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3 Bilingualism: A Hot Skill For Job Seekers
6 Be Willing To Be Uncomfortable
12 The Gift of Expressing Myself in
18 IDÉLLO and Canadian Parents for French Celebrate
French as a Second Language Teachers
2 PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
8 CPF NEWS
Extreme Makover! Breathing New Life
into CPF’s Website
10 CPF BRANCHES:
FSL TEACHER RECRUITMENT
Take Your Career Further as a French Teacher
15 CPF RESOURCE
Stronger Together: CPF In Action!
20 KEY CPF CONTACTS ACROSS CANADA
21 CPF YOUTH ACTIVITY
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that promotes and creates opportunities to learn and use French for all those who
call Canada home.
As summer approaches, I cannot help but
reflect on the fact we have collectively
far surpassed the one-year mark of the
pandemic. A pandemic that started for many
of us as, “you will be working from home for
a couple weeks, a month at most.” That sure
Like me, I am sure many of you are fed up
with all the changes that have been brought on
through these many months. Some of you may
have already flipped the page as we have all heard
enough about the pandemic. Yet, as I write this,
I keep reflecting on the past year.
I am thankful in many ways that, due to my
privilege, I have avoided many of the most devastating effects.
I am thankful that I have been able to ‘physical distance’;
isolate when needed; work from home; and that I have access
to healthcare. I am also thankful that as a Network we have
been able to continue carrying out our mandate and
supporting families across the country.
Although I am thankful, I cannot say it has not been
challenging. The strange excitement of the first few months
of having to develop new strategies and plans; of switching
to virtual; of making it work, has disappeared. We have now
normalized virtual events and meetings, and
people are starting to experience fatigue, I
understand it has been energy-draining to
manage all the changes and conflicting emotions.
I appreciate the way our volunteers have shown
resilience despite the challenging year.
If you are a parent with young kids, a youth
in high school, a grandparent, a university student
or anyone else reading this, please know that
it is okay to feel what you are feeling, even if it
conflicts inside you. As we all continue to get
vaccinated, it is going to take time to adjust to
that new reality as well. Through it all, the CPF
Network continues to do its work of supporting
each other. I believe the Network we have is vital… from a work
perspective, but also now more than ever, from the fact that we
all need a little extra support.
Take the time you need, reach out if you need to, we are
all here to support each other. n
CPF NATIONAL PRESIDENT
NEW Bursaries for Postsecondary Studies
in French as a Second Language
English-speaking students entering the first year of a college or university program
could receive $3,000 to pursue their studies entirely or partly in French.
It’s rewarding to be bilingual!
Students who study in French have the opportunity to discover the diverse
and rich culture of the Francophonie. Studies show that bilingualism
leads to better employment opportunities and wages.
Find out more: acufc.ca/FSLbursaries
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BY OFFICIAL LANGUAGES AND BILINGUALISM INSTITUTE UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA
Did you know that being bilingual can lead to more job offers and a
better salary? According to Marie Mitsou, Career Corner Counsellor at
the University of Ottawa, a bilingual employee can earn 5% to 20%
more than a unilingual employee. Clearly, bilingualism is a valuable
asset that pays off in many different ways!
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Given globalization and the mobility of today’s
workforce, employers are drawing from
an increasingly diverse and multicultural
population, both locally and abroad. As a potential
employee, gaining and activating a multicultural
edge has become a condition for success in our
interconnected world. In this environment, employers
are seeking versatile employees with multiple
qualifications who can navigate across different
cultures and who have the ability to solve problems
and multitask – qualities that are directly linked to
knowing a second language.
The ability to speak a second language can make
your resume stand out from the crowd and can boost
you to the top of the interview list. Marie Mitsou gave
some sound advice to students who are preparing
to enter the world of work, along with tips on how
they can bring their bilingualism to the fore.
you give students who
want to leverage their
are available to
A good way to make your bilingualism work for you
is to look for organizations who value or require it,
such as all levels of government, educational institutions,
international organizations, tourism, healthcare,
municipal services, etc. These organizations generally
gravitate toward candidates with multilingual abilities.
This requirement often disqualifies unilingual candidates
and as such, narrows down the competition for these key
jobs. Cities that promote a bilingual environment may
also offer more opportunities. Consider expanding your
job search to include these markets.
Students who have achieved certified bilingual
proficiency should market themselves as bilingual, not
merely as second language learners. It is important
to highlight your bilingualism, and associated
communication skills, consistently and confidently at
all touchpoints: resume, LinkedIn profile, cover letters,
job application platforms, and interviews. Keep in mind
that communication skills are one of the most valued
and transferable skills across all sectors. Use that to your
advantage. Furthermore, be sure to underscore any
experiential learning activities carried out in your second
language: such experiences are a very compelling way
to demonstrate your ability to work in both languages
in non-academic environments. Don’t forget to
highlight them every chance you get! Finally, make your
documents available in both languages and ensure that
the quality of the language is impeccable.
The first point of contact with a potential employer
is through application documents, such as resumes,
cover letters, and personal profiles. One of the most
important elements to consider in creating these
documents is to ensure that both content and format
are as accurate and specific as possible. Be succinct and
purposeful, and focus on experiences and responsibilities
that reflect your competencies and that demonstrate
specific and relevant skills. Don’t focus exclusively on
the tasks; also emphasize key accomplishments and
performance outcomes, supported by metrics. The
uOttawa Career Corner has several resources including
an online chat available Mondays to Fridays to help with
that. Students can also make an appointment, during
which we can review these documents together and look
at development opportunities.
To help you answer difficult questions, develop
interview strategies, improve your communication
skills, and reduce stress before an actual job interview,
we recommend that you practice your interview skills
through mock interviews – in both official languages.
The Career Corner can provide support in this area
by reviewing the questions typically asked (general,
behavioural and situational) and role-playing to
simulate an interview. Additional online resources
are also available to help you develop these skills.
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3What steps can
students take and
when should they
It is never too early to start looking for interesting
job opportunities through LinkedIn, a social media
platform, job search sites, company websites, etc. Browse
through these websites and get acquainted with the types
of job positions, potential employers, locations, etc. Make
a list of five to ten ideal jobs and 10-to-20 ideal employers.
Create career alerts, search for employees on LinkedIn
and try to find contacts that you may have in common.
Once you do, reach out to them, consider informational
interviews, etc. You should never underestimate the
power of networking and spreading the word that you
are looking for work opportunities. In fact, one in 200
resumes will get you a job offer, while one in 12 “career
conversations” will lead to one. So, don’t devote 100% of
your time to applying for jobs; invest time in networking
since it is likely to yield better results.
To maintain an active network, keep in touch with
friends, family, former employers, colleagues, professors,
alumni, association members – anyone who might help
generate information and job leads. Attend as many
networking events as you can – either virtually or in person.
Ensure that your LinkedIn profile is compelling
and adds value to your CV rather than duplicating it.
Personalize the “About You” section with unique, inspired
content, add a great photo, grow your connections, get
endorsements on your skills, link to external content,
publish posts about your activities and accomplishments,
etc. Finally, before creating or updating your profile, seek
out ideas or inspiration from other graduates or people
working in organizations that interest you.
Also, according to a CareerBuilder study, 70% of
employers use social media to screen candidates. Take
the time to audit your social media accounts and ensure
that your online persona reflects positively on you. n
As a potential employee,
gaining and activating
a multicultural edge
has become a condition
for success in our
The ability to speak a second
language can make your
resume stand out from the
crowd and can boost you to
the top of the interview list.
Université d’Ottawa | University of Ottawa
A unique opportunity
with unparalleled support!
• French immersion available in 86 undergraduate programs
• Open to core, extended and French immersion students
• Special courses to make the transition to bilingual
• An extra $1,000 per year for studying bilingually
• An authentic bilingual environment in Canada’s capital
The Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute (OLBI) is an integral
part of the University of Ottawa’s vision for the future. OLBI strengthens
and promotes education and research in the fields of teaching, evaluation
and language policy design. It also brings together the University of
Ottawa’s experts in official languages and bilingualism.
CPF MAGAZINE SPRING 2021 5
Be willing to be
BY BETTY GORMLEY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CPF ONTARIO
Maya Dempsey, Recipient of the Queen’s University
Chancellor Scholarship, Shares Her Path to Bilingualism
Maya has been in French immersion
since Senior Kindergarten at John
English Junior Middle School. She is
now in grade 12 at Bishop Allen Academy
in Etobicoke, Ontario.
In November, she was nominated by
her high school to apply for the Queen’s
University Chancellor’s Scholarship. The
criteria to apply are:
> Superior academic ability
> Creative and original thinking
> Proven leadership qualities
> Nominated by your High School
Thousands of students all over
Canada applied this year and only
50 candidates received the scholarship.
In February, Maya received the
wonderful news. She had won – a total
of $36,000 that she could use toward
her tuition over her 4 years at
“I am still in shock.” Maya says. “I am
checking the website to make sure this
is real. I got so emotional and I had a big
moment of gratitude for all the amazing
teachers and mentors that provided
so many opportunities to develop my
leadership capacities. I felt so honoured.”
Maya had many leadership
opportunities such as participating in the
SLAM club (Servant Leaders and Mentors)
with a focus on service to others and
creating a sense of belonging. She was part
of a small group discussing what is going
on in the world and developing service
projects. For instance, she arranged for
elementary students to come visit her
Maya says: “I’ve grown in that
program. I had opportunities to become
a coach of the ‘Champions Club’ where
we offered reading activities and physical
fitness activities to kids who are living
below the poverty line.”
About her experience of having her
education in French as a second language,
Maya says: “There is a lot that French
immersion has given me. It has been
an extra challenge to learn in a second
language, especially in the early years. I’ve
learned how to be resilient, to rise and to
overcome that challenge. This changed the
way I engaged myself in the world and also
in my everyday life.”
In addition to her role as a leader,
Maya also had incredible opportunities to
use her French and to experience some
French culture. When she turned 15 years
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old, she went to France for 3 weeks to stay
with a family that had a child the same age
as her. It was her first time travelling alone.
”It was the first time I was
communicating in French outside school.
French immersion education allowed me
to put myself out there. I surprised myself
with my ability to speak French and it
was wonderful to have such an authentic
experience. French immersion opened
so many doors, not only to get a better
understanding of the French language,
but also to experience French culture in
Canada and internationally. I became more
aware of life outside my community,”
As French immersion opened
Maya’s world, she continued her
adventure outside her comfort zone by
participating in the Explore program. The
Federal government offers this bursary
program, making it possible for hundreds
of students annually to benefit from an
immersion experience and improve their
knowledge of one of Canada’s two official
languages: French or English. When she
was 16 years old, Maya spent five weeks
in the summer program in Jonquière, in
the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region of
Québec. “Meeting people from all
over North America was incredible,”
When asked if she considers herself
as fully bilingual, Maya replies: “I think
so. It is the biggest value of my French
education. It will be beneficial as I move
forward in my life.” Maya doesn’t know
how bilingualism will play out in her
future, but she is certain that she doesn’t
want to lose her French. She is looking
forward to opportunities to maintain her
French, like joining a French club. She is
also looking forward to studying overseas
in a French-speaking country as Queen’s
offers the 3rd year of study abroad.
She will be pursuing a degree in
business and she affirms that she would
love to have opportunities to travel in
her job and work in French.
When asked what advice she would
give to kids in an immersion program
transitioning into high school?
“I would say just do it!” says Maya.
Even though she was sometimes
skeptical about the benefits, it turns
out the extra-curricular activities she
had with French immersion were
the most beneficial thing for her.
The Explore program and going to
France pushed her into unfamiliar
situations and improved her
understanding of French culture.
After going through these two
major experiences, Maya feels
more connected to what she
has been learning at school.
“Be willing to be
uncomfortable! If you stick
with it, it’s worth it!”
that’s her advice and she
confirms that she would
definitely do it again
CPF Ontario thanks Maya for
sharing her story with us. We applaud
her courage, her leadership, and
her enthusiasm about her path to
We wish her all the best in the next
chapter of her life, the journey she will
be starting this September at Queen’s
“If you stick with it, it’s worth it!”
that’s her advice and she confirms
that she would definitely do it
again without hesitation!
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Breathing New Life
into CPF’s Website
8 CPF MAGAZINE SPRING 2021
Do you hear that? It’s the whir of servers and the hum of
CPUs rushing our latest news, best resources and most
inspiring stories to your screen.
Whether you visit the new cpf.ca on your laptop or on your
phone, CPF is proud to bring you—our members, advocates, and
friends—an online experience that will knock your socks off.
Our goal is to put information, tools and inspiration at
YOUR fingertips. In the fall we will be completing phase 2 of
the website which will include member exclusive content and
a dedicated space for volunteers to locate additional internal
support and resources.
With the redesigned website we want to reach new
audiences, from parents considering enrolling their children
in a FSL program to stakeholders trying to make an informed
decision, and of course, improve our CPF members’ experience
and keep adding value to membership to further support them.
We invite you to explore the new website and share with
us what you think! If you have any questions about the new
cpf.ca, contact Paola St Georges, Network Manager, Web
Project Communications at CPF. She’ll be happy to hear from
Our new website is a project that has been a year in the making! It has all the great
content we have always shared but it now boasts many new features, including:
A clean, simplified design that
improves your user experience.
Revamped menus and navigation to help
you find what you’re looking for faster.
NEWS YOU CAN USE:
Our cross-Canada team continues
to update the site with:
> the latest news in French Second
Language (FSL) education,
> tools for parents, educators
> developments in research
An event calendar featuring activities led
by Chapters, Branches and National Office
New resources for families considering
putting their children in a FSL program,
and supporting young people in their
journey to bilingualism.
New resources for educators teaching,
advocating, and promoting FSL education.
New sections celebrating the FSL Champions
among us and highlighting advocacy efforts
Three clearly distinct ways of getting
involved with CPF – Now it will be easier
than ever to become a member, to donate,
or to volunteer.
And so much more!
Our goal is to put
and inspiration at
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CPF EVENTS BRANCHES FSL TEACHER RECRUITMENT
Take Your Career Further
as a French Teacher
A Nova Scotian Perspective on
FSL Teacher Recruitment
BY REBECCA LANCASTER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CPF NOVA SCOTIA
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CPF BRANCHES FSL TEACHER RECRUITMENT
Imagine you are a young university
student in your second or third year
of a degree, when it hits you; “Is this
really what I want to do for the rest of my
life?” Take Your Career Further promotes
the option of becoming a French teacher
to university students.
How realistic is it to see teaching
French as a potential career path? Across
Canada school boards are working hard to
keep up with the demand for expanded
French immersion programs and the
teachers to staff them. The demand for
French teachers also includes the need
for core French teachers and at French
first language schools.
French language teacher supply
and demand was a key area identified
in the “Raise the Bar” report released in
January 2018 by the NS Education and
Early Childhood Development. Although
recruiting qualified French teachers
from overseas is possible, it can take
time and effort to attract those recruits.
Take Your Career Further targets youth
already studying in Canadian universities.
Take Your Career Further aims to bridge
the growing gap in French teacher
demand in Nova Scotia by recruiting
locally. Research i has shown that the
employment choice of a new certified
teacher is influenced by where they are
living presently and where they have
completed their practicum experience.
In a study ii done by the Federal
Reserve Bank of New York, it found that
only 27% of university graduates work in
a field related to their major. Traditionally
French teacher recruitment has focused
on those students who have a degree in
French with a background in the arts and
humanities. Take Your Career Further
is reaching out to students in key areas
needed in French immersion such as
STEM (science, technology, engineering
and math) and Arts programs (modern
languages, economics, sociology, cultural
studies, politics, psychology).
Take Your Career Further targets
young people to consider enhancing
their present career path by becoming a
French teacher in their field of expertise.
CPF Nova Scotia worked with the Ginger
Agency based in Fredericton, NB to
develop the branding and messaging
for the project.
The focus group research found that
one of the key factors in choosing a B.Ed
program was a passion either for a field
of study or were influenced by a teacher
who was passionate about teaching. A
survey by Best Colleges iii on why college
grads would change their majors found
that “I want to pursue my passion” was
the top reason for a graduate to change
their major. “I want better /more job
opportunities” came in second place.
Another key factor identified by the
focus group was the desire to support
and strengthen the French language
and culture in the Atlantic region.
Nova Scotia is a province steeped in
Acadian culture going back to the
1600’s. With over 90,000 French
speakers in our province, we also
have other communities representing
La Francophonie: Quebecois, Lebanese,
French speaking Africans, Europeans,
Caribbeans and many Francophiles.
With the closing of university
campuses due to the pandemic,
Take Your Career Further was unable
to schedule presentations to students.
i Meeting Labour Needs for French as a Second Language instruction in Ontario; David Jacks,
Canadian Parents for French, the State of French Second Language Education in Canada report, 2018.
ii Agglomeration and Job Matching among College Graduates; Abel, Jaison R and Deitz, Richard, Federal
Reserve Bank of New York, December 2014.
iii New Survey Finds Most College Grads Would Change Majors; Johnson, Reece; Best Colleges,
February 27, 2020. www.bestcolleges.com/blog/college-graduate-major-survey.
Thank you to the French immersion teachers from Ridgecliff Middle School for trying out our new
Take Your Career Further tuques! Tanya, Shanon, Meghan, Matthew and David model this hat so
well, don't you think? #TeachinFrench #TakeYourCareerFurtherATL #OneStepFurtherATL
Take Your Career Further has been made possible by the Government of Canada
with funding from Teacher Recruitment and Retention.
Instead, our Project Coordinator, Marina
Turbide focused on building a solid social
media campaign by creating a LinkedIn
page, and posting frequently on Twitter,
Facebook and Instagram. Marina is
a marketing student at Saint Mary’s
University and has worked on the
project for almost a full year.
Take Your Career Further has
reached out to the B.Ed faculties to
distribute promotional items developed
with students in mind. Our future plans
for Take Your Career Further are now
dependent upon the universities opening
in the fall. Presently CPF Nova Scotia
is developing short videos for use in
the classroom and on social media. In
the next ten months, Take Your Career
Further will create virtual events with
our partners and promote resources on
teaching as a career path.
Take Your Career Further will be
recruiting Brand Ambassadors for each of
the four universities in the province with
B.Ed programs: Université Sainte-Anne,
Saint Francis Xavier University, Acadia
University and Mount Saint Vincent
University. Our Brand Ambassadors will
host events and promote Take Your
Career Further on campus.
In 2022, Take Your Career Further
will be expanded and adapted for use
at the junior and high school level. Take
Your Career Further will be promoted
at our Salon d’exploration d’emplois
bilingues/Bilingual Career Exploration
Day, an event that over 7,000 Nova
Scotian students have participated in
Take Your Career Further
as a French Teacher in
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The Gift of
in Both Languages
BY JILL BARBER SINGER-SONGWRITER
This article was first published on March 1, 2021 in the Language Portal of Canada’s Our Languages blog. A Translation
Bureau initiative, the Language Portal provides Canadians with a wide range of resources to help them communicate
more effectively in English and French, and publishes weekly articles by language lovers on the Our Languages blog.
was born in Port Credit, Ontario, and travelled all over the
country before settling in Vancouver and starting a family
there. I’ve recorded some 10 albums, including 2 in French.
I’m so pleased to be able to communicate with my Francophone
audience, even though it requires some linguistic gymnastics!
My musical influences
I started my career approximately 20 years ago and was
inspired by various musical genres, such as folk, jazz and the
more retro style of the 60s. When thinking about my influences,
Acadia’s lively, vibrant music culture also comes to mind. Even
though I’m Anglophone, I’ve loved listening to artists like Édith
Piaf, Charles Aznavour and Françoise Hardy. And when listening
to my songs, you can immediately feel the connection and my
love of the French language. But it wasn’t always that way!
When I was young, my parents wanted to give me this gift—
yes, I truly believe that learning a second language is a gift!
Unfortunately, I didn’t take the opportunity to learn French,
and I dropped out of French immersion in Grade 6. I wanted to
read, write and express myself in English. However, years later,
the tide turned.
The standing ovation that
The 2009 Montréal Jazz Festival was a major turning point for
me. I wanted to communicate with my audience. Since I’m
a woman who likes to take risks, I decided to translate one
of my songs and sing it at the Festival. Believe it or not, the
predominantly Francophone crowd wholeheartedly embraced
my French interpretation. I never thought that I’d get such a
powerful standing ovation, and it definitely ignited a spark in
me. From that moment on, I wanted to continue singing in my
second language. I signed up for a French immersion course
in the South of France. Although learning the language was
difficult, I really enjoyed my experience. The Institut français
(French institute) had an interesting teaching method that
included a lot of listening and conversing. My teacher was strict;
I had to speak French all day, and in the evenings, I listened to
French music. That’s when I really fell in love with French music,
to such an extent that I recorded an album of popular French
songs in 2013. Once again, I had a great response from my
audience! It motivated me to make another French record in
2020. But this time, it was full of original compositions, except
for one: a song written by Leonard Cohen and adapted for
Françoise Hardy that I really wanted to have the chance to
sing in French. Producing an album in my second language
was quite a challenge!
English and French:
What’s the difference?
When people ask me whether there’s a difference between
singing in English and French, I want to say that the main
difference is physical. In French, I have a slightly different
persona. It’s more physical: French isn’t my first language,
and I feel as though I have to step into my body in another
way and wear a different hat. The experience is more intense.
The language is more passionate, and my mouth has to work
harder. I really have to put my whole body into it, not just my
PHOTO BY CHRIS BARBER, CC BY 2.0,
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voice. I don’t mean to say that I feel less passionate when I
sing in English, but I guess I feel more vulnerable in French.
That vulnerability sometimes comes across as a greater
sensuality. So, in French, I can express myself on the
same topic in a completely different way. As a songwriter,
you get a feeling of freedom from being able to sing in both
languages. I love singing and writing in French because it’s
a new way of expressing myself. It’s more playful and more
poetic. Bilingualism is clearly a value that I hold dear, and
I hope that I can give that gift to my children. It really moves
me when they sing “Le monde est beau” (“The world is
beautiful”) with me.
As a Canadian Anglophone, I feel a certain responsibility
to promote bilingualism wherever I go. I’m so proud to be
part of a bilingual and multicultural country. Over the years,
I’ve participated in both the Montréal Jazz Festival and the
Festival d’été francophone de Vancouver (organized by the
Centre culturel francophone de Vancouver). What’s more, I’ve
had the honour of being a spokesperson for the Rendez-vous
de la Francophonie. As you can tell, I take every opportunity
to celebrate Canadian culture and share my love of French
with the public. n
BY CHRIS BARBER, CC BY 2.0, HTTPS://COMMONS.WIKIMEDIA.ORG/W/INDEX.
... in French, I can express
myself on the same topic in a
completely different way. As a
songwriter, you get a feeling
of freedom from being able
to sing in both languages.
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NETWORK STRATEGIC PLAN
young people reached
Active CPF Volunteers
CPF in Action!
Last year, we published our Strategic Plan for 2020-2025, the plan is a useful tool for
our organization to communicate the actions to achieve our goals.
As a Network, the plan allows us to fulfill our mandate and vision while also allowing our
volunteers and members to become involved with clear objectives. Think of it as our cheat
sheet to ensure French second language learning opportunities for all Canadians!
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We are pleased to say that going into the second year of the plan we have been able to achieve
many of our goals, diversified our programs and even reached new audiences.
Find out about some of the projects and initiatives that are happening across the Network.
We also encourage you to reach out to your Branch to find out what other activities they have
planned for the rest of the year, and how you can become involved.
Youth – Increasing FSL Youth Access and Participation
CPF French Goodnight Bags
In February, we delivered “French Goodnight Bags” to over 150 military families in the National Capital
Region as part of our Bilingual Ottawa initiative. The bags are designed to support English speaking parents
by developing basic literacy skills to ensure their child's success as well as strengthening the link between
home and school for parents considering enrolling their children into a French immersion program.
The bags are available to other Chapters and Branches if they wish to replicate the project in their
province or territory.
Concours d’art oratoire: Virtual Edition and
Concours virtuel #EnsembleÀDistance
Our traditional youth French public speaking competition was back this year in a virtual format,
Branches organized the Provincial finals and sent the winners to compete at the National level.
Given the pandemic, participants could not travel to Ottawa, but they were still able to compete
to win a scholarship. New this year, participants winning 2nd or 3rd place at the provincial level could also compete at the
Meanwhile, Concours virtuel #EnsembleÀDistance, was back again after a great success last year. What started as a
quick response to deliver our youth public speaking competition despite the pandemic last year, has turned into a great
opportunity for youth to practise French in a casual, more informal way, unlike the traditional Concours. CPF British Columbia
& Yukon coordinated it again, encouraging young Canadians across the country to submit a video in French, this time about a
topic of their choice! To watch participants’ videos, visit: concoursvirtuel.ca
Members, Volunteers, Donors – Building Engagement
Recognizing our Resilient Volunteers
As the pandemic hit, our volunteers from coast to coast to coast stepped up and helped us deliver
our programs on virtual platforms that keep evolving. From the Tutoring Program to the Network
Conference and many new projects, they have shown resilience. In April to mark National
Volunteer Week we released a video dedicated to them and and sharing some stories of why
they liked volunteering for CPF.
Volunteers were also a key aspect of the Virtual Advocacy Event (more on that under Advocacy), where they were
recognized with a slideshow highlighting the successes and the projects made possible by them. To watch the video and
the slideshow, visit the CPF National YouTube Channel.
G • U • I • D • E
Fundraising is a Key
Strategy to Our Success
Chapter Fundraising Guide
Following a Chapter Survey in 2019 requesting support on fundraising activities, we created the CPF
Chapter Fundraising Guide, a tool to provide useful information to guide thinking around fundraising
and to share some creative ways to diversify a Chapter’s fundraising efforts. The guide includes vendor
information, ideas, resources and much more.
CPF National plans to connect with Chapters throughout the year to support fundraising campaigns and
to keep expanding the Fundraising Guide. To download the guide, visit: https://cpf.ca/en/volunteer/
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Advocacy – Advocating for Universal Access to Programs
Logging in to Learn! Se brancher pour apprendre!
A new advocacy-oriented research brief will be published in the summer. The report addresses
the challenges faced by FSL students and their parents when schools closed because of the
pandemic. To learn more and to read the report, visit
You are invited
French as a Second Language
Awareness Virtual Event
Join us in recognition
of FSL Education in Canada:
"Surviving to Thriving During a Pandemic".
Thursday, May 13, 2021
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. (Eastern Time)
Confirm your attendance online
by May 6, 2021
By invitation only.
For more information, contact Marcos Salaiza at email@example.com
FSL Awareness Virtual Advocacy Event
In lieu of the traditional Breakfast on Parliament Hill, CPF National organized “From Surviving to Thriving
During a Pandemic” a virtual advocacy event to engage with Members of Parliament, Senators and other
stakeholders. The program is available on the CPF National website, including greetings by Parliamentary
Secretary to the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, Marie-France Lalonde; a
celebration of CPF’s resilient volunteers, the launch of the advocacy-oriented research brief and projects
coming in fall 2021. In addition to the virtual event, several stakeholder meetings were held with CPF
volunteer leaders and Branch Executive Directors.
Stay tuned as we continue fulfilling our plans and achieving our goals of creating French
learning opportunities for young Canadians. Be sure to keep connected by visiting the new
CPF website (read more on page 8), especially the new calendar of events, where you will
be able to find out what’s happening across the Network.
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and Canadian Parents
for French Celebrate
French as a Second
The new edition of the Prix IDÉLLO
has officially launched. Each year,
the award recognizes French as a second
language teachers who are dedicated
to their students. It recognizes their
outstanding work, passion for their
profession, significant impact on the
lives of students, and innovation in
The award has been created by
IDÉLLO and its purpose is to show
students a world where everyone is
welcome and invite them to make
it better. With over 13,000 Frenchlanguage
aligned with the Canadian curriculum
and focused on employability
skills, IDÉLLO builds confidence in
every student to contribute fully to
tomorrow's society. Its series represent
the ethnic and linguistic diversities that
make up the strength and richness of
Francophone culture. IDÉLLO allows
all Francophones and Francophiles to
explore the world through an accessible
platform and to imagine a bright future.
The Prix IDÉLLO gives IDÉLLO the
opportunity to recognize and reward
forward-thinking professionals in the
educational sector. It is a reminder
of its mission to support teachers in
teaching French and preparing students
to become the citizens of tomorrow. It is
also a token of appreciation for the work
accomplished to bring the Francophonie
to life in Canada.
Published in August 2020, a UN
policy brief indicated that the pandemic
has created the largest disruption of
education systems in history, affecting
nearly 1.6 billion learners in more than
190 countries and all continents. And
Canada is no exception. Teachers are
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the ones who are dedicated to limit the
serious consequences of this crisis. Since
March 2020 and the first school closures,
teachers all around Canada have once
again demonstrated their vital role with
children. School dropouts could have
been a real threat. We have all seen
how quickly they have adapted to hybrid
learning, needing to teach online and in
class. They have shown their creativity
in keeping students engaged and have
maintained their students’ interest in
IDÉLLO and CPF invite all teachers
and parents to nominate a French as a
second language teacher in an Englishlanguage
school in Canada who deserves
to be recognized. Teachers working
in immersion, core and extended
French programs are all eligible for this
nomination. Nominations are open until
June 10th 2021.
In order to show the diversity of
the francophonie in Canada, three other
award categories have been created:
French Teacher in a French-language
in Ontario, French Teacher in a Frenchlanguage
school outside of Ontario and
Early-Childhood Educator in Ontario. A
panel of judges made up of education
professionals will select a winner for
each category from all entries received.
The four winners will get $1,000 worth
of classroom supplies, 1 gift card valued
at $150, 1 video portrait, and more.
That’s not all: colleagues or parents who
submit a winning entry can also receive
a $50 gift card.
Teachers are frontline workers. Last
year, citizens showed them their support
by clapping pans at their windows. The
Prix IDÉLLO is just another way to show
support to teachers in Canada. Multiple
studies indicate that Canadian teachers
are stressed and exhausted. However,
they put their students' well-being and
learning journey above their concerns.
The community owes them a lot. Cheer
up their hearts by nominating them for
the Prix IDÉLLO 2021.
They are counting on you!
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!
(16 years and over)
• Core and Intensive
• Small groups that allow more
• Multiple French levels are
available at all times
Complete your immersion
program by staying with one
of our homestay families
• Practice your French with
• 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
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
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KEY CPF CONTACTS ACROSS CANADA
1104 - 170 Laurier Ave. W., Ottawa, ON K1P 5V5
Quebec office & Nunavut support
P.O. Box 393 Westmount, Westmount, QC H3Z 2T5
British Columbia & Yukon
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Prince Edward Island
PO Box 2785, Charlottetown, PE CIA 8C4
T: 902.368.3703 firstname.lastname@example.org pei.cpf.ca
Newfoundland & Labrador
PO Box 8601, Stn A, St. John’s, NL A1B 3P2
T: 709.579.1776 email@example.com nl.cpf.ca
TF: 1.877.576.1776 (in Newfoundland & Labrador only)
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The method that decodes the language.