FCC contributes to the vitality of official language minority communities
Regina, Saskatchewan, April 25, 2012 – Nine projects that will contribute to the vitality of official language minority communities and help residents express cultural and linguistic diversity are receiving funding through the $50,000 Farm Credit Canada (FCC) Expression Fund. More than 100 groups across Canada applied.
“FCC is pleased to support nine charities and non-profit organizations in their efforts to promote their first language, an important part of their cultural heritage. Many of the recipients embrace causes related to youth and culture, two prevalent values in official language minority communities,” says Kellie Garrett, FCC Senior Vice-President, Strategy, Knowledge and Reputation.
The fund recipients for 2012 are:
• School District 17 – Oromocto, New Brunswick ($5,000);
• École Mgr-Martin – Saint-Quentin, New Brunswick ($4,000);
• Heritage Lower Saint Lawrence – Métis-Sur-Mer, Quebec ($10,000);
• Éco-Huronie – Tiny, Ontario ($7,000);
• Société historique et culturelle de St-Bernardin – St-Bernardin, Ontario ($2,000);
• Fédération des parents du Manitoba – Winnipeg, Manitoba ($10,000);
• Fédération des Francophones de Saskatoon – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan ($2,000);
• Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Alberta – Edmonton, Alberta ($7,000);
• Société Francophone de Maillardville – Coquitlam, British Columbia ($3,000).
For more information about the selected projects, visit www.fccexpressionfund.ca.
“As a federal Crown corporation, FCC regularly conducts business with customers and employees in both official languages. It’s important for us to support community efforts that preserve the identity of official language minority communities beyond the office,” says Garrett. “Through the FCC Expression Fund, we support English-speaking communities in Quebec and French-speaking communities outside of Quebec, as well as the advancement and promotion of official languages in Canada.”
Over the past four years, a total of over $170,000 in funding has been given to Expression Fund projects in official language minority communities across Canada.
Community groups will once again have an opportunity to apply for the FCC Expression Fund from November 5 to December 14, 2012. Visit www.fccexpressionfund.ca for eligibility requirements and more information.
As Canada’s leading agriculture lender, FCC is advancing the business of agriculture. With a healthy portfolio of more than $22 billion and 19 consecutive years of portfolio growth, FCC is strong and stable – committed to serving the industry through all cycles. FCC provides financing, insurance, software, learning programs and other business services to producers, agribusinesses and agri-food operations. FCC employees are passionate about agriculture and committed to the success of customers and the industry. As one of Imagine Canada’s Caring Companies, FCC gives one per cent of its profits to charities and not-for-profit organizations. For more information, visit www.fcc.ca.
For more information or to arrange an interview, contact:
Éva Larouche (bilingual)
Farm Credit Canada