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<strong>CPF</strong> EVENTS <strong>CPF</strong> Network VIRTUAL Conference In October, for the first time ever, the <strong>CPF</strong> 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 <strong>CPF</strong> 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, <strong>CPF</strong>’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 <strong>CPF</strong> MAGAZINE WINTER <strong>2021</strong>
<strong>CPF</strong> EVENTS from bilingual magic shows to French concerts and movies to a Family French Trivia Night. Without a doubt one of the special surprises of the week was the 100% Franco Amérique French music concert, made possible by our partner, the Centre de la Francophonie des Amériques. While we hope we can someday go back to meeting everyone in person, we are very pleased with the results and the response we got from our members. n It has been an “ honour to listen to Keith Spicer. His chat was very nostalgic. ” Be Brave, Speak French! Linguistic Security Advocacy Brief The <strong>CPF</strong> National Research Support Working Group launched the new advocacy brief “Be Brave! Speak French!” which tackles linguistic security, one of our biggest challenges. This became evident during other sessions. For example, Robert Talbot, Research Manager at the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages, presented a survey about linguistic insecurity in the federal government. By the end of the week, delegates discovered so many new resources and tools to continue advocating for FSL education and had the opportunity for plenty of discussions with like-minded individuals including to chat with the National Board of Directors. n EDU-INTER FRENCH SCHOOL IN QUEBEC CITY Treat yourself or your loved ones to a 100% French immersion in Quebec City. French programs for all ages with different activities every day. On vous attend à Québec! Adult programs (16 years and over) • Core and Intensive programs available • Small groups that allow more speaking opportunities • Multiple French levels are available at all times Complete your immersion program by staying with one of our homestay families • Practice your French with real “Québécois” • Learn firsthand about Quebec’s rich culture and history • Enjoy a private room and a meal plan during your whole stay Can’t come right now? Don’t worry, we have the perfect virtual option for you! Day and evening sessions are available. Teen and High School programs (10 to 17 years) • 10 different French summer camp options (multiactivities, sports, arts and much more) • Residence and homestay accommodation are available • Students from 43 different countries participate every year • Semester and academic years in French are possible through our local high schools Learn more about Edu-inter! learningfrenchinquebec.com firstname.lastname@example.org <strong>CPF</strong> MAGAZINE WINTER <strong>2021</strong> 19