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For Immediate Release:
November 5, 2010

Come Celebrate the 2nd Annual Le Lien Français / the French Link

BRAMPTON, ON. (Nov. 5, 2010) – The Region of Peel, in partnership with the Peel Francophone Steering Committee and the Centre de Services de Santé Peel Halton will celebrate the 2nd annual Le lien français/The French Link, at the Sheridan Centre, 2225 Erin Mills Pkwy, Mississauga, from 1 – 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6.

This family-oriented, free event will feature performances from French-language children’s choirs, CanAfric Theatre drummers, Dante the magician, Robinet the clown, singer France Gauthier and motivational speaker, Gabriel Osson. Guests will also have an opportunity to browse a variety of French language services exhibits on display.

Le lien français/The French Link is hosted to create awareness among Peel residents about the francophone community. In addition, it will allow francophone families to connect with French-language services and build a sense of belonging and identity of their culture. The French link has provided nearly 26,000 individuals living in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga the ability to access services online through its French Language Services Directory/L'Annuaire des services francophones at www.cdrcp.com/cip/community-services-information.

This year’s event will celebrate the 400th anniversary of francophone presence in Ontario. The French were the first to explore the province and establish permanent settlements as well as forge alliances with the Native peoples. The story of the 400 years will be told through a travelling exhibit, Ontario’s Francophonie: Then and Now, which recognizes and celebrates the history of Ontario’s Francophonie and its contribution to the province’s development. The travelling exhibit is an initiative of the Office of Francophone Affairs.

For more information about the event, visit www.peelregion.ca/children/news/francophone/ or call 905-791-1585.

The Human Services Department supports full participation by all residents in the economic, social and cultural life of the Region by providing a continuum of supports. The department works collaboratively with other Peel agencies to improve the opportunities and quality of life for children, families and individuals living in Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon.

The Regional Municipality of Peel was incorporated in 1974 on the principle that certain community and infrastructure services are most cost-effectively administered over a larger geographic area. The Region of Peel serves more than one million residents in the cities of Mississauga and Brampton and the Town of Caledon.

For more information on the Region of Peel, please call 905-791-7800, or visit www.peelregion.ca.



Lisa DiMenna
A/Associate, Public Affairs
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, ext. 4519

Communication Services, 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton, ON L6T 4B9
Phone: 905-791-7800, Fax: 905-791-0595, e-mail



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