|ANNUAL FRENCH FOR THE FUTURE CONFERENCE SET FOR WESTMOUNT HIGH SCHOOL ON APRIL 22|
MONTREAL, APRIL 11, 2016 —Westmount High School will be the site for the 2016 French for the Future Montreal Local Forum on Friday, April 22 (9 a.m.), which is also Earth Day.
Aimed at promoting bilingualism amongst Canadian youth, the theme of the annual French for The Future Conference is Respect, Culture and Integration into Québécois Society. Approximately 500 students from 10 Montreal high schools and three school boards will be present. Charismatic Montreal comedian Dorothy Rhau will serve as master of ceremonies. Native Canadian rapper, SAMIAN, nominated for “artiste de la paix” in 2016 will inspire the youth with his story and powerful bilingual lyrics, partly in French and partly in his native Algonquin language.
This year, we have added the theme of celebrating earth day and Jean-Philippe Hardy, director of engineering for energy efficiency experts Énergère will kick things off, generously providing awards for the Environmental VIDEO Challenge with submissions from students participating schools. Énergère is presently involved in a $24.6 million project with 17 English Montreal School Board facilities.
Rebecca Fiset-Côte, a rising star on the local music scene, will perform. The 17 year old recently made headlines on TVA’s hit show La Voix (The French-language version of The Voice). She appeared in nine episodes before millions of viewers, making it through the pre-auditions, the blind auditions (with three chairs that turned) the duels (where she was stolen by another coach) and finally to the March 13 "champs de bataille" where she churned out a passionate version of Francis Ghabril’s Je l'aime a mourir. The coaches had to decide between her and competitors Thomas Argouin or Alexander Brown. They opted for Brown.
The wide variety of programs allowing students to be immersed in the French language over the course of an entire day will undoubtedly allow them to feel proud of being bilingual, and also it will strengthen their connection to the Québécois culture that surrounds them on a daily basis. For more details log on to www.french-future.org.
Participating schools are: Westmount High School, Royal West Academy in Montreal West, John F. Kennedy High School in Villeray-Saint Michel from the English Montreal School Board (EMSB); Lakeside Academy in Lachine, St. Thomas High School in Pointe Claire, Westwood High School Senior in St. Lazare, LaSalle Community Comprehensive and Lindsay Place in Pointe Claire from the Lester B. Pearson School Board; and Howard S. Billings High School in Chateauguay from the New Frontiers School Board;
For more details log on to www.french-future.org.
Michael J. Cohen