiatives have an important impact on promoting and preserving our culture and official languages in the region."
This funding will support the AFV's 2013-2015 programming. It will allow the organization to manage the Point de Mire Community Centre and organize a wide range of social, educational, and cultural activities. The AFV will also be able to continue implementing the five-year strategic plan it adopted in 2012. It will be able to develop partnerships to expand the range of French-language services available in the region, especially in early childhood education and health. The AFV also wants to strengthen its social media presence in order to reach all the Francophones in the Annapolis Valley.
"Our Government is proud to partner with this organization that is working to enhance the vitality of this Francophone and Acadian region of Nova Scotia the identity of its residents," said Minister Glover. "English and French are integral to our history, our identity, and our future. They unite us and enable us to live together in prosperity. By renewing the Roadmap for Canada's Official Languages, our Government wants to protect, promote, and celebrate our two official languages."
"The Association francophone de la Vallée would like to thank the Government of Canada for its financial support of our 2013-2015 programming," said Hélène Lavigne, Chair of the Association. "Thanks to this contribution, the AFV can continue its mission to promote French language and culture in the Valley."
The Government of Canada has provided total funding of $98,000 to the Association francophone de la Vallée ($48,000 for 2013-2014 and $50,000 for 2014-2015) through the Community Life component of the Development of Official-Language Communities Program. This program aims to foster the development of Canada's minority Anglophone and Francophone communities and enable them to participate fully in all aspects of Canadian life.
SOURCE: Canadian Heritage
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