May 15, 2015 – Laurentian University today welcomed competitors in the annual Provincial French-Language Competition. The contest aims to promote the French language and culture in Ontario and is organized each year by Laurentian University, Glendon College at York University, and the University of Ottawa. Grade 12 students from Francophone high schools across the province are competing today in writing, reading, dictation, and précis skills.
“It is with great enthusiasm and pride that we welcome the students selected for the 2015 Provincial French-Language Competition,” said Denis Hurtubise, associate vice-president, Academic and Francophone Affairs at Laurentian University. “I congratulate also all of the young Francophones who are committed to making our magnificent language shine and prosper like a great gift that is open to the world.”
Organized by the Department of French Studies and the Office of the Associate Vice-President, Academic and Francophone Affairs at Laurentian University, the 2015 Provincial French-Language Competition also gives participants an opportunity to attend a play entitled Insomnie, by Robert Marinier, to be presented by students of the French-language theatre program at Laurentian University.
Competitors have the chance to win various prizes including one-year scholarships in participating universities, dictionaries, magazines and reference tools. Prizes will be awarded during the closing ceremonies to be held today at 4:30 p.m. in the Fraser Auditorium at Laurentian University. One of the winners of the 1994 competition was Laurentian University President and Vice-Chancellor Dominic Giroux.
Sponsors of the 2015 Provincial French-Language Competition
Swiss Embassy, Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario, Association canadienne-française de l’Ontario (ACFO), Carrefour francophone de Sudbury, Centre franco-ontarien de folklore, Centre franco-ontarien de ressources pédagogiques (CFORP), Chenelière Éducation, Club Richelieu de Sudbury, Club Richelieu féminin de Sudbury, Conseil scolaire catholique du Nouvel-Ontario (CSCNO), Conseil scolaire public du Grand-Nord de l’Ontario (CSPGNO), Consulate General of France in Toronto, Distribution HMH, Éditions Alire, Éditions JCL, Édition Prise de parole, Éditions Scholastic, Festival international de la poésie, Fondation franco-ontarienne, Groupe de recherche en études francophones et Éditions du GREF, Librairie du Centre, Canadian Museum of History, Presses de l’Université de Montréal, University of Ottawa Press, Regroupement des éditeurs canadiens-français (RECF), Sisters of Charity of Ottawa, Soulières Éditeur and TFO.