CPF Magazine Winter 2021 Issue

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A national network of volunteers, parents and stakeholders who value French as an integral part of Canada. CPF Magazine is dedicated to the promotion and creation of French-second-language learning opportunities for young Canadians.

CPF EVENTS

CPF Network

VIRTUAL Conference

In October, for the first time ever, the CPF Network Conference took place entirely online.

More than 85 sessions, 300 registered delegates and 18 sponsors made it a total success.

A

dapting the Network Conference

to a virtual format proved to be

a challenge at first, but in the

end, it allowed us to reach a wider

audience and to diversify the content.

Raise Your Flag for French was the title

of the 2020 edition, which included

topics like linguistic security, remote

and hybrid learning, mental health

during the pandemic and updates on

the FSL teacher recruitment and

retention projects underway to

address FSL education issues.

Feedback from Conference

delegates and long-time CPF members

was overwhelmingly positive. Many of

them shared with us that they were at

first doubtful about this new format but

were really pleased with the platform

and the content. However, they all

agreed that they missed the social and

networking aspect (in person) of the

traditional conference.

The Conference

at a Glance

The Conference started by having Keith

Spicer, Canada’s First Commissioner of

Official Languages chat about his time

as Commissioner, the Official Languages

Act and of course, CPF’s history. We were

also joined by the current Commissioner,

Raymond Théberge.

Parents were also thrilled to

hear inspiring keynotes from Olympic

medallist Clara Hughes, career coach

JP Michel and Filmmaker Elia Saikaly,

as they presented clear examples to

motivate children in their education and

their future. To learn more about Elia

and JP’s sessions, checkout the articles

on pages 12 and 16. Workshops about

language acquisition and practicing

French in the era of remote learning

were complemented by exhibitor

sessions sharing university programs,

language bursaries and other youth

opportunities.

New on the program, we included

socio-cultural activities for the whole

family to enjoy together. These ranged

My teenage daughter loved Clara’s keynote, as a


parent I was pleased to see that the conference

content could be of interest for the whole family.


Adam W. writes:

Salut!! Félicitations pour une très

belle journée!! Clara was incredible,

inspiring, so much wisdom that

I think we all needed to hear,

and Derrek’s session just now

with Amy and Ahdi was so

thought provoking.

Charles Z. writes:

I have joined many sessions.

My daughter is only 6 years old,

but we put the virtual concert on

last night, while she and her mom

played some games, and listened

to the concert at the same time.

It was really nice.

18 CPF MAGAZINE WINTER 2021

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