Valerie’s passion for French language teaching and learning is driven by a belief that real world connections and intercultural awareness are contributors to the personal growth of young people. During her career, Valerie has been inspired by decades of students in French immersion, core French and International Studies programs. She has worked with French language learners in urban settings and in virtual environments that serve rural communities, working extensively with on line platforms and web applications to develop and deliver French curriculum to students in remote settings. She is currently active in French language initiatives led by the NL Department of Education and Memorial University, with a focus on the DELF examination. She is an accredited examinateur-correcteur for DELF exams for Levels A1 to B2 and is involved in DELF testing at secondary and post-secondary levels.
Collaboration is a pillar that guides Valerie’s work and interests. She has joined with numerous stakeholders to implement experiential learning programs for students in international settings, specifically Cuba and Russia. She believes that all young people must be supported as emerging global citizens and that language learning is a key to their development and their future opportunities.
Her involvement with Canadian Parents for French began almost 2 decades ago through the initial NL Branch Concours and, as a French teacher who believes strongly in the value of this experience for young people, she continues to volunteer at school, chapter and branch Concours events. Valerie was first elected to the national board of CPF in 2013 and is the current Treasurer and Co-chair of the Strategic Planning Committee. She has also served as a member of the Nominations Committee. She has a strong interest in not-for-profit governance and has participated in numerous NFP governance programs offered by the Institute of Corporate Directors in collaboration with the Rotman School of Management and the Gardiner Centre of Memorial University.
Valerie is the current Chair of Young Adult Cancer Canada, a Director of la Fondation Michaëlle Jean and is a Past President of the Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers (CASLT). She is a recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, a Rotary Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal, and the inaugural Canadian Parents for French award for immersion teaching in Newfoundland and Labrador.
- Career in FSL teaching and curriculum development. FSL program and teacher advocate for 30+ years.
- Ten years of design and delivery of programs using interactive technologies and virtual platforms to enable FSL programs for schools and students where numbers put programs at risk.
- Twenty years of NFP governance experience with new and establised board of local and national associations. A focus on building relationships, enabling collaboration, validating contributions and strengthening organizations. Completion of Institute of Corporate Directors certificate programs.
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