Committee names delegation for 2019 Acadian Games

SAINT-ANDRÉ, New Brunswick — The organizing committee of the 40th Jeux de l’Acadie Final (COFJA), which will take place from June 26 to 30, 2019 in the communities of Grand Falls, Drummond, Saint-André and Saint-Léonard, New Brunswick, announced its invited delegation on Friday, Nov. 30.

“Our choice is a logical continuation of the World Acadian Congress held in our country in 2014. We are extremely pleased to announce that the invited delegation will be none other than the Acadia of the Lands and Forests, which will be composed of participants from Quebec, the United States and New Brunswick,” said Bertrand Beaulieu, president of COFJA 2019.

Quebec will be represented by participants living in the regional county of Témiscouata (MRC).

The same goes for Maine, which will ensure its presence by registering young people residing in the north of this state.

Beaulieu said, “In New Brunswick, many students of Acadian descent, for one reason or another, do not attend Francophone schools and are therefore not eligible for the Jeux de l’Acadie. We want to allow some of these students to discover and reconnect with their Acadian heritage. That is why New Brunswick will be represented on this delegation invited by students attending John Caldwell School in Grand Falls.”

Together, he said, these participants will constitute the invited delegation and will have the opportunity to take part in some competitions. These ones will be accredited in the same way as the other official registered participants. They will be welcomed, hosted, fed and treated in the same way as the 1,000 athletes from the nine regions that make up the Jeux de l’Acadie family.

However, it is important to note that the invited delegation’s participation in the various competitions will be out of competition and that its results will not be counted in the official statistics of the 40th Final.

The participation of the invited delegation will be led by a dynamic team that will ensure the success of this adventure.

The following people are part of the team.

Dr Caroline Rioux, member of COFJA 2019, will coordinate the necessary preparations and accompaniment of the invited delegation.

Alexandre Parks, member of COFJA 2019 and Head of mission for the invited delegation.

Vincent Frallicciardi, vice president of the CLT, will represent Maine on an interim basis.

Jean-Marc Belzile, Executive Member of the CLT, will represent the territory of the MRC du Témiscouata in Quebec.

Ms. Cathy Pelletier, chair of the Core Leadership Team (CLT), will serve as the New Brunswick representative.

Gilles Michaud, teacher, will represent John Caldwell School.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the organizing committee of the 40th Jeux de l’Acadie for this great project and for inviting French immersion students from the John Caldwell School in Grand Falls,” commented Michaud, teacher and representative of JCS.

“As an invited delegation, we are proud to be able to support the participation of our elementary and secondary school students from across our beautiful cross-border region. Young people from the regional county of Témiscouata (MRC territory )in Quebec, northern Aroostook County in Maine and John Caldwell School in New Brunswick will be able to proudly participate in the 40th Final of the Jeux de l’Acadie,” said Cathy Pelletier, chair of the Core Leadership Team.

COFJA 2019 is very happy to welcome this future delegation. This will be the first time that three different territories have joined forces to coordinate a delegation participating in a Finale des Jeux de l’Acadie. This will expand this networking opportunity between Francophone and Acadian youth.

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