Festival International announces Volunteer of the Year - KLFY News 10

Festival International announces Volunteer of the Year

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Festival International de Louisiane announced Kirby Jambon as the recipient of the 2014 FIL David Lofton Volunteer of the Year Award.

The FIL David Lofton Volunteer of the Year is an annual award given by Festival International de Louisiane as a way of recognizing a volunteer that best exemplifies the spirit and dedication of David Lofton a former volunteer and FIL board member.

This year's recipient, Kirby Jambon is a native of Lafouche Parish, Louisiana and the son of Mike and Loretta Jambon. An educator, award-winning poet, actor and French cultural activist, Jambon has taught French Immersion in the Lafayette Parish school system for the last 28 years and has volunteered with Festival International for the last 18 years.

"Kirby is one of the most dedicated people I know," says Lisa Stafford, FIL Programming Director. "Our young stage presenter program has grown so much under his leadership. He has a talent for engaging young people in practical application of utilizing French outside of the classroom."

As the chairperson of the stage presenter program, Jambon is responsible for training and managing the bi-lingual stage announcers festival-goers hear before and after every performance. With over 100 performances for the annual festival, stage announcers help personalize each Festival performance by introducing performances, sharing artist bios and engaging the audience with entertaining commentary in French and English

"I've known Kirby Jambon since I was in elementary school from French Immersion. His love for both the French language and the culture here in Louisiana is contagious and without him the Francophone community in Lafayette wouldn't be the same."

Moore continues, "And thanks to Mr. Jambon, I am able to present bands each year at festival which only heightens an already wonderful festival experience."

Jambon's dedication to Festival and celebrating our area's connection to the Francophone world is evident by the many students he has taught during his tenure with the French Immersion program at Prairie Elementary School. Several of his students from the French Immersion program have started as young stage announcers at FIL's Chevron Scène des Jeunes (youth area) stage eventually making their way up to the larger music stages. In addition to his work as an educator, Jambon is an award winning poet having authored two books in French and winning the Le prix mondes francophones award in 2006 for his book of poetry titled L'École Gombo. He was also an early member of Action Cadienne, (a local group founded by parents, teachers and community members to promote French Immersion in area schools) and Le Federation des Jeunes de la Louisiane.

In recognition of his dedication as volunteer, and management of the FIL stage announcement program, Kirby Jambon will receive the FIL David Lofton Volunteer of the Year Award during the 2014 opening ceremonies of the annual Festival International de Louisiane on Thursday, April 25 at the Scène Stabil Drill International stage.

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