Thursday, May 30, 2013

MLA Sharon Blady gives Private Member's Statement on Concours d'art oratoire

On May 29th, Sharon Blady, MLA for Kirkfield Park, delivered a Private Member’s Statement which acknowledged the value of the CPF French speaking competition Concours d’art oratoire. Ms. Blady congratulated all 2013 Concours participants and thanked CPF-MB for its hard work in ensuring that young people in Manitoba have every opportunity to develop their French language skills. CPF-MB staff attended the Question Period of the Legislative Assembly and were then presented with a framed copy of the statement.

Sharon Blady and CPF-MB Staff

L to R: Raïssa Bado, Sharon Blady - MLA Kirkfield Park, Catherine Davies, Executive Director, CPF-MB, Janet Steinthorson, Stephanie Verbong and Camille Pabalan

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Cultural Tour 2013

Canadian Parents for French - Manitoba is proud to announce that Juno award winning artist Gérald Laroche will be facilitating our 2013 Cultural Tour! Dates are still available for the Winnipeg/Rural portion of the tour. This full day event consists of two 45-minute workshops for Immersion students in Grades 4-6 in the morning (9:30am - 11:00am), and one 60-minute performance in the afternoon for Basic French and Immersion students in Grades K-6 (1:00pm - 2:00pm). The workshops have a maximum of 25 students per session, and the performance can hold up to 200 students.

Workshops and performance will take place at the school and require 1 classroom (workshops) and the gymnasium or auditorium for the performance. Cost is $400 for AMO (Associate Member) schools, and $460 for non-AMO schools which includes a 1 year AMO membership to Canadian Parents for French.

For more information or to schedule your Cultural Tour date, please contact Stephanie at or 204-233-6403.

Cultural Tour Poster - Winnipeg and Rural

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Swan River celebrates 30 years of French Immersion

Canadian Parents for French - Manitoba would like to extend its congratulations to the community of Swan River on their recent milestone celebration of 30 years of French Immersion! Félicitations!! A celebration was held on May 16, 2013 at École Swan River South School and included student performances, speeches from teachers and administrators both past and present, as well as messages from Canadian Parents for French. To read a full recap of the evening's events, please visit


If your community is celebrating a milestone anniversary of French Immersion, Canadian Parents for French - Manitoba wants to hear about it! We would be happy to have someone attend your event and/or provide door prizes to give away. Please contact, or contact the CPF-MB office at 204-222-6537.


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Tuesday, May 07, 2013

30th annual Concours d'art oratoire - Provincial Finals

Concours d'art oratoire logo

2013 marked Canadian Parents for French – Manitoba’s 30th annual Concours d’art oratoire provincial finals competition. Concours d’art oratoire is a French public speaking competition open to students in Grades 3 to 12 and includes the categories of Early Immersion, Late Immersion, Core French, Core Extended French, Français and Impromptu.

An estimated 8,000 students participated at the classroom, school, and school division levels of competition during the last few months. Over 120 provincial finalists from Grades 3 -12 competed for 17monetary prizes in 25 categories on Saturday.

Other prizes included $1,000 scholarships to USB for students placing 1st in the Grade 11/12 categories, $200 and a plaque from Société franco-manitobaine (SFM) to the winner of the Grade 11/12 Impromptu category, and a $25 Keener membership from Conseil jeunesse provincial (CJP) to the 1st place winners in all Grade 9-12 categories. The winners of the Grade 11/12 categories will represent Manitoba at the CPF National Finals in Ottawa on May 25, 2013.

"French second language education in our province continues to excel and increase in popularity. For example, and of note, is that enrolment in French Immersion is now the highest in the history of the program," said Catherine Davies, Executive Director of Canadian Parents for French - Manitoba.

"This is the 30th year of Concours d’art oratoire in Manitoba, and the 8,000 Manitoban participants demonstrate that students continue to embrace this opportunity to showcase their public speaking skills en français,” concluded Catherine Davies.

Morning and afternoon awards ceremonies were attended by federal and provincial government elected officials, as well as representatives from partner organizations including the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages, USB, SFM, AMDI (Association manitobaine des directrices et directeurs d’immersion française), and EFM (Éducatrices et éducateurs francophones du Manitoba).


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