Gatineau 2014 Logo a Go!
Gatineau, January 11, 2013 – The Organizing Committee for the Jeux de la francophonie canadienne Gatineau 2014 (JFC) today unveiled the logo for this national event, which will bring together 1,000 Francophones between 13 and 18 years of age, from every Canadian province and territory, for five days of competition between July 23 and 27, 2014. Participants will get to connect while testing their talents in three different areas: the arts, sports and leadership.
“This visual signature is a clear reflection of Gatineau’s imprint on this sweeping celebration of Canada’s Francophone youth. Not only will it generate close to $4 million for our economy, but the JFC will also strengthen the city’s reputation and position as a key player when it comes to staging major events. I invite all Gatineau residents, particularly its youth, to get involved in this terrific adventure,” indicated Gatineau Mayor Marc Bureau at the logo’s unveiling.
The organizing committee’s chair, Benoît Pelletier, spoke proudly about the team’s achievements over the last few months. “Since August, the organizing committee and the permanent team, under the direction of Yves Lahaie, have made great strides in terms of setting up the administrative structure for the JFC, and filling the senior positions in the organization. Today, as we unveil our logo, we can readily say that the race towards 2014 is well underway. Anyone wishing to join this grand Francophone celebration is welcome to join as a volunteer or partner. We look forward to hearing from you!”
WHAT THE LOGO REPRESENTS
Designed by Kaboom Communication, the initial inspiration for the logo came from graffiti. This dynamic and artistic medium accentuates the event’s focus on youth, and links it to Gatineau, known across Canada for supporting and promoting this art form. The logo consists of a ribbon folded into three continuous loops, designating the three areas of the JFC (arts, leadership and sports), as well as the interconnection generated by their interaction (cooperation). It is graffiti, a festive ribbon and a symbol of gathering and collaboration all wrapped up in one.
This symbol, enhanced by the “2014 Gatineau” wording, conveys the idea of gathering, closeness, tighter links and community. The festive tone set by the logo’s style is emphasized by its sloping presentation, which lends the sense of movement. The colour combination was inspired by the JFC torch, and provides a direct visual link with the JFC’s overall identity.
Organizing the Jeux de la francophonie canadienne Gatineau 2014 will require 750 volunteers, coordinated by a permanent team of some 20 employees. The projected budget for the event is estimated at $2 million, one-third of which will have to come from the community, and the JFC’s economic impact on the region is estimated at $4 million.
The Jeux de la francophonie canadienne is an initiative by the Fédération de la jeunesse canadienne-française (FJCF), and is financed in part by the federal Department of Canadian Heritage.
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Senior Communications Officer
Jeux de la francophonie canadienne Gatineau 2014
Tel: 819-332-2014 extension 4802
Internationally renowned recording artists will perform at the Greater Sudbury 2011 Canadian Francophone Games
Jean-François Carrey, Great Canadian Adventurer, Honorary Co-Chair of the 2011 Canadian Francophone Games
Sudbury – The 2011 Canadian Francophone Games are proud to announce that the great Franco- Ontarian adventurer Jean-François Carry will be one the honorary co-chairs for this national event which will take place in Greater Sudbury from July 20 to 24.
Jean-François Carrey will talk about his role as co-chair and his many exciting expeditions during a special evening presented by the Centre de santé communautaire du Grand Sudbury in collaboration with the Canadian Francophone Games. The general public is invited to attend the presentation on Wednesday, March 9 at 7 p.m. at Laurentian University’s Alphonse-Raymond Auditorium.
The Canadian Francophone Games will have three honorary co-chairpersons to represent each of the three components of the Games: sports, arts and leadership. Mr. Carrey, who is a passionate adventurer, will represent the leadership component. Paul Lefebvre, Board Chair, is very pleased to welcome J.F. Carrey to Sudbury and to announce his important role before and during the Games: ”J.F. Carrey is a great role model for Canadian youth. He lives life to its fullest. He believes that the journey is as important as the destination. He will certainly inspire the Games’ participants.”
J.F. Carrey is very proud to be one of the Games’ honorary co-chairs. “I am deeply touched that I have been asked to be a spokesperson for the Canadian Francophone Games. This event will be an important source of motivation for people participating and attending the Games. They will be able to learn from this unique experience to face the challenges and new adventures that await them.”
Jean-François Carrey has been invited to Sudbury by the Centre de santé communautaire du Grand Sudbury to speak to high-school students from the Conseil scolaire public du Grand Nord de l’Ontario and the Conseil scolaire catholique du Nouvel-Ontario from March 7 to 10.
In 2006, Jean-François Carrey became the youngest Canadian to have climbed to the top of the world on Mount Everest at 24 years old. With over 12 years of guiding experience, Carrey has guided expeditions in the most remote, cold, extreme and beautiful places on earth. He is Canada’s foremost wilderness guide for the arctic and sub-arctic regions. A trusted guide for trekking and mountaineering in the Himalayas, the Andes and Mexico’s volcanos, he also specializes in arctic whitewater canoeing, sea kayaking, trekking, marine safety/logistics and television production. He guided for the popular TV show Destination Nor’Ouest 1 and 2 for TVA and TFO. Carrey also uses his experiences to guide people, leaders and youth in thinking like an adventurer. He inspires them to embrace change.
For further information:
Mélanie Doyon Associate Director of Communications 2011 Canadian Francophone Games 705 222-2011, ext. 200 705 923-0633 (cell.)
Lyse Lamothe Community Development Coordinnator Centre de santé communautaire du Grand Sudbury 705 670-2166
Greater Sudbury 2011 Canadian Francophone Games put down new roots
Greater Sudbury – The Greater Sudbury 2011 Canadian Francophone Games officially launched its promotional video Moi mes racines (I Have Roots) at Collège Boréal’s Jean-Watters Amphitheatre today. The organizing committee also unveiled a new activity guide for high school students, reported progress in its volunteer recruitment campaign and highlighted important upcoming dates.
Northern Ontario images celebrate Canada’s roots
A new promotional video written, designed and filmed by Games’ interns and volunteers features different voices and faces of Canada’s Francophone youth of today on a background of beautiful Northern Ontario landscapes. The narration, written by Félix Hallée-Théoret, refers to the history, geography and values in which our country’s identity is rooted. Mathieu Grainger, the Games’ Executive Director, is particularly proud of this initiative. “The video captures the essence of one of the Games’ fundamental concepts: they are for and by youth. Participants as well as community members will recognize themselves in this video. We are all unique, but we are united by shared roots that stretch from sea to sea.”
The video can been seen on the Games’ web site (www.jeuxfc.ca) or Facebook page (see Jeux de la francophonie canadienne du Grand Sudbury).
School activity guide says “Do the wave”!
The Canadian Francophone Games are meant to be a powerful inspiration for all Francophone youth across the country. In this spirit, a fun-filled activity guide was created to raise awareness about the Games and their different disciplines among high school students. Students and schools across the country are invited to become the Games’ ambassadors by organizing some of the guide’s suggested activities. This French-language guide entitled “Faites la vague JFC” is available on the Games website (www.jeuxfc.ca).
Get Involved! campaign shows progress
To date, about one quarter of the 500 volunteers needed to host these national Games in Greater Sudbury have been recruited. The Games are still looking for persons who are willing to generously contribute their time to ensure the success of this important event.
“Many people have already registered as volunteers. We really sense the community’s enthusiasm and desire to be part of this historic event”, said Gabrielle Champagne, Volunteer Coordinator. “We need many devoted individuals to sign up, but we are also looking for organizations and businesses that are willing to lend their employees for volunteer activities. What better way to boost your organization’s team spirit than by getting involved in a high-profile, national event like these Games?”
To register as a volunteer or to confirm your organization’s or business’ participation, please contact Gabrielle Champagne (705 222-2011, ext 206 or
). The Games’ “Get Involved” recruitment and awareness campaign continues to go forward in close collaboration with Volunteer Sudbury.
Important dates to remember – July 20th to 24th, 2011
Greater Sudburians will have many great reasons to celebrate during the Games. The event will also attract many tourists to Sudbury for five days of competitions and festivities. From July 20t to 24th, the Canadian Francophone Games will be the place to be to experience unforgettable moment of sporting, artistic and cultural achievement.
Opening Ceremony – Wednesday, July 20
Competitions, Contests and Training – July 20 to 24
Franco-Concert – Thursday, July 21
Community Concert – Friday, July 22
EcoParade and Arts Gala – Saturday, July 23
Closing Ceremony – Sunday, July 24
The Canadian Francophone Games are among the largest gatherings of Canada’s French speaking youth. In addition to encouraging hundreds of young people to develop their talents in one of three sectors (arts, leadership and sports), the Games showcase cultural pride, self-confidence and leadership abilities in a friendly competitive setting. The Canadian Francophone Games are an initiative of la Fédération de la jeunesse canadienne-française (FJCF), with the generous participation of the Government of Canada.
For further information:
Associate Director of Communications
705 222-2011, ext. 200
Greater Sudbury - The Greater Sudbury 2011 Canadian Francophone Games are proud to announce Vale as the official presenting sponsor of the Games. The $75 000 sponsorship will help support approximately 1,200 francophone youth that will come compete at the Games taking place in Sudbury July 20 – 24, 2011.
“Vale’s sponsorship will allow us to invest in our programming and eco-responsible planning,” said Paul Lefebvre, Chair of the Board. “This will help make the Games an event that will be recognized on a national level. Vale’s contribution also reiterates its commitment to the community.”
Vale commends the Canadian Francophone Games commitment to unlocking opportunities for francophone youth, its eco-responsible planning and its respect for diversity.
“Vale is proud to be associated with the Canadian Francophone Games, the largest national gathering of Francophone youth in Canada,” said Angie Robson, Manager of Corporate Affairs for Vale’s Ontario Operations. “This is a great opportunity to help showcase Greater Sudbury on a national stage, while bringing significant economic benefits to our community.”
For further information:
Mélanie Doyon Angie Robson
Associate Director of Communications, Manager, Corporate Affairs, Ontario
705 222-2011, ext. 200 705 682-5202