OTTAWA, ON – On May 19, 2016 Canadian Parents for French is honored to be recognized as the recipient of the Commissioner of Official Languages eighth annual Award for Excellence in the Promotion of Linguistic Duality.

In delivering his tenth and final annual report, Graham Fraser, announced the award acknowledging the work of organizations or individuals who have committed to the contribution, development and promotion of linguistic duality at home and abroad. The announcement, available in the 2015-2016 annual report of the Commissioner of Official Languages, says of the organization:

The Commissioner congratulates Canadian Parents for French for its exceptional work in the area of research and promotion, for providing opportunities for young Canadians to learn French in school and communities and supporting their sometimes unilingual parents, and for respecting French as an integral part of Canada

It is with great appreciation that Canadian Parents for French thanks the Commissioner of Official Languages in recognizing the daily efforts of the organization’s members, staff and volunteers who’ve made, and continue to make, French second language learning opportunities a priority in the lives of students across the country. Canadian Parents for French is proud of its longtime partnership with the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages, both at the national level and in each of its regions.

Jane Keith, CPF National President, praised Fraser for his wholehearted support for access to quality French immersion and French-second-language programs for all Canadian youth in our schools.

It with the utmost respect and gratitude that we thank Commissioner Fraser for his relentless support and solid leadership in bringing forward issues, helping to dispel myths, building bridges and removing barriers to second language education opportunities across Canada. This vote of confidence inspires us to continue onward in fulfilling our organization’s mandate which champions the opportunity to learn and use French for all those who call Canada home. We look forward to continuing our important work with Mr. Fraser’s successor in the years to come.

Canadian Parents for French 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.

Maryanne Bright, Communications and Marketing Officer
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