The annual general assembly season continues in our various community organizations. Thursday September 24, it was the turn of the Federation of Franco-Albertans (FAFA) to paint a picture of a year marked by the health crisis, but despite everything successful.
The president of the FAFA, Jeannine DeMoissac, had a light tone in presenting her assessment to the forty people connected virtually for the assembly. Her thanks rained down before she presented her balance sheet without pitfall.
During the last fiscal year, the FAFA organized 59 activities bringing together 1070 participants. The federation’s service offer has even expanded with the creation of Connect’Aînés, teleconferences that meet a crying need for opportunities to practice French and connect with seniors. “It’s a great success, notes Jeannie DeMoissac, it’s the flip side of the Covid”.
Activities throughout the provincee
On the regional side, representatives in turn exposed the difficulty of the pandemic in organizing events in their respective sectors. Choral practices are canceled until further notice and it is impossible to resume physical activity sessions in the gymnasium of Campus Saint-Jean, regrets Nicole Fortin, FAFA representative for the Edmonton region.
“In March, remembers Jeanne-d’Arc Mailloux in Saint-Isidore, we fell into confinement and we put off all our activities until later… later… later. “To keep morale up, she says she sent a series of emails to her volunteers to keep in touch” and to keep morale up “: games, sudoku, information on the cycles of the moon. “I even made up stories,” she said with humor in her voice.
However, the health crisis has not erased all initiatives. In the Northeast region for example, the representative René Champagne impatiently awaits the arrival of a dozen electronic tablets. Seniors in his region will soon be introduced to the experience of this technology. In the capital, we are now organizing outdoor picnics to meet in spite of everything and “to forget the pandemic for a few moments”.
The memory is still vivid of the fireworks of events and activities organized by the Federation before the virus paralyzes us. In Calgary, Danielle Launière proudly remembers her intergenerational activities such as Christmas card writing workshops, painting classes and mini-Olympics.
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Budget surpluses and future plansr
The dynamism of our seniors is reflected in the financial report. The federation’s payroll increased considerably this year, going from $ 88,000 to $ 137,000, as did the government subsidies it receives. The FAFA benefits from new support from the City of Edmonton and Canadian Heritage is adding $ 40,000 over its financial support last year.
The balance sheet for the year is therefore written in black ink rather than red ink and this is good news for the presidency as it looks into the future.
For 2021, Jeannine DeMoissac promises the return of cafes-philosophy and writing workshops. She also teases us on a project currently being podcast: Speak to transmit.
As tradition dictates, the FAFA took advantage of its general assembly to honor the eldest of the year. The selection committee thus awarded the Églande-Mercier prize to Jeanne-D’Arc Mailloux underlining “her great dedication to the community, for over 30 years”. Involved in particular in the choir, the Women’s Alliance, the parish and the FAFA, the one which coordinates the Club du Bon Temps de Saint-Isidore has received numerous praise from its peers. His generosity and passion for writing were also noted by the committee. Involved in particular in the choir, the Women’s Alliance, the parish and the FAFA, the one which coordinates the Club du Bon Temps de Saint-Isidore has received numerous praise from its peers. His generosity and passion for writing were also noted by the committee.