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 ( 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 (

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:

Mélanie Doyon
Associate Director of Communications

705 222-2011, ext. 200