Objectifs et concepts-clés

(English) 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.

(English) 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.

Notre Fondatrice – Martine Brouillet

Martine Brouillet est née et a grandi dans une famille francophone de Montréal. Elle a obtenu son baccalauréat en Commerce, spécialisé en informatique et comportement organisationnel, de l’université McGill. Après une belle carrière en handball, comme joueur et ensuite comme entraîneur, parvenant jusqu’aux équipes de niveaux provinciaux et nationaux, elle est élue comme trésorière sur le conseil d’administration de la Fédération Québécoise de Handball. Elle a ensuite été à l’emploi de la Banque Nationale du Canada, (secteur de la trésorerie). En 1989, elle s’installe à Toronto et rejoint l’équipe de développeurs de la compagnie ComputeChan Corp. Sous la présidence de Martine, la compagnie a vu ses revenus augmenter de façon importante (de l’ordre de 6X les revenus initiaux)! En 1996, Martine coordonna avec succès la vente de ComputeChan Corp à une grande firme spécialisée en gestion de données.

Depuis ce jour, Martine a mis son temps et ses énergies au service de différents organismes bénévoles tout en veillant à l’éducation de ses 3 jeunes enfants.

De 1995 à 1999, Martine fût directrice de l’organisme sans but lucratif Women Entrepreneurs of Canada. Elle a coordonné le développement et le design de leur site internet tout en créant la documentation sur « WEC : defining a National Association » qui a servi de modèle pour la reconstruction de l’association.

Martine a consacré une bonne partie de son temps à contribuer au développement des écoles locales en participant comme présidente du conseil d’école, coordonnatrice des événements de collectes de fonds, et en créant un programme de levée de fonds pour financer la fondation « Hands of Hope ».

Elle est aussi la co-fondatrice du regroupement Mississauga South Chapter of Canadian Parents for French (Ontario) et a participé à différents comités du conseil scolaire de la région de Peel, pour le programme d’immersion française. En 2005, Martine se joint au conseil d’administration de la section ontarienne du Canadian Parents for French et sera leur trésorière jusqu’à la fin de son mandat en 2007.

En 2001, Martine démarre un premier camp de jours francophone à Mississauga, qui est rapidement devenu sa passion. Ses enfants devenus plus âgées, elle consacre désormais son temps à développer le Camp Tournesol et à ajouter de nouveaux sites et de nouveaux produits afin de toujours améliorer l’expérience de vos enfants dans ses camps. Martine croit fermement aux avantages du bilinguisme et demeure convaincu de l’importance de fournir des opportunités et des expériences dans un cadre francophone au plus grand nombre possible d’étudiants en immersion en Ontario.

One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.

~ Frank Smith

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Directors Of Curriculum

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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.

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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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