Association des francophones de Nanaimo
     


History

1972-1973
The first official francophone regrouping of the Nanaimo region. The office was located at 75 Front Street, Nanaimo.

1976
Francophones published their first monthly news bulletin:
Le Bulletin mensuel des nouvelles des francophones.

It was also the year when the Association manifested its presence at the provincial conference of the Federation des Francophones de la Colombie-Britannique.

1977
The Francophone Club, as it was called then moved to #7, 93 Commercial Street, Nanaimo. “Le Bulletin des nouvelles mensuelles des francophones de Nanaimo” became “The Bastion”.

The Francophone Club received a gift of 200 books from Canada Arts Council, which gave rise to library services for the regions Francophones. Today, the AFN library holds more than 2000 books.

From October 13, 1977 to 1999
The Association offered a pre-school service “Les Lutins”, to the community. The search for adequate facilities continued, and by September 1st 1978, the Club moved to #4 Church Street in downtown Nanaimo.

March 21, 1978
The Francophone Club incorporated and became the Association des Francophones de Nanaimo (AFN).In 2008, the AFN celebrated its 30th anniversary.

In the March 1978 edition of the Bastion, The AFN expressed its recognition to Mr. Julien Laviolette for his hard work toward organizing a French community and defined him as a francophone pioneer.

1978 was also the year when “the Apollos”, the French-speaking hockey team, was proclaimed as the best of the entertaining league of hockey of Nanaimo.

March 1979
The first Sugar Shack Party was organized.

July 1979
The AFN organized the first French summer camp which still continues to run every summer since, except for 2008.

October 17, 1982
The AFN proceeded to the official opening of its new center located in the basement of the old buildings o