Greater Sudbury Development Corporation Supports Prise de Parole Digital Conversion Project
Released Tuesday, Apr 23, 2013
The Greater Sudbury Development Corporation (GSDC) recently approved funding valued at $100,000 over a two year term to Prise de parole, a publishing house created and maintained by the city’s francophone community to preserve and promote French Canadian literature. The GSDC funding is dedicated to the transfer of new and existing books to e-book technology.
“We are pleased to offer financial support to the Prise de parole for the first time in its 40 year history,” said GSDC Chair Scott Lund. “An expanded, thriving and sustainable arts and culture community has been identified as an engine for economic growth in our city. Prise de parole enriches the social well-being of Greater Sudbury by promoting the rich and vibrant texture of our francophone culture and history.”
The first book released by Prise de parole in May, 1973 was Lignes Signes, a collection of poems by Jean Lalonde, Placide Gaboury, Denis Saint-Jules and Gaston Tremblay. In the four decades since, Prise de parole has gone on to publish over 300 titles that celebrate French expression and culture throughout Canada.
The Greater Sudbury Development Corporation (GSDC) is the economic development arm of the City of Greater Sudbury. Consisting of a 17-member board of directors and supported by City staff, the GSDC acts as a catalyst for economic development initiatives and supports the attraction, development and retention of business in the community.
Local business owner Vicki Jacobs is Chair of the Community Economic Development (CED) Committee, a sub-committee of the GSDC Board which receives project funding applications and provides due diligence on behalf of the Board and Council.
Prise de parole recently celebrated its 40th anniversary by partnering with La nuit sur l’étang to host Le Grand Rassemblement, with a number of events to showcase our region’s rich francophone culture. To learn more, please visit www.prisedeparole.ca