On April 11, 2017 Canadian Parents for French held its 2nd French second language Awareness Breakfast on the Hill highlighting the excellence of bilingual youth across the country as well as to celebrate #Canada150.
The event, hosted by the Honorable Andrew Leslie, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Greg Fergus, Member of Parliament for Hull-Aylmer, brought together over 80 guests including key stakeholders from the Government of Canada, the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages, corporations such as Air Canada as well as CPF partners, members and most importantly FSL youth advocates. Special thanks to Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, and Randy Boissonnault, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister on LGBTQ2 Issues for their address to attendees as well as their ongoing support of French as a second language education.
As guests remarked upon the importance of bilingualism in Canada, the event also provided the opportunity to showcase Canadian Parents for French’s ongoing commitment to the advancement of FSL education through projects such as French for Life outreach campaign and Where Are They Now? video series.
The occasion, which celebrated the much accomplished success of bilingualism to date, is also a reminder of the necessity for quality French as a second language programming in promoting linguistic duality as a benefit, not only for Canada’s youth, but for the growth and solidarity of our nation from coast to coast to coast.
As a volunteer driven organization that champions for increased access and equity to French second language learning opportunities, we thank those who advocate for the recognized importance and benefits of bilingualism for all those who call Canada home.