Jacques Sévigny, Chairman of the provincial Rules Committee, proudly accepted the finalist’s plaque on behalf of Golf Québec at the Gala des Mérites du français.
Since 1990, the Office québécois de la langue française (OQLF) – commonly referred to as the “language police” - has been rewarding companies and organizations that are promoting the French language in their work and business places. Since 1998, this recognition has also been extended to those who favour the dynamic use of the French language in their information and communication technology.
Every four years, the USGA and R&A review the rules of golf in collaboration with Golf Canada. Each time, the Golf Québec and Golf Canada volunteers who specialize in the rules and their application are solicited to translate the books that are published by the USGA to make sure that everything is available to French golfers in their own language.
This year, this project took on an unprecedented scale as, on top of the regular rules book that is normally printed for the use of certified referees, a new edition was also created to simplify and democratize the information; making it easily accessible to golfers. There is also a book on the decisions that were given while applying the rules and another document that is specifically designed for those who train the referees.
All this documentation is quite technical, we would even dare say that it has a legal character, and it needs to be translated and proofread by a team of Québec volunteers who are neither linguists nor translators (for most of them) in their daily jobs. They simply share a burning passion for the game golf, its rules, and the rich heritage of the French language. We would like to salute their contribution in this long-term project and thank Diane Barabé, the Chairperson of the national Rules Committee, Jacques Nols, and Jean-Claude Gagné.
This spring, training webinars were conducted in French by Jacques Sévigny and Édouard Rivard to help Québec’s aspiring referees with their academic preparation for the Levels 2 and 3 certification exams.
In addition, it was unfortunate to see that the new online Level 1 rules training and exam were only given in English by the R&A. In an effort to address this issue, the training module was fully translated in the spring by the group of Golf Québec referees under the supervision of Jacques Sévigny. It is now possible to acquire the first level of rules training, online, in French.
Golf Québec is proud of the work that was accomplished by provincial referees to make the Rules of Golf available in French. At the recent Gala des Mérites du français hosted by the Office québécois de la langue française, Jacques Sévigny was presented with the finalist's plaque for the promotion of the French language in a corporation with fewer than 50 employees.
Golf Québec Nominated As the Sport Federation of the Year in Québec (2014)
Montréal, April 30, 2014 – The Québec Golf Federation (Golf Québec) was presented with the Sport Federation of the Year Award by Sports-Québec during the 41st edition of the Gala Sports-Québec held on Wednesday at the Sheraton Laval.
Golf Québec was a finalist in this category along with the Fédération de gymnastique du Québec and Plongeon Québec. For Golf Québec, this was a second consecutive nomination. Our Directors and employees are extremely proud of this recognition which showcases their accomplishments of the past five year to develop participation in the game of golf, and more specifically amongst children.
“This is with great pride and enthusiasm that we accept this honour. I especially delighted when I think of all our regional and provincial volunteers who are dedicating countless hours to deliver our programs, services, and top quality events that are living up to the expectations of all golf participants and our member-clubs”, mentioned Jean-Pierre Beaulieu, Executive Director.
Selected from the 238 candidacies submitted by sport federations, Golf Québec stood out in a group of 57 nominees who reached the final round of the Gala Sports-Québec. This selection was based on the quality of the nominees’ performances and accomplishments from January 1st to December 31, 2013. The phenomenal success of our Golf in Schools program at the elementary and high school levels, in the past year, growth of our Golfmobile, popularity of the Introduction to Competition Tours (ICT), and certification of three Junior Development Golf Centres (JDGC) surely contributed to our nomination.
“I would like to thank the other sport federations for their commitment to promoting a healthy lifestyle within our society. Golf is a sport of a lifetime, and we truly hope for our population to remain active and healthy. I would also like to congratulate the athletes who were presented with a Maurice and other nominees”, added Marcel Paul Raymond, current President of the Federation.
The 2014 Gala Sports-Québec, coordinated by the SPORTSQUÉBEC Corporation, truly was a successful event. Held on a yearly basis, it supports and promotes sport excellence by celebrating the outstanding performances of athletes, federations, contributors, and federated sport events in the various prize categories.