Claire Trépanier honoured by l'Odre des Palmes académiques


Burnaby, April 11, 2018

Claire Trépanier, Director of the Office of Francophone and Francophile Affairs (OFFA) at Simon Fraser University (SFU) from 2008 to 2017, received the insignia of Knight of the Ordre des Palmes académiques. Mr. Philippe Sutter, Consul General of France in Vancouver, had the pleasure of honouring her with this high distinction at a private ceremony which took place at the OFFA yesterday evening.

Mrs Trépanier is receiving this award in particular for her numerous contributions to French-language programs at SFU and for the connections and relationships she has built between SFU and the Francophone and Francophile communities in British Columbia, Canada and internationally.

During her mandate at the OFFA, Mrs Trépanier contributed to the development of several innovative programs such as the French Cohort Program in Public and International Affairs which offers studies in French at SFU and student exchanges in France or Quebec. She has also contributed to many programs of the Faculty of Education including the Formation duale which was created in partnership with the Université de Tours.

As a member of several professional teacher associations, Claire Trépanier is an important figure in Vancouver's Francophone community always supporting cultural and social organizations in the region.

Her commitment to promoting the French language and culture as well as her important role in the development of courses and programs in French at SFU led her to this honour.

The Ordre des Palmes académiques (Order of Academic Palms) is a national order of France that was re-instated on October 4, 1955 by President René Coty. It succeeded the decoration of Silver Palms (officer d’Académie) created in 1808 by Emperor Napoléon 1er. It recognizes prominent roles and rewards the services provided to education.

Today, this decoration not only honours teachers but also other members in education. The terms and conditions of the award were broadened in 1866 to include people who were not teachers but who provide distinguished services to National Education. It can also be awarded to foreigners and to French citizens living abroad.  Thus, it contributes actively to promote the value of French culture in the world.

In partnership with SFU faculties, departments and program areas, OFFA develops, coordinates and promotes programs and courses offered in French to meet the educational needs of BC Francophone and Francophile communities. OFFA also organizes cultural and program-related activities designed to promote the value of French, both at SFU and in the province.

SFU is a member of the Association des collèges et universités de la francophonie canadienne(ACUFC).

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