Évangéline Region set to host 50 plus Acadian Games in September 2018
ABRAM-VILLAGE, P.E.I. – April 19th, 2018 – The sixth edition of the 50 plus Acadian Games (Jeux de l’Acadie 50+), which will mainly take place in the Évangéline Region of Prince Edward Island Sept. 13-16, recently launched its impressive list of activities and events.
« For the first time, the 50 plus Acadian Games will take place outside of New Brunswick », said organizing committee president Maria Bernard, during the official program launching April 19 in Abram-Village. “We’ve prepared activities and events that should attract a great deal of interest and participation.”
The program includes a wide variety of activities in five different sectors: sports, recreation, cultural, health and wellness, and intergenerational. Over 40 of the confirmed activities will give participants the difficult task of picking and choosing what to do during the four-day event.
Participants are encouraged to check out the brand-new website www.jeuxacadie50plus.com and sign up online. The website details the entirety of the event, including helpful information for participants arriving from other provinces.
The Acadian Musical Village in Abram-Village will be home-base for the four days, with a large number of activities taking place at the complex and on the grounds of the nearby Acadian Festival. Activities will also take place at the Parish Hall in Mont-Carmel, the Centre Goéland in Cape Egmont, the Club 50 in Abram-Village, and the Royal Canadian Legion in Wellington. Summerside will host the golf and bowling events, while shuffleboard will take place at the Slemon Park Arena.
Organizers are hoping to attract well over 300 participants from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Magdalen Islands, Québec, and of course, many French-speaking Islanders.
“The 50 plus Acadian Games are an excellent occasion to develop or rekindle friendships with our Acadian and Francophone friends from all over the Atlantic provinces and beyond,”says Bernard. “This event also promotes the importance of living an active lifestyle for those over the age of 50.”
An estimated $100 000 in spinoffs should benefit the local economy of the Évangéline and Summerside areas.
Bernard adds that the organizing committee is comprised of an impressive array of volunteers who have been going full force for many months, working hard to cover all grounds in preparation for the event. Volunteer recruiting is ongoing; those who are interested can simply reach out to a committee member or sign up on the new website.
“Only five months remain before the start of the 50 plus Acadian Games,” concludes Bernard. “We’re truly excited to host this wonderful sporting and cultural event in our community and invite everyone to participate and volunteer and come join the fun!”
CUTLINE: During the official launching of the Jeux de l’Acadie 50 ans+ program for 2018, in Abram-Village April 19, are, from left, James Thériault, executive director of the Association francophone des aînés du Nouveau-Brunswick; Yvonne Pitre, president of the Association des francophones de l’âge d’or de l’Î.-P.-É.; Maria Bernard, president of the organizing committee of the 2018 Jeux; and Jean-Guy Frenette, president of the steering committee for the Jeux de l’Acadie 50 ans+.
For more information:
Organizing committee of les Jeux de l’Acadie 50+ 2018
(902) 854-3256 (home)
(902) 439-1094 (cell)