Blais supports Franco-Cité

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Donation will pay school sports football fees of less affluent students

Cumberland City Councillor Stephen Blais presented a cheque for $2,000 to help cover the costs of less affluent student-athletes attending Franco-Cité High School.

“Franco-Cité is a fantastic Ottawa high school for student-athletes and I’m pleased to once again contribute to their program,” says Councillor Blais. “No young person should ever be prevented from experiencing the benefits of amateur sports.”

Sports-Études programs are to develop strategies to meet the needs of student-athletes, who wish to combine studies and intense sporting life. These programs also aim to develop the intellectual potential and the socio-emotional and physical abilities of student athletes so they can become the citizens that contribute to the good of society.

“Our school is extremely grateful to receive Councillor Blais’ generous donation, which will help economically challenged students with their sports fees,” says Serge Boisvert, Director of the Franco-Cité football program. “Last year, Councillor Blais donated thousands of dollars to help purchase equipment for our players to help them succeed.”

Like all schools across Ontario, there are fees associated with extracurricular activities. For most students, these fees can be nominal but often forgotten are students of struggling parents, who want better for their kids. All students regardless of economic background should enjoy the same playing level when it comes to amateur sports and arts.

“Removing barriers such as fees within amateur sports for less affluent students is an essential component to help ensure all of us enjoys a thriving community,” adds Councillor Blais. “As a community conscientious elected official, I want to do my part to help groups with private rather than public donations.”