Welcome, new CPF Chapter Representatives! We’re delighted that you’ve chosen to join fellow parents to support French learning opportunities in your communities and across British Columbia. This monthly Chapter Representative Update will keep you informed about our Branch activities and French language and cultural events.
This has been a busy month for many chapters as they re-group after summer vacation and begin planning for the school year. It has also been a very busy month for our office, as we prepare for the AGM, coordinate the upcoming Bilingualism Rocks! tour, and reach out to parents interested in French Second Language education.
An important note regarding our mailing list: currently, this Chapter Representative Update does not get distributed to all CPF members. Many chapter executives forward this message to their entire membership (which we encourage!), but we send it only to executive members and other active volunteers who have indicated they wish to receive it directly from our office. Usually, we send the CRU on “blind carbon copy”, but this time we have sent it separately to each chapter. Please take a moment to look at the message field and tell me if I should remove or add any names to your Chapter’s list of recipients.
I’ve had the pleasure of meeting with many of you in person and speaking with even more by phone or email. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch!
Chapter Support & Community Outreach
Our office will now be open weekdays from 8:30 PM to 4:30 PM. Individual staff members are available by phone or email at these hours:
Mon – Fri, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Systems and Office Manager
Mon – Thurs, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Friday: 7: 00 AM – 2:00 PM
Chapter Support & Outreach Officer
Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Wed: 9:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Tues & Thurs: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Membership Drive 2010
Our membership drive is on NOW, and will run to the end of October! This focused campaign is a great opportunity to meet new parents, find energetic volunteers, raise funds, and build support for French education in your communities.
A reminder – our office also offers fantastic prizes for the chapters that recruit the most members and for individual members who sign up or renew! Highlights include a FREE school performance by BC’s Théâtre la Seizième, a FREE week for the entire family at BC Family French Camp, and FREE Pacific National Exhibition (PNE) passes to Playland and to the Fair (four apiece) for the 2011 year. To learn about other prizes, useful recruitment strategies, top reasons to join CPF, and other great membership resources, please visit: http://cpf.bc.ca/site3/index.php/events/52-other-events/141-membership-drive
Remember, 80% of all membership fees are returned to directly to your chapter - the highest rate in Canada. Membership fee rebates will be remitted directly to your chapter’s bank account in early December. For more information on rebates, please contact Dimitry.
Please note that all membership applications must be submitted to the National office by November 15 to be processed as part of the membership drive.
If you have any comments or questions about the membership drive, please feel free to contact me directly. Good luck!
We are looking forward to connecting with many of you in person at our Branch AGM and the National Conference in Ottawa! The event will take place from October 14th -17th, and an itinerary is available online at: http://cpf.bc.ca/site3/index.php/events/51-annual-general-meeting/1133-annual-general-meeting-and-conference-2010
Our National office will be holding a silent auction and chapters are encouraged to contribute donations. If you have items to donate, please get in touch with Cathy Stone at the National Office at
or (613) 235-1481.
Our Branch has received many outstanding grant applications for events to encourage French language and culture. We will be approving funds in late October and contacting all applicants by email in early November.
Book BR! Now!
Bilingualism Rocks! (BR!) is back! Erika is currently booking schools for the Fall 2010 tour. This tour has been very popular in previous years, and is a fantastic opportunity to promote French in your schools with an entertaining and educational concert.
You can find details at: http://cpf.bc.ca/site3/index.php/events/75-bilingualism-rocks/1058-bilingualism-rocks-is-back-for-fall-2010
Please note that socio-cultural grant funding is available for Bilingualism Rocks! performances.
To book a performance, please contact Erika.
Post-secondary Information Night
What would it be like to get a bachelier ès arts instead of a B.A. without having to leave the country? Post-secondary institutions from across Canada, including Simon Fraser University (OAFF/OFFA), the University of Ottawa, the University of Victoria, the University of Alberta (Campus St-Jean) and Educacentre College have confirmed their participation at our second post-secondary information evening.
The evening will take place November 18, 2010 at SFU Surrey, room 5240. It will run from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, with doors opening at 6:30 PM.
Admission is free, but you must RSVP before Monday, November 15. To RSVP, please use our Facebook site or email me.
To RSVP on Facebook, please sign in and visit: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=139602806085904
Will Stroet on tour in BC
Vancouver children's musician and educator Will Stroet performs high-energy and interactive music in English and French for school-aged children. Will and The Backyard Band are available now for bookings and will be on tour throughout BC this fall. For more information about Will, visit www.willmusic.ca or watch music videos and live performances at www.youtube.com/willstroet.
Will releases a new English CD on November 21. He will be in Vancouver at Performance Works on Granville Island from 2-4 pm. To buy tickets, please email
Lower Mainland: Year-round
Okanagan: Oct. 20-25
Central BC/Northern BC: Available on/around Nov. 23-29
To book Will and The Backyard Band, contact Kim Thé at
or 604-727-4413. Rates are consistent with ArtStarts in Schools fees and range from $600-$800 + HST for a 45-minute show.
Visions Ouest Matinée
Visions Ouest Productions is organizing French film screenings on October 12th and 13th at SilverCity Coquitlam (170 Schoolhouse Street, Coquitlam). Two films are being shown: "Le Petit Nicholas" (suitable for 6th-12th grade students), and "Noemie le Secret" (suitable for kindergarten - 5th grade students).
Admission is only $5, but registrants must complete the attached form and return it by fax (604-876-6589) or email (
More information is available at: http://www.rendez-vousvancouver.com/.
Le Conseil Jeunesse Francophone de la Columbie Britannique publishes a newsletter, Ça Bouge!, which advertises a variety of events for French-speaking youth (attached, in French only). Details and registration forms for all events are available at www.cjfcb.com.
- French improv drama groups for students from grades 9-12 in Greater Vancouver and Victoria. Teams of 4-5 students will compete in local, provincial and national competitions. Registration is open until October 8th.
- Every three years, French-speaking youth between 14 and 18 from across Canada take part in athletic, artistic, and leadership competitions at Les Jeux de la francophonie canadienne (Canada’s francophone games). The next competition will take place in Sudbury, Ontario from July 20-24, 2011. To stay informed about dates for the B.C. try-outs, or to volunteer as a chaperone or coach, email
- Our province’s own francophone games, Les Jeux francophones de la Columbie-Britannique, will take place from May 20-23, 2011. Registration runs from March 7- April 15, 2011.
- A simulated francophone parliament will take place from January 13-16, 2011 in Victoria. Youth between 14-25 are invited to register before November 1, 2010.
- Youth over 15 years old are invited to register for the North and West Franco-Canadian parliament. This parliament will take place from November 11-14, 2010 in Whitehorse. Registration is open until October 11.
West Language Learning Conference
The 3rd Annual French West Language Learning Conference will take place Saturday, October 16, 2010, from 9:00 am - 5:30 pm, at SFU Vancouver. This language workshop is useful for beginner, intermediate and advanced French learners. Instructors will teach participants how to think in French, avoid word-for-word translation and improve their accent. It promises to be an exciting day of Aha! moments that parents can pass along to their children.
There is a discount for CPF members and early registrants! Seating will be limited. Conference details, including registration information, is available online at www.word-nerd.ca.
Learning in the Twitosphère
French teachers are invited to involve their students (aged 13-16 years) in a unique online learning experience. Students will practice French by communicating through Twitter and a special blog. More information is available on the attached flyer (French only).