Thanks to an initiative of the Société Nationale de l'Acadie (SNA), each Atlantic province named a Champion of Francophone Immigration for the duration of National Francophone Immigration Week. In Prince Edward Island, the Champion was selected via a province-wide contest. The public was invited to nominate a newcomer who made a positive impact through his or her community involvement or integration or a Canadian who was personally invested in helping Francophone immigrants and deserved to be the spokesperson for the 2013 edition.
An initiative of the Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne du Canada (FCFA), this week-long celebration aims to promote Francophone immigration and diversity in Canada's Francophone and Acadian communities. The initiative was launched last year in Atlantic Canada with Francophone Immigration Week in the Atlantic Region. The event was such a resounding success that it will be celebrated from coast to coast for the first time in 2013.
This year, thanks to an initiative of the Société Nationale de l'Acadie (SNA), each Atlantic province nominated a Champion of Francophone Immigration for the duration of the National Francophone Immigration Week. On Prince Edward Island, the Champion was selected via a province-wide contest organized by the CIF. The CIF is pleased to announce that Gregory Urier, originally from France and living in Prince Edward Island since May 2012, will be the Champion of Immigration for the 2013 edition. He is currently the Assistant Director and Community and Cultural Development Officer at the Carrefour de l'Isle-Saint-Jean in Charlottetown.
The CIF and its partners are organizing several free activities throughout the province during National Francophone Immigration Week.
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"We decided to create a new image for the CIF to better reflect what our community has to offer to future French-speaking immigrants. The new logo has a lighthouse that serves as a guide, Confederation Bridge that links the Island to the rest of the world and the Acadian colours that call to mind the importance of integrating immigrants into the host community," confirmed CIF President Edmond Richard.
The CIF also took the opportunity to introduce its new website, now with a catchier address: www.tonile.ca. "The new bilingual website will be easier to navigate for Francophones wanting to settle in Prince Edward Island. It also includes important information for the host community, employers and institutions, such as our activity calendar, our news and the partnership application forms for awareness-raising activities," added Provincial Coordinator Jacinthe Lemire. The former address (www.cifipe.ca) will remain active and will redirect internet users to the new address.
The CIF invites islanders and current and future Francophone immigrants to visit our new website where they will find, among other features, an information section on the Working Holiday Program and a section on the services offered to newcomers and the host community.
This project has been developed in collaboration with the Collège Acadie Î.-P.-É. Hélène Duranleau-Reid, an experienced teacher of French as an additional language, followed a training course at the Centre for Canadian Language Benchmarks (CCLB) and is the only CCLB certified assessor for French language in Prince Edward Island.
A range of traditional French foods were served to the sounds of Mario Robichaud's music, brining French song to the event as well. The younger crowd enjoyed fair games and other activities for little ones organized by Cap Enfant.
Un nouveau conseil exécutif est aussi élu
C'est le 28 mai dernier que La Coopérative d'intégration francophone de l'Île-du-Prince-Édouard (CIF) tenait une assemblée générale spéciale (AGS), suivie de son assemblée générale annuelle (AGA) au Centre Belle-Alliance à Summerside.
C'est lors de l'AGS que les membres ont apporté quelques changements mineurs aux statuts et règlements de la CIF. Le changement le plus important était l'élimination des frais d'adhésion à la coopérative.