Francophones launch Nurture a Dream campaignCitizens encouraged to help support Carrefour francophone de Sudbury and francophone culture.Carrefour francophone de Sudbury has launched “Nurture a Dream”, a fundraising campaign that celebrates highlights in the institution’s 60-year history. The first Francophone cultural centre in all of Ontario was founded in Sudbury in 1950 under the name “Centre des jeunes de Sudbury”.
The campaign’s co-chairs are businessman Arnel Michel, a steadfast supporter of the centre for more than 25 years, and singer Patricia Cano, who exemplifies the diversity and international scope of Sudbury’s French-speaking community.
“Mr. Michel has been unwavering in his resolve to ensure that a proud future extends the proud history of Carrefour francophone,” explains executive director Stéphane Gauthier. “We asked him to be our spokesperson because we are paying tribute to our community builders, the ‘nurturers of dreams’ who believed early on that Sudbury is worthy of a dynamic cultural centre en français.
“As for Patricia Cano, she is one of our all-time favourites at La Slague, our concert promotion arm. She’s from Sudbury, she sings in French, English, Ojibway, Spanish and Portuguese and she is truly an inspiration for youth who aspire to a career in the performing arts.”
Board president Stéphan Plante expects this campaign to display the vitality of Sudbury’s Francophone community and to inspire the will to support it. “The Centre des jeunes was founded in 1950 by a dynamic leader, the Jesuit Father Albert Regimbal, but also by a dynamic community that rallied to his vision. That same confident and committed community spirit is what we want to harness once again, as we invite the youth of yesterday to invest in the youth of today.”
Nowadays, Carrefour francophone operates nine day-care centres (a tenth is on the way) and four Tremplin before- and after-school programmes (two more are on the way), which currently serve over 300 children. In 2011, 400 children enjoyed the Carrefour’s eleven dynamically-themed one- or two-week summer camps, while La Slague concerts featured 21 performances which attracted almost 5,000 spectators. A devoted staff of approximately 85 ensured the success of these activities.
Carrefour francophone’s programming is recognized in the community for its focus and its quality. Parents who use the child-care services appreciate their reliability and the professionalism of our early childhood educators, and our summer camps are very popular year after year.
Commenting the Theater Camp, one satisfied parent conveyed this message to our personnel: “The kindness, the energy and the effort you displayed in making our children accomplish such an outstanding production were absolutely incredible. [The children] were truly kings and queens of the stage, and their kingdom was bestowed with respect and a sense of worth that too few children ever have the opportunity to experience.”
La Slague also garnered its share of appreciation from spectators and invited performers alike. Les Charbonniers de l’enfer are but one of many recent guests who said they were “welcomed like royalty” and the performers of the opera “Carmen”, a Jeunesses Musicales du Canada production, applauded our volunteers in their green room.
The Nurture a Dream fundraising campaign allows donators to direct support to the programs they especially appreciate, either cultural activities for children in daycare or Tremplin centres, Carrefour francophone summer camps, or La Slague concert promotions.
Donations can be made by contacting Carrefour francophone by phone at 705.675.6493, ext., 203, or by email at [email protected] Online donations are also accepted at www.carrefour.ca/faites-un-don/. Carrefour francophone is a not-for-profit organization and provides receipts for tax deduction purposes.