Join us for our AGM, June 8 at Handsworth!

Have you ever wondered where you can get resources to help your French Immersion child/children? Do you have ideas for school activities relating to French learning but perhaps you are not sure who to talk to? Then you should join Canadian Parents for French. Our CPF North Vancouver chapter needs your input!

Whether you are looking for resources to assist your child, or just want to be more involved in the French Immersion community, join us at our upcoming AGM this June 8th to find out more about CPF and meet other parents like you! You will find a welcoming community, a network of support and place to share ideas and to give back to the community.

DATE: Thursday, June 8, 2017
TIME: 7:00PM
PLACE: École Handsworth, 1044 Edgewood Rd, North Vancouver Map


North Vancouver School District students win top awards at Provincial French Public-Speaking Competition!

10,000 students from across British Columbia competed, 264 made the provincial finals, and 8 students from North Vancouver took home top awards in this year’s pan-provincial French public-speaking competition, Concours d’art oratoire, Saturday, May 6th at SFU Surrey.

Click link below for list of North Vancouver winners and their photos:

“Through participation in Concours, students develop confidence and improve their French but as well their skills in time management, listening and critical thinking. Ultimately they become more effective as communicators, capable of inspiring others,” said Diane Tijman, President of Canadian Parents for French – BC & Yukon. “We are so proud of all our Concours participants. Bravo à vous tous et toutes pour votre belle participation!” she added.

Bonne chance to Matthew Wilson who will be going on to represent BC in the upcoming National Concours d’art oratoire competition for senior secondary students in Ottawa-Gatineau, Saturday June 3rd, 2017!

Find out more about Concours d’art oratoire here:


Concours d’art oratoire 2017

On April 11, 2017, North Vancouver students took to the podium to demonstrate their French language skills as part of the annual Concours d’art oratoire, hosted by the North Vancouver School District and the North Vancouver chapter of Canadian Parents for French. Every year, students from throughout the school district take part in this well recognized French public speaking competition. Students hone their oral French and public speaking skills to compete first at the school level and then, for the winners from the schools, at the district finals. District level winners will then earn a spot to compete at provincials (May 6, 2017 in Surrey, BC). Secondary level students who win top spots at Provincials will travel to the national capital area to compete for scholarships and other prizes in the CPF’s National Concours competition on June 3 in Gatineau, Quebec.

2017 North Vancouver School District finalists:
The complete list of finalists who moved onto Provincials can be found here.

Félicitations to all the competitors and un grand merci to all the parents, NVSD teachers, CPF volunteers and sponsors who help make Concours a very special event every year!

“Carnaval” at École Braemar Elementary School, February 6, 2017

In 2015, École Braemar hosted its very own “French-style Winter Carnaval.” It was the first large-scale French event on the North Shore to include both French Immersion and English students.


For its third year running, the entire school (487 students) came together on Monday, February 6, 2017 to celebrate bilingualism, learn about French Canadian culture, the rich history of the Québec Winter “Carnaval,” and to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.

On the days leading up to the event, students prepared by learning French songs and practicing French words broadcast over the school PA system each morning. Activities on the actual day of the “Carnaval” included themed crafts, French bingo, singing, ice sculpting by Ice Décor, and even a flash mob inspired by Rendez-vous de la Francophonie’s contest that demonstrated love and passion for the Canadian Francophonie!

Plus, for this year, the “Bonhomme” mascot, as well as Christ Atkinson – Assistant Superintendent, NVSD, Lucas King – VP, Mountainside Secondary, Cst. Anthony Cameron – Liaison Officer, RCMP, Deneka Michaud – Communications Manager, NVSD attended our event to help us celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday.

Merci à tous et à toutes!

This event also tied in with French Immersion Celebration Week 2017:
“Once again in 2017, to celebrate our volunteers and the successes of French Immersion in BC & Yukon, Canadian Parents for French BC & Yukon is pleased to announce that the week of January 30 – February 5, 2017, will officially be recognized as French Immersion Celebration Week by both the Government of British Columbia and the Government of Yukon.”
— Canadian Parents for French, BC & Yukon Chapter
Read full news release here.

CPF North Van raises a toast to French Immersion Celebration Week 2017


On February 2nd, 2017, at its monthly chapter meeting, held at École Argyle Secondary, the CPF North Vancouver chapter raised a toast to its successes over the past year, and looked forward to upcoming events in its 2016-2017 calendar:

  • February 17, 2017: “French Immersion Survival Night” at École Cleveland
  • February 17, 2017: French Film Night at École Dorothy Lynas
  • February 23, 2017: French Film Festival at Esplanade Cinemas
  • March 2, 2017: “Staying in French” information evening at École Ross Road
  • April 11 & 12, 2017:  District Concours d’art oratoire competition at NVSD’s Education Services Centre

Details about all of these events to follow!


Merci, CPF British Columbia & Yukon Branch!

Each February, CPF BC & Yukon reimburses chapters up to $100 for appreciation activities hosted for its volunteers. This year, CPF North Vancouver used this thoughtful bursary to purchase delicious French pastries from the renowned Thierry Patisserie including macarons, madeleines & financiers. These tasty and beautiful creations, along with some non-alchoholic bubbly, were enjoyed by our deserving volunteer chapter reps who commit many hours of their own time organizing events in North Vancouver and sharing info about CPF and French-language learning. Bravo, CPF North Vancouver!

About French Immersion Celebration Week

To celebrate its volunteers and the successes of French Immersion in BC & Yukon, Canadian Parents for French BC & Yukon announced that the week of January 30 – February 5, 2017, is officially recognized as French Immersion Celebration Week by both the Government of British Columbia and the Government of Yukon. During this week (and month!) of celebration, CPF members organize events across the province to celebrate and share their achievements in French Immersion programs.

French Immersion Celebration Week links: