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32nd Annual General Meeting of the AFY
Working Together to Obtain a Community School Centre
Some thirty members, community representatives and distinguished guests participated in the 32nd annual general meeting of the Association franco-yukonnaise (AFY) held on September 27 in Whitehorse.
The day began with a speech by the Minister responsible for the French Language Services Directorate, Hon. Elaine Taylor, followed by a first assessment of the Government of Yukon's four-year strategic plan to improve French-language services in three key areas: health, education and culture. The Government has undertaken to continue working together with the Francophone community on this important dossier.
The morning continued with a presentation of the main results of the consultations on the construction of a French-language high school, conducted by the Yukon Francophone school board (Commission scolaire francophone du Yukon--CSFY) in June 2014. Participants were invited to discuss the needs of the community in terms of the infrastructure and services of a potential community school centre in Whitehorse. In addition to facilities--notably a performance hall and a health centre--the issues of financing, schedule and the development of a governance agreement were also addressed.
During the business meeting that followed in the afternoon, the AFY was mandated to play a leading role in anything related to the community aspect of the project. "We will work in collaboration with the CSFY and all Francophone groups to move this urgent and priority project forward for our community," declared AFY President Angélique Bernard.
The assembly also enthusiastically applauded André Bourcier as Vice-President and Robert Nantel as Treasurer-President of the Management Committee, as well as Administrators Maryève Vermette and Marielle Veilleux. Together with President Angélique Bernard and Administrators Josée Belisle and Christian Klein, they compose the AFY's 2014-2015 Board of Directors.
The AFY would like to thank all the members present for their involvement in the community. The Association also thanks Edith Bélanger, for her important contribution as a member of the Board over the past six years, as well as outgoing Administrator Ron Melanson.
Official voice and leader in the development of the Yukon French-speaking community since 1982, AFY aims to improve the quality of life of Yukon Francophones.
Source et demande d'entrevue :
Francis Lefebvre
Communications and Community Relations Director
(867) 668-2663, ext 332
flefebvre@afy.yk.ca
Merci au ministère du Tourisme et de la Culture du Yukon, à l’Aurore boréale et aux autres organismes et individus qui nous ont permis d’utiliser leurs photos.
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