Issue 20

Newsletter - Fall 2020

Back-to-school 2020

Dear partners, colleagues and students, the whole OFFA team wishes you an excellent start to the new 2020 school year.

The resumption of courses is a little different this fall, but it is a situation that leads us to be creative and to do everything we can to provide students with a rich and dynamic learning experience that will live up to expectations, even in a distance learning environment.

As Myriam Devlin, a student in the French Cohort Program, mentioned in a recent interview with the ACUFC (Association des collèges et universités de la francophonie canadienne), "Even if it's online, it's still a French-language academic experience. You learn, you improve and you grow. It's just another challenge."

While we look forward to meeting up in the student lounge very soon, in the meantime, here is some practical information to keep in mind.

  • The student lounge and OFFA offices remain closed until further notice.
  • The OFFA team can be contacted by email from Monday to Friday. Are you looking for a team member's email address? Visit the CONTACT US section of our website.
  • If you have general questions regarding the measures taken by SFU in connection with COVID-19, please consult SFU’s FAQ page, which is updated on a regular basis.

Rémi Marien appointed OFFA Associate Director of Operations at SFU

The Office of Francophone and Francophile Affairs (OFFA) at Simon Fraser University (SFU) is pleased to announce the appointment of Rémi Marien as OFFA’s Associate Director of Operations.

Rémi Marien holds a Master of Management Sciences and a Master of Business Administration, Management and Quality from the University of Versailles and the École supérieure de commerce in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France. For the last 10 years, Marien served as the executive director of the CJFCB (BC Francophone Youth Council), where his skills in leadership, planning and strategic management were put to good use. He has greatly contributed to the development and sustainability of the organization’s cultural, educational and social programs, quadrupling the annual budget and quintupling the number of employees. His many accomplishments at the CJFCB have established him as a prominent figure for La Francophonie at the provincial, national and even the international level.

In joining OFFA’s management team, Marien will be responsible for planning, coordinating, supervising and controlling the operations of OFFA. He will also play a defining role in partnership development and will ensure the continued collaboration with British Columbia’s Francophone community, in particular with partners from the Francophone education community. “Rémi is a solid addition to our team, who will contribute to our development and the status of French at SFU. His experience working directly with students and youth, his management skills, as well as his expertise in community and government relations are major assets in supporting OFFA’s mission. We are delighted that he has joined the team,” said Gino LeBlanc, Director of OFFA.

You can reach Rémi Marien at the following address

The ACPI selects a student from the PDP French Module for its national Teacher 5 étoiles squad

The Canadian Association of Immersion Professionals (ACPI) recently announced its team of future French Immersion teachers: the national #teacher5étoiles squad.

Gerald Gatti, a student in SFU’s PDP French Module, is part of the squad, together with future teachers from Quebec, Manitoba, Ontario and New Brunswick.

The ACPI selected Gerald mainly because of his contagious energy! After working in the IT industry for a few years, Gerald decided to forge a new path in French-language education to channel his passion for his language and culture and help future generations. He is extremely excited about working in the field and meeting his future students

On the initiative's website, we can read that "Teacher 5 étoiles is an original project developed by the ACPI in the wake of its Canada-wide consultation, the results of which were published in 2018 and underscored a critical shortage of qualified French Immersion teachers across Canada, due in part to the sharp increase in the number of students enrolled in French Immersion programs."

Visit for further information.

Dr. Danièle Moore receives Knighthood in Ordre des Palmes académiques

Congratulations to Dr. Danièle Moore who has been invested as a Knight (Chevalier) into the Ordre des Palmes académiques (Order of Academic Palms) — an honour bestowed by the French Republic to those who make significant contributions to education and culture.

Dr. Moore is a professor of educational sociolinguistics in SFU’s Faculty of Education, Research Director at the Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris and a former co-editor of The Canadian Modern Language Review/La revue canadienne des langues vivantes. 

A leading expert on how we learn and use multiple languages, her extensive research has focused on government language policies, the study of language contacts in multilingual contexts, language revitalization of endangered languages, bilingual development and teacher training in minority contexts.

Dr. Moore received news of the award from Kareen Rispal, the French Ambassador to Canada, while she was in Japan as a Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Graduate School of Human and Environmental Studies at Kyoto University.

“I am touched and humbled to join the esteemed company of members of the Order in France, in Canada and around the world”, says Moore.

“I feel very fortunate to work alongside a passionate team of educators in Vancouver and across the province of British Columbia. I am truly grateful to my colleagues and students in Canada, France and abroad, and to my friends and my family. Merci à tous! Huy chexw a.”

Dr. Susan O’Neill, Dean of the Faculty of Education, says this latest recognition of Dr. Moore’s involvement in the global education community is well deserved.

“This is a prestigious honour and an important recognition of Dr. Moore’s international reputation as an educator and a scholar. We are very proud of her accomplishments”, says Dr. O’Neill.

Her comments were echoed by then SFU President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Andrew Petter, who described the award as an “extraordinary achievement”.

The Ordre des Palmes académiques is one of the oldest civilian orders of the French Republic. Created in 1808 by an imperial decree of Napoleon Bonaparte, it was once a decoration to honour eminent members of the University of Paris. 

Today, the national order is bestowed on distinguished members (national and foreign) of the educational community who have rendered valuable service to universities, education and science while actively promoting French education.  

FSL Bursary Program - Apply by September 20th

Are you a newly admitted first-year student commencing your undergraduate studies this Fall 2020? Parles-tu français? Have you considered continuing your studies in French? Pourquoi pas? You could be eligible for a $3,000 bursary ! Don’t forget to apply before September 20th.

See the full list of eligibility criteria and details to apply:

The Bursaries for Postsecondary Studies in French as a Second Language Program (FSL Bursary Program), administered by the Association des collèges et université de la francophonie canadienne (ACUFC), is designed to encourage English-speaking students to pursue post-secondary studies in French. This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.