North Island MP John Duncan announced last week an investment of $60,000 through the Development of Official-Language Communities Program to support the 2015/16 programming of the Association francophone de Campbell River (AFCR).
“The Association francophone de Campbell River has established itself as a leader in the Francophone community on Vancouver Island,” Duncan said. “(The) announcement reinforces our commitment to the linguistic duality that enriches our lives and helps to make our country unique.”
With this funding, the local francophone association will continue to offer Campbell River residents access to valuable French-language services for children and adults, as well as collaborate with British Columbia-based Francophone organizations to deliver information sessions to members of the community.
It will also develop a new strategic plan to further cement its position within the community, uphold its Francophone presence and unite Francophones and Francophiles on Vancouver Island.
Berthe Lapierre, president of the Association francophone de Campbell River said the funding helps keep the Francophone culture alive.
“Thanks to the annual funding that the AFCR receives from the federal government and with the support of volunteers in the community and partnerships with other provincial Francophone organizations, the Association is able to carry out its mission of promoting the French language and Francophone culture in the Campbell River area on Vancouver Island,” Lapierre said.