Valerie is a French second language educator whose career and related work has been inspired by students in French immersion, core French and International Studies programs. Her involvement in FSL education has been rich and rewarding and includes her role as French Department Head with the Centre for Distance Learning and Innovation, working exclusively through virtual platforms to develop and deliver on line FSL courses to students in rural and remote communities. In traditional teaching settings, she collaborated with stakeholders to implement experiential learning programs in Cuba and Russia for Newfoundland and Labrador high school students. Valerie has served on multiple FSL provincial committees, has developed resources for provincial FSL programs and she has also worked outside the education profession with the National Parole Board of Canada. During the 2017 Winter Semester, she taught within the Faculty of Education of Memorial University and she is active with DELF sessions in Newfoundland and Labrador as an accredited examiner.
Within the CPF Network, Valerie currently serves as Treasurer of CPF National as well as Chair of CPF’s Public Policy Committee, committed to ensuring a broad Network perspective on public policy issues and to providing strategic guidance and direction to the National Board and the CPF Network. She was also Co-Chair of CPF’s Strengthening Our Network Committee, the focus of which was to enhance collaboration throughout the CPF Network. Her involvement with Canadian Parents for French began more than 20 years ago as a FSL classroom teacher and her local involvement continues as a volunteer with the Concours d’art oratoire.
Valerie is the current Chair of Young Adult Cancer Canada, a national Past-President of the Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers (2009-2011) and she was a Director of la Fondation Michaëlle Jean Foundation from 2010-2016. Her interest in governance best practices for the non-profit sector has directed her continuous learning of oversight for non-profit organizations through programs offered by the Institute of Corporate Directors through the Rotman School of Management and the Gardiner Centre of Memorial University. Her work with non-profit associations is guided by a desire to improve opportunities and experiences for young Canadians in the areas of second language education, health and the arts.
Valerie is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal, the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, a Rotary Award for Excellence in Teaching 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.
Contact Valerie Pike: firstname.lastname@example.org