In May every year, Canadian Parents for French BC & Yukon Branch hosts their signature event, the Provincial Concours d’art oratoire. This French public speaking competition offers hundreds of prizes to participants: university scholarships, trips to Ottawa, books, medals, merchandise, bursaries and more.
This year, more than 10,000 students in grades 6 through 12 participated in the Concours in communities throughout BC, almost 300 students participated in the Provincial Concours, and 4 students competed in the National Concours in Ottawa.
2013 marks the 30th anniversary of Concours! It is an event teachers and parents have been organizing for 30 years and for many students, it is now part of the curriculum.
CPF is the national network of volunteers which values French as an integral part of Canada and which is dedicated to the promotion and creation of French-second-language learning opportunities for young Canadians. To learn more, or become a member, visit our website: cpf.bc.ca
Before the finalists of CPF BC&YK's “Jeunes Artistes” bilingual performing arts competition took to the stage, members of the audience in the Children’s Tent at Festival du Bois in Coquitlam, BC were treated to this lovely rendition of Jean Leloup’s hit song by Maryse Bernard and Solomon Krause-Imlach of bands Seaborne and Spectregates. With its bilingual lyrics, the song was a fitting choice for Jeunes Artistes’ celebration of bilingualism! Maryse is also one of the French Immersion grads profiled in CPF BC & Yukon’s “Where Are They Now” project: learn more about her bilingual journey here: http://bc-yk.cpf.ca/maryse-bernard/