Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

April 01, 2010 11:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Centre Communautaire de Chatham-Kent La Girouette

CHATHAM, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 1, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Dave Van Kesteren, Member of Parliament (Chatham–Kent–Essex), today announced funding for the Centre Communautaire de Chatham–Kent La Girouette.

This funding will help the Centre carry out its cultural, social, and educational programming for the French-speaking citizens of Chatham–Kent. The Centre offers a variety of sport, educational, and cultural activities for adults, youth, and children, and showcases Franco-Ontarian artists, as well as artists from the rest of French-speaking Canada.

"The Government of Canada is proud to support organizations like this one that promote and protect our linguistic duality," said Minister Moore. "The Centre Communautaire de Chatham–Kent La Girouette provides much-needed and diverse services for the entire community, and conserves local Francophone culture."

"La Girouette has a long-standing history of providing valuable services to the community, and I am pleased today to announce this continued funding on behalf of our Government," said Mr. Van Kesteren. "We value organizations that champion our unique linguistic heritage and wish continued success and growth for this invaluable community resource here in Chatham–Kent."

"The Centre Communautaire de Chatham-Kent La Girouette would like to thank the Government of Canada," said Bernard Tremblay, President of the Centre. "The activities offered by La Girouette help enhance the vitality of the Francophone community in Chatham–Kent, and the financial assistance from the federal government will enable the Centre to continue to expand its activities."

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $18,000 through the Development of Official-Language Communities Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program aims to enhance the vitality of Canada's official-language minority communities and enable them to fully participate in all aspects of Canadian life.

(This news release is available on the Internet at under Media Room.)

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Matthew Deacon, Press Secretary
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations