Grade 9 and 10 students from Core French and French Immersion will participate in interactive break-out sessions promoting the benefits of bilingualism. The session will include presenters from universities: Glendon College, University of Ottawa, and Laurentian University; exchange organizations: Explore, Canadian Education Exchange Foundation, and the YMCA Summer Work Student Exchange; and various community members. DDSB teachers will share their stories about how fluency in French has been beneficial to them, while also discussing the opportunities available to students who continue with their study of the language.
Reuben Ramsay will be one of the keynote speakers. Ramsay is an alumnus of O'Neill CVI and a graduate of the Durham College Public Relations program. He never thought he would continue to pursue French, but did so and has a great story to tell about where it has taken him. Another keynote speaker, Vishanthri Kularatnam from Me to We, will speak about bilingualism as a gateway to inclusion, empathy, understanding other cultures, sharing of perspectives & knowledge.
And last, but certainly not least, Her Excellency Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, will participate in a live chat via Skype with DDSB students.
Local Students will Skype with Governor General Julie Payette
Event: Franconnexion 2018
Date: December 17, 2018
Time: 8:45 am – 2:00 pm
Location: Education Centre, 400 Taunton Road East, Whitby
Audience: Grades 9 and 10
Arrangements can be made in advance or on-site for interviews and/or photo opportunities.
(The Governor General will NOT be available for interviews.)