Monday, June 03, 2013

CPF-MB's new website

Canadian Parents for French -Manitoba has a new website! At the beginning of April 2013, Canadian Parents for French National rolled out new websites for each branch office in order to better help brand the organization nationally.

While will continue to be maintained for the next little while, we encourage you to take a look at our new website for all the latest news and happenings at CPF-MB:

Happy surfing!

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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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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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Monday, April 08, 2013

Festival JAM a success!


After many months of planning and promotion, Canadian Parents for French – Manitoba, along with 100NONS and l’Université de Saint-Boniface (USB) were proud to present the 2nd edition of le Festival jeune artiste du Manitoba (Festival JAM) April 6 and 7, 2013 at USB! This exciting Manitoban Idol style event was organized to give youth in grades 6 to 12 currently enrolled in Basic French or the Immersion program the opportunity to take their French outside of the classroom and use it in a completely different environment.

Judges Renée Lamoureux (Keith and Renée), Jocelyne Baribeau (Madame Diva) and David Grenon (Francossins, Jetstream) had a difficult weekend ahead of them which was full of talented participants. Auditions started Saturday, April 6, where the judges were able to name the top 8 finalists who would move on to the finals on Sunday. Not only did those 8 finalists move on to Sunday’s performance, they were also able to participate in a one hour vocal workshop with Nadia Gaudet, a professional singer and vocal coach, to help them give their best performance the next day.

Sunday began with individual 30 minute rehearsal sessions for the finalists to practice with a live band accompanying them. The band was made up of Darren Savard, Joel Couture, Marc Arnould and Daniel Roy. It immediately became clear that everyone who was attending the finals would be in for a spectacular performance from each finalist that afternoon. Each of the finalists were very excited to showcase their talent as well, and that sentiment ran throughout the entire afternoon. Backstage after each performance, finalists congratulated each other on a job well done with high fives all around.

CPF-MB, 100NONS and USB would like to congratulate everyone who registered to participate in this exciting event as it takes a lot of courage to be confident enough to get up and sing in a different language in front of not only judges, but over 200 spectators who attended on Sunday. Also, a special congratulations goes out to our winners:

-          Erika Fowler, 3rd place winner ($250 prize and Festival JAM plaque)

-          Amber Landry, 2nd place winner ($500 prize and Festival JAM plaque)

-          Nolan De Leon, 1st place winner and new Jeune artiste du Manitoba ($1000 prize and Festival JAM trophy. Nolan also took home the $200 prize for crowd favourite!)


To read the write up that appeared in La Liberté, please follow the link below:

To view Nolan's encore performance, please follow this link:


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Monday, March 25, 2013

Festival jeune artiste du Manitoba

Just a reminder that this is the last week to submit your registration form or video audition for Festival jeune artiste du Manitoba! If you need a registration form, please contact

Festival JAM has it all: auditions, judges, a live band to back participants up at the finals, glitz, glam AND cash prizes! The participant named Jeune artiste du Manitoba will receive $1000 and the opportunity to professionally record the song they've competed with, 2nd place will receive $500 and 3rd place will receive $250! You are also invited to come take in the live finals on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at l'Université de Saint-Boniface and cheer on all of our finalists.

Don't miss this exciting opportunity to take YOUR French outside of the classroom and into the spotlight!

Festival jeune artiste du Manitoba Logo

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Friday, January 04, 2013

Certificates of Merit 2013



*CPF-MB Certificates of Merit for

French Immersion and Basic (Core) French

Currently in Manitoba, there are many students, who do not have equitable access to FSL programming.  Consequently, many French Immersion students are not able to acquire the required number of credits to graduate from high school with a French Immersion Diploma.  Also, many Basic (Core) French students find that French is not offered as an option, or it conflicts with other subjects such as music and other languages; this is particularly so in the senior grades. 

In spite of the challenges, there are still many students who make concerted efforts to continue their studies in French.  The CPF-MB Certificates of Merit for French Immersion and Basic (Core) French will serve to appreciate the endeavours of these very motivated students, by providing evidence that addresses the need to acknowledge the achievements of the following groups:

  • High school graduates with more than 7 but less than 14 French Immersion credits.
  • High school graduates who have continued their Basic (Core) French studies through Grades 11/12.

Personalized CPF-MB Certificates of Merit (en français and hard copy only) will be printed and mailed to Grade 12 graduates as requested, or to schools prior to graduation, and upon provision of:

·         The name of the student(s).

·         The home address and telephone number of the student(s)

·         The name of the school from which the student(s) will graduate.

·         The date the student(s) will graduate.

·         Evidence of the achievement of the student(s) i.e. documentation signed by the respective school Principal(s) confirming the acquisition of more than 7 but less than 14 French Immersion credits, or completion of Grade 11/12 Basic (Core) French.

This initiative will recognize those Manitoban students who persevere with their French studies. The certificates earned will be a tangible acquisition to student portfolios and also a source of pride.


To order personalized certificates, please contact

Janet via email at or call

1-204-222-6537 or 1-877-737-7036 (toll free)


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