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Yolande Grisé, 604.268.6645,
Stuart Colcleugh, Media & PR, 604.291.3035,

December 7, 2005
The Ordre de la Compagnie des Cent-Associés Francophones has named Yolande Grisé, director of SFU's new Office of Francophone and Francophile Affairs (OFFA), as one of its members.

The honour recognizes Grisé, formerly an Ontario Arts Council chair and University of Ottawa French professor, for almost three decades of service nurturing French language and culture in Ontario and now BC.

Grisé's five-year term at SFU, which began last spring, includes joint professorships in the French department and the education faculty. By next year she hopes to triple the number of students in SFU's first Francophone program in a discipline other than French - a bachelor of arts program in political science launched in 2004 with eight students.

The Association Canadienne de l'éducation de la langue française (Canadian association of education in French ) created the Compagnie des Cent-Associés Francophones in 1979. It's raison d'étre is to acknowledge Canadians for outstanding citizenship and exceptional efforts in promoting French life and education in North America, particularly Canada.

The Compagnie is named after the Compagnie des Cent-Associés, which France's Cardinal Richelieu founded in 1627 to ensure the development of Nouvelle-France.