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CANADIAN PARENTS FOR FRENCH CELEBRATES FRENCH LANGUAGE CHAMPION AT CPF NETWORK CONFERENCE

CPF Nova Scotia recognizes Nancy Belliveau for her exceptional work in French Second Language Education

Halifax, Nova Scotia (October 26, 2018) –   The Canadian Parents for French (CPF) Network Conference took place in Halifax from October 18-21.  CPF Nova Scotia took time to recognize the outstanding achievement of Nancy Belliveau, who was presented the 2018 Nova Scotia FSL Champion award.

CPF delegates from across the county enjoyed a reception at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21on October 18. Sackville-Preston-Chezzetcook MP Darrell Samson delivered greetings to the group from Minister Mélanie Jolie at Canadian Heritage.  Following M. Samson’s speech, President Anthony Orlando presented the 2018 French Second Language Champion award to Nancy Belliveau.

Nancy Belliveau started her journey in French in 1983 when she took the immersion program at Université Sainte-Anne.  She graduated with a B.Ed  specializing in teaching French Second Language from Université Sainte-Anne; then a Masters in French from Sainte-Anne and one in English from Acadia University.

Mme. Belliveau was a teacher with the AVRSB for 14 years as well as a consultant in pedagogy for an additional 10 years.  She has taught French Second Language methodology for teachers every summer, except two, at Sainte-Anne since 1994.  Mme Belliveau also taught French Second Language methodology courses at Acadia University for close to the same length of time.

Mme. Belliveau is passionate about French and training teachers to teach French Second Language.  She credits falling in love with her Francophone husband as the reason that her household and family are truly bilingual.

The French Second Language Champion Award was established in 2016.  Recipients to date have been Patricia Holland, founding Director of CPF Nova Scotia and Greta Murtagh, retired HRSB French consultant.

The CPF Network Conference reception wrapped up with CPF delegates and guests playing an enthusiastic game of Face aux Questions with volunteers, Laurie Bolland and Florence Roach from the Annapolis Valley Regional Centre for Education.  The CPF Network Conference was last held in Halifax in 1990.

Felicitations to Mme. Nancy Belliveau!

BLUENOSE ACADEMY TEACHER MAKES FRENCH FUN FOR STUDENTS

SOUTH SHORE REGIONAL CENTRE FOR EDUCATION TEACHER WINS FRENCH SECOND LANGUAGE EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD 2018

Halifax, Nova Scotia (October 30, 2018) Canadian Parents for French, Nova Scotia was delighted to honour Jason Belliveau Wood at their 41st Annual General Meeting on October 20. Jason Belliveau Wood is in his tenth year as a French second language teacher.  He is presently teaching at Bluenose Academy in the South Shore Regional Centre for Education (SSRCE).

The CPF Nova Scotia French Second Language Educator of the Year Award recognizes French second language (FSL) educators in the province, celebrates their dedication and continued efforts as educators. This award acknowledges excellence in French second language teaching, and teachers’ initiative and innovation.

As a second language learner in an anglophone community, Jason Belliveau Wood can relate to the struggles that come with learning a new language. While a student at Bridgetown Regional High School, he was surrounded by excellent French second language teachers such as Tony Orlando, Meredith Burton, and Glen Melanson, who took a genuine interest in his progress, both in the classroom and in the community. Getting to know his students and encouraging them to seek out opportunities to speak French has been an important step in reinforcing his French second language lessons.

After high school, Jason Belliveau Wood went on to study in the immersion program at Université Sainte-Anne and later complete his M.Ed. (FSL Instruction). It was in this truly immersive environment that his love and appreciation of the French language and cultures began to take shape. He will always be grateful for the Acadian people, the community of French second language learners, and professors such as Nicole Muise, Stéphanie St-Pierre and Clint Bruce. Jason Belliveau Wood take his classes to Université Sainte-Anne each year to participate in a mini immersion camp. He considers it a privilege to share the Sainte-Anne experience with them.  His students look forward to the Sainte-Anne trip and remember fondly years later.

Jason Belliveau Wood strives to create a learning environment where students can feel comfortable speaking, listening, and writing in their second language, understanding that making mistakes is a part of the process. Embracing the Neurolinguistic approach to second language learning, M. Belliveau Wood encourages his students to be active participants in the classroom. Always looking for different ways to make learning fun, he adapts his lessons to incorporate students’ interests, integrating current technology, using visuals and gestures, and even telling a few ‘dad jokes’. Over the past six years, teaching in the SSRCE, Jason has been fortunate to work with capable and enthusiastic mentors; Gaston Comeau, Mary Chisholm, and Paige Ferguson.

In Jason Belliveau Wood’s “free” time, he and his wife are raising 3 children in Lunenburg. It was also at Université Sainte-Anne where Jason Belliveau Wood met his wife, Jackie, who has been an unwavering source of support and encouragement over the past 17 years of educational and professional pursuits.

Félicitations to M B-Dubs!

Date: 2012-06-05

NOVA SCOTIA STUDENT WINS $20,000 GRAND PRIZE AT CANADIAN PARENTS FOR FRENCH PUBLIC SPEAKING CONTEST

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NOVA SCOTIA STUDENT WINS $20,000 GRAND PRIZE AT CANADIAN PARENTS FOR FRENCH PUBLIC SPEAKING CONTEST

Grade 12 Student at Sir John A MacDonald High Wins $20,000 Scholarship to University of Ottawa

(HALIFAX, Nova Scotia) —Canadian Parents for French – Nova Scotia (CPF-NS) would like to congratulate Olivia Dorey, a grand-prize winner at the tenth annual edition of the Canadian Parents for French National Concours d’art oratoire, which was held at the University of Ottawa on May 26th, 2012. Olivia is an Early Immersion student at Sir John A MacDonald High School. She also attended Hammonds Plains Consolidated and Madeline Symonds Middle School. Her goal is to study law after completing her first degree. She plans to study conflict and human rights in French at the University of Ottawa.

Two other winners from Nova Scotia were Ghislain d’Entremont, a student at École du Carrefour who won third place for the Francophone category and Tzu-Wei Tseng of Halifax West High school who won third in Integrated French.

Five students advanced from the CPF-NS provincial Concours d’art oratoire; Tzu-Wei Tseng from Halifax West High School (HRBS), Sarah Watters from Northumberland Regional High (CCRSB), Olivia Dorey from Sir John A MacDonald High (HRSB), Kathryn LeBlanc from the Sacred Heart School of Halifax and Ghislain d’Entremont from École du Carrefour. This year’s competition welcomed 34 finalists from across Canada to the Nation’s capital for the competition and some sightseeing.

The Canadian Parents for French Concours d’art oratoire is a public-speaking contest held in partnership with the University of Ottawa. This nationwide competition offers offer $170,000 in scholarships to the university. Grand prize winners in five categories—based on level of proficiency with French—each take home an offer for a $20,000 scholarship. All competitors receive a $2,000 entrance scholarship, and a $5,000 scholarship is awarded to each of the five second-place winners.

“The runaway success of the Concours program, now in its tenth year and still growing, is proof that Canadian students want to be bilingual,” says CPF president Lisa Marie Perkins. “And why wouldn’t they? Bilingualism will open cultural and professional doors to them, enrich their minds, and graduate them to full citizens of both Canada and the world. Young people are smart, and know a good thing when they see it.”

 

 

ÉLÈVE DE NOUVELLE-ECOSSE GAGNE UN PRIZ NATIONAL DE $20 000 AU CONCOURS D’ART ORATOIRE DE CANADIAN PARENTS FOR FRENCH

Élève de 12e année à Sir John A MacDonald gagne le grand prix de l`Université d`Ottawa

HALIFAX, Nouvelle-Écosse : Canadian Parents for French - Nouvelle-Écosse (CPF-NS) félicite Olivia Dorey, la gagnante première au 10e Concours d`art oratoire nationaux de Canadian Parents for French à l`Université d`Ottawa le 26 mai 2012. Olivia est une élève en Immersion Précoce à Sir John A MacDonald High School. Elle a aussi assisté à Hammonds Plains Consolidated et à Madeline Symonds Middle School. Son but professionnel est de poursuivre ses études en droit après avoir reçu un Baccalauréat. Elle étudiera des conflits et droits humaines, en français, à l’Université d’Ottawa.

Deux autres gagnants de la Nouvelle-Écosse sont Ghislain d’Entremont, un élève à l’école du Carrefour est à la troisième place pour la catégorie francophone, et Tzu-Wei Tseng de Halifax West High School qui est à la troisième place pour la catégorie du Français intégré.

Les cinq élèves qui ont avancé du CPF-NS Concours d`art oratoire provinciaux inclus Tzu-Wei Tseng de Halifax West High School (HRBS), Sarah Watters de Northumberland Regional High (CCRSB), Olivia Dorey de Sir John A MacDonald High (HRSB), Kathryn LeBlanc de Sacred Heart School of Halifax, et Ghislain d’Entremont de l’École du Carrefour. Cette année il y avait 34 élèves d`école secondaire à Ottawa pour le concours aussi bien que pour un peu de tourisme.

Le Concours d`art oratoire de Canadian Parents for French, qui était organisé conjointement avec l`Université d`Ottawa, est un événement du niveau national dont les concurrents sont gagnants du niveau provincial ou territorial. Ce concours national fait en sorte que l’Université d’Ottawa peut offrir plus de 170,000$ en bourses aux futurs élèves. L`Université d`Ottawa a offert généreusement, une bourse de $20 000 pour l`université même, aux vainqueurs des premiers prix des cinq catégories—selon le niveau de français. En plus de ces bourses, tous les concurrents reçoivent une bourse d`entrée de $2 000, aussi, pour la première fois l`université offre une bourse de $5 000 aux cinq gagnants du 2e place.

« Le succès de ce programme, maintenant dans sa 10e année et il devient de plus en plus important, nous donne la preuve que les élèves canadiens ont envie de devenir bilingue, » dit Lisa Marie Perkins, le président du CPF. « Et pourquoi pas? Le bilinguisme leur donne l’occasion d’ouvrir les portes professionnelles et culturelles, d’enrichir leurs esprits, de les faire citoyens officiels du Canada et du monde. Les jeunes sont intelligents, et ils reconnaissent une bonne occasion lorsqu’ils la voient. »

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