About Us

After close to two decades of success bringing beloved French summer camps to thousands of families around the GTA, Martine Brouillet decided to extend the reach of Camp Tournesol with a sister company, the Brouillet Academy. Martine has always had a great passion for sharing the French language ever since she moved to Ontario following humble beginnings growing up in the heart of Montreal. Because camps are generally offered during the summer months, that left three quarters of the year where Martine couldn’t help grow the French language in her communitythis was the impetus to create Brouillet Academy in 2017.

While Camp Tournesol’s French summer and French overnight programs were all about fun, the Brouillet Academy would focus more on building academic French skills of its students all year round.

Originally, there were two different flagship programs to give bilingual French students in Ontario year-round academic support: 1-on-1 flexible French tutoring, and weekly online DELF French classrooms. Students can still participate in both of these programs from the comfort of their own homes while working directly in line with the Ontario French as a Second Language curriculum. 

Due to recent events, we have greatly expanded our line of virtual classes and online programs. We are currently offering 12 new Virtual French Classes that focus on everything from French writing skills, to French reading skills, to physical activity and everything in between! These affordable French virtual classes will be available until Ontario’s schools reopen and are offered on a daily basis five times a week! Plans are already underway to continue these popular French virtual classes in the fall with a wide array of weekly programs.

Our Founder – Martine Brouillet

Martine is a francophone born and raised in Montreal who actively supports bilingualism. She graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Commerce, specializing in management information system and organizational behavior. 

In 2001, after the birth of her 3 sons, Martine Brouillet founded Camp Tournesol in Ontario, Canada and has been driven to make an impact with Ontario’s children in their quest to become bilingual ever since. The company’s flagship French camps have since become leaders in their market, welcoming tens of thousands of children and spawning sister products servicing these families such as the Brouillet Academy.

The impetus to create the Brouillet Academy stemmed from a long time dream to provide accessibility to French classes and tutoring to children and adults regardless of their geographical location as well as to complement the hands-on, experiential learning provided by her camps with a more academic and structured environment.

Directors Of Curriculum

Annie Bellemare:

Annie is a francophone born and raised in Quebec. She has gained more than 10 years of experience teaching and sharing her love of French both in Quebec and in Ontario. She graduated from University of Quebec in Trois-Rivières with a Bachelor’s degree in Second Language Teaching. After her first university degree, she decided to pursue her studies at the master’s level. She then moved to Ontario to study at the University of Toronto in the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, where she completed her Master of Arts in Curriculum Studies and Teacher Development. Her thesis was on youth identity and French-language education in Ontario. She is now a Special Education Consultant at Conseil Scolaire Viamonde, in Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area. She is still very passionate about teaching French and is very excited to work and share her passion with your children.

Annie joined Camp Tournesol in 2009, participating in all the overnight trips since then (Quebec, France, Algonquin) and having fun with campers at the day camps as a coordinator. In 2018, she joined our senior team as a regional coordinator.

She has assembled a team of seasoned instructors for all our classes and levels who will be with her onsite at the weekend retreat.

Amanda Cloutier:

Amanda has been a lover of the French language since her first French classes in elementary school. Amanda pursued her post-secondary studies with a focus on the French language: she completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts in French Studies from the University of Waterloo, a Bachelor of Education at Nipissing University to certify her as an Ontario Certified Teacher for French at the secondary level, and a Master’s of Education from the University of Ottawa.

Outside of her schooling, Amanda has always sought opportunities to grow her fluency in French, ultimately leading her to join the Camp Tournesol team as a counselor in 2013. Since, she has grown with the company, seeing first-hand how the programming Camp Tournesol offers impacts campers, families, and our counselors.

Now a Program Director, Amanda is pleased to give back to the French language community, supporting new initiatives within Camp Tournesol and the Brouillet French Academy.

 
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