Isabelle Côté appointed OFFA's Associate Director - Education


Burnaby, May 12, 2022 - The Office of Francophone and Francophile Affairs (OFFA) at Simon Fraser University (SFU) is pleased to announce the appointment of Isabelle Côté as OFFA's Associate Director - Education. Ms. Côté replaces Hélène Lalancette whose term of more than six years at OFFA recently came to an end.

Ms. Côté has nearly 20 years of experience in education. She is a Senior Lecturer at SFU’s Faculty of Education and has been involved in teacher education programs since 2006. Her expertise is in the didactics of teaching in French as a Second Language (FSL), Immersion, and Francophone programs as well as in the didactics of social studies. Ms. Côté completed her doctorate in education at SFU, focusing her research on the integration of Indigenous perspectives in the French Immersion program. She worked for several years for the New Westminster School District as a teacher, and also as a French program coordinator.

Ms. Côté, who joins the OFFA executive team, will be responsible for contributing to the development, coordination and promotion of the undergraduate and graduate programs offered in French at the Faculty of Education at SFU. She will also actively work on issues related to the recruitment and retention of French language teachers in the province and continue to teach in the Faculty of Education.

Gino LeBlanc, Director of OFFA, says, "Ms. Côté's outstanding engagement in the world of French-language education in British Columbia and at SFU embodies OFFA's mission to act at the heart of both the university community and the province's Francophone, and Francophile communities. He adds that "her expertise on the integration of indigenous perspectives in teacher training will be a major asset and will certainly contribute to SFU's impact within the Canadian and international Francophonie".

To contact her:

Isabelle Côté
Associate Director, OFFA - Education

Personne ressource pour les médias:

Anne Marie Gagné
Coordonnatrice – communication, marketing et recrutement, BAFF

The Office of Francophone and Francophile Affairs is an administrative office at Simon Fraser University, which has a mission to coordinate, promote and provide support to the development of programs and courses offered in French. OFFA also organizes cultural and scientific activities within the community to promote a plural and inclusive Francophonie.

Simon Fraser University is a member of the Association des collèges et universités de la francophonie canadienne (ACUFC) and the Agence Universitaire de la francophonie (AUF).