Introductionnot

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November 14, 1973.

The Association Francophone de Saint-Jean is officially created:
At this time, it has 35 active members, and its mission is to encourage the use of French, promote bilingualism, and provide an environment for cultural contact between Francophones in the St. John’s region.
The Club de Samedi is established and is met with immediate popularity.

1975.

The AFSJ premises are located at 2 rue Henry and house a daycare and the reception of the United Nations office.

1978-1981.

A French-speaking choir is established and quickly gains in popularity.

1982.

On September 20, the AFSJ was officially incorporated as a non-profit organization.

1983.

The Association created and presented its first play entitled “Cinderella the Newfoundland”

1988.

The AFSJ bought a house at 96 chemin Lemarchand and moved to more spacious premises.

1989.

A French-language community radio station operates on the 3rd floor of the building.

1994.

The Association hosts the ACELF congress in Saint John.

1995.

The AFSJ organises guided tours of Saint John and participates in official city events.

1996.

The choir is formed again and the number of choir members increases steadily.

1997.

A committee, made up of representatives from different French-speaking organizations in Saint-Jean, is working on the development of a French-speaking school and community center in Saint-Jean.

1999.

The AFSJ is organising its 1st Franco-Fest. This festival brings together the francophone community of the Saint John area to celebrate and promote francophone culture in the Avalon Peninsula and to increase the visibility of the community. Today, Franco-Fest is an ideal opportunity to share and promote the music, theatre, visual arts and traditional gastronomy of the Francophonie and to contribute to the cultural and tourist wealth of our province. It features Francophone and Francophile artists from here and abroad.

2001.

In February, the Société du centre scolaire et communautaire de Saint-Jean was formed.

2003.

On November 4th, the Association francophone de Saint-Jean merged with the Société du centre scolaire et communautaire de Saint-Jean (an organization formed to set up and manage the Centre scolaire et communautaire de Saint-Jean) and became the Association communautaire francophone de Saint-Jean Inc.

2004.

The Association moved to the Centre des Grands-Vents, which now houses all of the province’s Francophone organizations as well as the École des Grands-Vents.