April 29 at the Bibliothèque National du Québec
FRENCH FOR THE FUTURE CONFERENCE
AIMS AT PROMOTING BILINGUALISM
MONTREAL, APRIL 18, 2008—The (475, boulevard De Maisonneuve Est) will be the site of the 2008 French for the Future Montreal Conference on Tuesday, April 29 (9:45 a.m). Aimed at promoting bilingualism amongst Canadian youth, the theme is Respect, Culture and Integration into Québécois society. More than 250 students from nine high schools will be present.
The English Montreal School Board will be represented by John F. Kennedy High School in St. Michel, Westmount High , LaurenHill Academy in St. Laurent and Royal Vale in N.D.G.. From the Lester B.Pearson School Board, Beurling Academy, Lakeside Academy and St. Thomas High School will send students. Howard S. Billings High School in Chateauguay will represent the New Frontiers School Board while students from Philemon Wright High School in Gatineau will also be on hand.
Michel Godbout, a francophone anchoring the English CBC News at Six, will give opening remarks. Born in Montreal, Mr. Godbout left the city in 1987 to study journalism in New Brunswick. In 1996, after working in community and private radio he joined Radio-Canada Television in Moncton. From there he went to Manitoba and finally returned to Montreal in 1999 to work for CBC Television. In 2006, after seven years working for CBC Television, he took over the anchor's chair from Dennis Trudeau.
Students will then be taking part in a game show based on Canadian and Quebecois culture. It will be moderated by noted French television personality Malik Shaheed, a graduate of Westmount High School. John F. Kennedy students, who will also be working as volunteers during the day, helped in the planning for the game show which serves as an excellent ice breaker.
This will be followed at 11 a.m. by a half hour debate between the French for the Future Ambassadors – two from Halifax, two from John F. Kennedy as well as a youth in the Francophone school system originally from Brazil. At 11:30 a.m. filmmaker Nadine Valcin will discuss her documentary called A School Without Borders, which delvesd into her questions about the education system and the process of integrating cultural minorities. After lunch, ay 1:30 p.m., La Ligue D'improvisation de Montréal wull take over and allow the students to engage in some more interaction.
Secondary IV students from John F. Kennedy High School will also be working as volunteers. They have participated at all levels of planning with their teacher Mme. Jacinthe Leclerc as part of our committee and as their teacher. Also, Bruno Santos and Hailey Dubé, 2 students from JFK were ambassadors to the French for the Future National Forum in Toronto, bringing together kids from all across Canada and will be speaking at the conference in Montreal.
For more details log on to http://www.french-future.org.
Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213