About us

Présence francophone à Powell River depuis 1967

Le Club Bon Accueil de Powell River (translated as The French Association of Powell River) was founded in 1967 and was incorporated in 1977. The Club acquired a parcel of land on Manson Avenue in 1985; a group of dedicated volunteers erected the French Community Centre building in 6 months, inaugurating it in early 1986.

The mandate of Club Bon Accueil is to promote French culture and language and to foster a sense of belonging within the Francophone community through cultural, educational and community activities. Here is a general list of the activities and services offered to the Francophone and Francophile population of Powell River:

Pre School Program Beau Soleil
A program for French speaking children as well as a French Immersion program. The program has been administered by Club Bon Accueil since 1996 and is offered to children ages 3 to 5. Through games, songs, crafts, and structured free time, children develop a variety of skills in a French-speaking environment. The half-day program is offered to children with French-speaking parents as well as children with -English-speaking parents interested in French.

Where: 4368 Michigan Avenue, Powell River, BC, V8A 2S1
Schedule : morning and afternoon classes

There is a $20 administrative fee for enrollment. Click here to fill out the form.

For more information contact Danielle Walford, Program Educator at (604) 485-7455 or Linda Cosentino, Executive director at 604-483-3966.

Côte du Soleil Daycare
Before and after school program for French-speaking children

Côte du Soleil daycare has been administered by Club Bon Accueil since 1996 and is located at École Côte du Soleil. The service is offered to children who are enrolled in classes with the French School Board Authority.

Where: 4368 Michigan Avenue, Powell River, BC, V8A 2S1
Days: 5 days per week from 7:30 am until 8:30 am and from 2:55 pm until 5 pm
Fees: reasonable monthly fees allow parents to use the service 5 days per week, before or after school. Click here to fill out the form.

For more information contact Jean-Marc Ouellet, Program Coordinator at (604) 485-8430, local 2215; or Linda Cosentino, Executive Director at 604-483-3966.

French Immersion Summer Camp
The Club offers Powell River’s only French Immersion Camp, featuring fun summer activities facilitated by qualified youth leaders, to children ages 6 to 12.

NOTE TO LOW-INCOME FAMILIES:
Families with low incomes may qualify for financial assistance through the Province’s Child Care Subsidy Program to help you pay program fees. To learn more about the subsidy program, contact the operator of the program you’re interested in (as listed above) or Linda Cosentino, Executive Director at (604) 483-3966.

Other educational services and resources offered include:
— French language courses for adults;
— Library with more than 2,000 French books and more than 150 movies in French;
— Weekly craft and gardening clubs;
— Photocopying, fax, and translation services.

Meeting facilities for rent
Club Bon Accueil has a 111-seat banquet hall available for rent for different activities: weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, funerals and workshops. We also have a smaller room suitable for meetings of up to 12 people. Contact us at (604) 483-3966 for more information or to make a reservation.