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A Letter From CPF National
Hello there,

I'm Nicole, executive director of Canadian Parents for French, National. Thanks so much for your membership in our organization over the last year!
We work hard to provide our members with informative resources, offer inspiring youth learning opportunities, as well as advocate with a strong unified voice for linguistic duality in Canada. Our organization is built on the hard work and dedication of local volunteers supported by experienced professional Branch and National staff in every province and territory.

Much has happened in the world in the last 5 months. The recent spread of COVID-19 has impacted the way we can deliver our services to members, volunteers and stakeholders. Standing together, our CPF Chapters, Branches and National adapted quickly, shifting directions to deliver some fun, and innovative virtual learning opportunities for families when they were needed most!  Our Concours Virtuel 2020 was a resounding success with over 840 student entries; our CPF magazine spring issue featured a story on two health officials, with a special connection to CPF, who offer bilingual daily briefings; and our new Learn-at-Home French resources, such as THE GREAT CANADIAN VIRTUAL ROADTRIP 2020 and YOUTH ACTIVITY PAGES, will help support French all summer long… and there is so much more on the way!
 
While CPF has always stood firmly for “FSL for All” – We also stand for equity, inclusion and equality throughout our organization. These last few months have been a time for inward reflection. We don’t yet have all the right next steps. We are more aware of systemic bias and barriers and are educating ourselves on the best next steps. We commit to be better than yesterday, to use our voice and resources to stand up for these values. We aspire to be an organizational culture that is inclusive of all Canadians. Here are some first steps taken:  
 
CPF MEMBERSHIP FEES 2020-2021
 
The CPF leadership wants to ensure that, despite the impacts of COVID-19, all parents may access resources and youth opportunities for learning and using French as a Second Language. With this in mind, your current CPF membership will be extended – without charge – until March 31st, 2021.
  • Current members will have their CPF membership extended without charge for a one-year period based on their expiry date.
  • New CPF memberships will be free for the one-year period based on the application date for membership. No three-year option will be offered during this time.
  • On April 1st, 2021, CPF membership fees will return to the same rate: individual/family memberships at $25 per year/$60 for 3 years; associate member organization memberships at $60 per year/$150 for 3 years. 
We hope this decision helps us transform our current reality into opportunity, allowing you to get to know us better by participating in more virtual programs and services such as our CPF Network Conference in October 2020.

CPF NETWORK VIRTUAL CONFERENCE, Raise your Flag for French!
 
For the first time, our CPF conference program will extend over a 6 day period, from October 13-18, offering both pre-recorded and live sessions within different time zones. Full program access for the early bird price of $49.95! If travel or cost has stopped you from attending a CPF conference in the past, now is the perfect time to find out what it’s all about! Our program offers inspiring FSL champion stories, information on FSL youth programs, and CPF Chapter advocacy activities.

A KEYNOTE SNEAK PEEK: Clara Hughes, multiple Olympic medalist in both cycling and speed skating will be sharing her story on the value of sport and play, her mental health advocacy work and how learning French helped play a role in her success.
 
WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT FROM OUR PATRON – Let’s encourage. Let’s amplify. Let’s be grateful.
 
For over 40 years our organization has invested in important parent and youth initiatives to further bilingualism in Canada. We recently received a letter from our Patron, Her Excellency, Julie Payette, CC CMM COM CQ CD, 29th Governor General of Canada, sharing words of encouragement to all CPF members. Read her letter.
 
“It will take time, but when we return to brighter days, we will look back on these challenging times and realize that because we all did our part, we emerged stronger as a nation. Our collective resilience will lead to our collective victory.”
 
Finally, our thoughts go out to anyone who has been impacted over these last few months. Let’s continue to support each other. Let’s stay safe together.
 
CPF will be active over the summer on our social media accounts and we have a lot in store for the fall: a new strategic plan, a new improved website, and an outreach campaign to celebrate linguistic duality across Canada. Thank you. Merci,
 

Nicole Thibault, Executive Director,
Canadian Parents for French, National
 

CPF is a registered charitable organization (Charity Reg. No. – 118835131 RR0001). For the remainder of 2020, in lieu of collecting membership fees, those who can, may voluntarily contribute by donation to our continued future – with all donations of $20 or more being issued a tax receipt. As an organization, we remain truly grateful to donors for their ongoing generosity. To give, visit cpf.ca.
 
CANADIAN PARENTS FOR FRENCH is the Recipient of the Commissioner of Official Languages’ 2016 Award of Excellence - Promotion of Linguistic Duality, we continually strive to give Canadian youth the opportunity to learn and use their French as a second language
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Our mailing address is:
1104-170 Laurier Ave. W
Ottawa, ON K1P 5V5
cpf@cpf.ca

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