March 22, 2006 06:00 ET

LectureOttawa Will be Holding its Second Fundraising Activity With LeDroit on March 29, 2006

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 22, 2006) - LectureOttawa, the French component of the OCRI program OttawaReads, announced today it will conduct its second fundraising activity on March 29, 2006 at various locations in Ottawa, in partnership with the daily LeDroit and Library and Archives Canada. Jacques Demers, former coach of the Montreal Canadiens, will also be supporting the efforts of LectureOttawa in its 2006 campaign.

Representatives of LectureOttawa and LeDroit made the announcement this morning at a press conference held at Library and Archives Canada, exactly where the program was launched two years ago. "Library and Archives Canada is proud to be supporting LectureOttawa in its efforts to promote reading in young children," said Doug Rimmer, Assistant Deputy Minister, Programs and Services, Library and Archives Canada. "This program enables many children and their parents to discover and share the joy of reading."

LectureOttawa is a program where employees in the public and private sectors have an opportunity to spend an hour a week in a partner school, reading to children in kindergarten and grade one. As the French-language counterpart to OttawaReads, LectureOttawa, after three years of partnering, more than a hundred adults volunteer every week in 14 French schools in Ottawa, reading to more than 500 children. According to school board teachers from the Conseil des ecoles catholiques de langue francaise du Centre-Est and the Conseil des ecoles publiques de l'Est de l'Ontario, the children look forward with excitement to this special moment of the week.

Michel Benac, member of the group Swing and spokesman for J'ai le droit de lire, and representatives of Library and Archives Canada, LeDroit and LectureOttawa joined Daniel Seguin, the master of ceremonies, at the press conference.

Contact Information

  • OCRI
    Leon Harvey
    Manager, LectureOttawa
    (613) 746-3663/(613) 742-8960, extension 2236