October 14, 2015
A new page of history has just been written for French Canadian culture:
Gilles Desjardins, President & Founder of Brigil, offers a historical donation to La Nouvelle Scène.
October 14, 2015 will be remembered for La Nouvelle Scène and the entire French Canadian community. Entrepreneur and philanthropist Gilles Desjardins has just officially announced a donation of one million dollars to the cultural organization. This major contribution is the largest donation to a French Canadian cultural organization outside of Quebec. The community of the National Capital Region is infinitely pleased and enthusiastically welcomes this exceptional generosity.
For his 50th birthday and the 30th anniversary of Brigil, Mr. Desjardins, who was born as a Franco-Ontarian, is pleased to offer this gift to his local community. This donation will support the construction project of La Nouvelle Scène.
"Brigil is a love story more than 30 years in the making, shared between residents of the National Capital Region, my team, my family and I. Brigil is a story written around all the riches and resources of our beautiful region; our plentiful rivers, vast green spaces, endless valleys and profound cultural identity make the National Capital Region a gem just waiting to shine." – Gilles Desjardins
Why choose La Nouvelle Scène? Gilles Desjardins explains: "For me, artists and entrepreneurs are alike. We work hard to create things. I create communities, projects and a quality of life. The artists create and depict their dreams. Knowing that it is possible to make dreams a reality is very fulfilling. It creates hope and a better quality of life for all. I love knowing that my work has a positive impact in people's lives. Just like artists, an entrepreneur is someone who has the courage to realize his dreams, his vision. After all, we are more alike than we think. "
La Nouvelle Scène, French-language theater center in Ottawa-Carleton open its doors in January 2016. With a new international architectural, the building will be twice the size of the existing building to help French artists have place to call home that projects a modern image in the heart of the National Capital Region.