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CPF Magazine Spring 2021 Issue

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.

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SPRING 2021

Magazine

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CANADIAN PARENTS FOR FRENCH

BILINGUALISM:

A HOT SKILL FOR

JOB SEEKERS

THE GIFT OF

EXPRESSING MYSELF

IN BOTH LANGUAGES

TAKE YOUR CAREER

FURTHER AS A

FRENCH TEACHER


U N I V E R S I T É D E S A I N T - B O N I F A C E

CPF YOUTH YOUTH ACTIVITY ACTIVITY PAGE

Consider the gift of French

in a post-secondary setting

So, you chose to offer your child a chance to become

bilingual by enrolling them in a French immersion school.

That’s great! But did you know that many lose much of their

acquired language skills by the time they are 22 years of age?

scan me

It is necessary to practice French on a regular basis in order to maintain

language proficiency. Pursuing one’s post-secondary studies in French is one

of the best solutions for practicing and improving written and oral skills.

#VisezUSB

Learn more at ustboniface.ca/gift

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Table of Contents

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Paola St Georges, and other authors and

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FEATURES

3 Bilingualism: A Hot Skill For Job Seekers

6 Be Willing To Be Uncomfortable

12 The Gift of Expressing Myself in

Both Languages

18 IDÉLLO and Canadian Parents for French Celebrate

French as a Second Language Teachers

REGULAR ARTICLES

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

Tout pour la musique

This issue of CPF Magazine is printed

on 70lb Endurance Silk, using vegetable

based inks. The paper is FSC certified by the

Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®), meaning

it comes from well-managed forests and

known sources, ensuring local communities

benefit and sensitive areas are protected.

Canadian Parents for French is a nationwide, research-informed, volunteer organization

that promotes and creates opportunities to learn and use French for all those who

call Canada home.


PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

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

changed quickly.

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

DERREK BENTLEY

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!

continued >>

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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.

1

What

advice would

you give students who

want to leverage their

bilingualism?

2

What

resources

are available to

students?

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

get started?

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

interconnected world...

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

FRENCH IMMERSION

at uOttawa

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

university studies

• An extra $1,000 per year for studying bilingually

• An authentic bilingual environment in Canada’s capital

immersion@uOttawa.ca

www.immersion.uOttawa.ca

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

UNCOMFORTABLE

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

Queen’s University!

“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

high school.

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,”

says Maya.

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,”

says Maya.

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

without hesitation!

CPF Ontario thanks Maya for

sharing her story with us. We applaud

her courage, her leadership, and

her enthusiasm about her path to

bilingualism.

We wish her all the best in the next

chapter of her life, the journey she will

be starting this September at Queen’s

University. n

“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!

CPF MAGAZINE SPRING 2021 7


CPF NEWS

Breathing New Life

into CPF’s Website

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CPF NEWS

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

you: pstgeorges@cpf.ca

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

and advocates,

> developments in research

and more!

An event calendar featuring activities led

by Chapters, Branches and National Office

across Canada.

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

across Canada.

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

information, tools

and inspiration at

YOUR fingertips.

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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

CPF EVENTS

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.

www.newyorkfed.org/medialibrary/media/research/staff_reports/sr587.pdf

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

since 2006.

www.teachinfrench.ca

www.takeyourcareerfurther.ca

Take Your Career Further

as a French Teacher in

Nova Scotia

@TakeUFurther

takeyourcareerfurther

@TakeYourCareerFurther

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The Gift of

Expressing Myself

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.

https://www.noslangues-ourlanguages.gc.ca/en/blogue-blog/deux-langues-un-cadeau-both-languages-a-gift-eng

I

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

changed everything

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

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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

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completely different way. As a

songwriter, you get a feeling

of freedom from being able

to sing in both languages.

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CPF RESOURCE

NETWORK STRATEGIC PLAN

2020-2025

Stronger

Together.

Impact Numbers

80,700+

young people reached

23,500+

CPF members

14,000+

Parents reached

1,925+

Active CPF Volunteers

Stronger Together:

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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CPF RESOURCE

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

National finals.

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.

Chapter Fundraising

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/

benefits-for-cpf-chapters/

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Advocacy-Oriented

Research Brief

CPF RESOURCE

Advocacy – Advocating for Universal Access to Programs

Logging in

to Learn!

Se brancher

pour apprendre!

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

https://cpf.ca/en/category/advocacy-oriented-research-briefs

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.

Register

For more information, contact Marcos Salaiza at msalaiza@cpf.ca

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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IDÉLLO

and Canadian Parents

for French Celebrate

French as a Second

Language Teachers

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

educational activities.

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

educational resources

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

learning French.

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!

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

info@edu-inter.net

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students,

To

& parents

school

personnel...

your

honouring

during

resilience

these

challenging

étudiants,

Aux

& parents

personnelles

d'école...

votre

honorant

persévérance

cette

durant

difficile.

période

KEY CPF CONTACTS ACROSS CANADA

National office

1104 - 170 Laurier Ave. W., Ottawa, ON K1P 5V5

T: 613.235.1481

cpf@cpf.ca cpf.ca

Quebec office & Nunavut support

P.O. Box 393 Westmount, Westmount, QC H3Z 2T5

infoqcnu@cpf.ca qc.cpf.ca

British Columbia & Yukon

227-1555 W 7th Ave., Vancouver, BC V6J 1S1

T: 778.329.9115 TF: 1.800.665.1222 (in BC & Yukon only)

info@cpf.bc.ca bc-yk.cpf.ca

Alberta

211-15120 104 Ave. NW, Edmonton, AB T5P 0R5

T: 780.433.7311

cpfab@ab.cpf.ca

ab.cpf.ca

Northwest Territories

PO Box 1538, Yellowknife, NT X1A 2P2

cpf-nwt@northwestel.net nwt.cpf.ca

Saskatchewan

303-115 2nd Ave. N., Saskatoon, SK S7K 2B1

T: 306.244.6151 TF: 1.800.561.6151 (in Saskatchewan only)

cpfsask@sasktel.net sk.cpf.ca

Manitoba

101-475 Provencher Blvd., Winnipeg, MB R2J 4A7

T: 204.222.6537 TF: 1.877.737.7036 (in Manitoba only)

cpfmb@cpfmb.com mb.cpf.ca

Ontario

103-2055 Dundas St. E., Mississauga, ON L4X 1M2

T: 905.366.1012 TF: 1.800.667.0594 (in Ontario only)

info@on.cpf.ca on.cpf.ca

New Brunswick

PO Box 4462, Sussex, NB E4E 5L6

T: 506.434.8052 TF: 1.877.273.2800 (in New Brunswick only)

cpfnb@cpfnb.net nb.cpf.ca

Nova Scotia

8 Flamingo Dr., Halifax, NS B3M 4N8

T: 902.453.2048 TF: 1.877.273.5233 (in Nova Scotia only)

cpf@ns.sympatico.ca ns.cpf.ca

Prince Edward Island

PO Box 2785, Charlottetown, PE CIA 8C4

T: 902.368.3703 ed@cpfpei.pe.ca pei.cpf.ca

Newfoundland & Labrador

PO Box 8601, Stn A, St. John’s, NL A1B 3P2

T: 709.579.1776 ed@cpfnl.ca nl.cpf.ca

TF: 1.877.576.1776 (in Newfoundland & Labrador only)

times.

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The method that decodes the language.

read.

write.

speak

understand

lire.

écrire.

parler

comprendre

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