Community Leadership Award


At the Célébrations virtuelles de la francophonie held on March 23, 2022, the first Community Leadership Award was presented to Aliyah Datoo, a student in the French Cohort Program at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Congratulations Aliyah! Your commitment to developing new initiatives to promote the French language in your university community at SFU, through SFU Political Science Student Union, Gadfly and the French Cohort Program, among others, make you an exemplary leader!

In 2022, for the first time, the Community Leadership Award will be offered through the joint support of the Fondation des francophones de la Colombie-Britannique endowment fund and the Office of Francophone and Francophile Affairs (OFFA) at Simon Fraser University (SFU). It recognizes and rewards a dedicated student or graduate who provides service to the community by promoting the French language and La Francophonie in British Columbia.

The successful candidate will receive $3,000 in recognition of their volunteer efforts. The award will be presented during the Printemps de la francophonie event organized by OFFA and scheduled for March.

Students and graduates meeting the selection criteria listed below are invited to apply between December and February (the exact dates will be communicated in Fall). 

The Fondation des francophones de la Colombie-Britannique was created in 1998 by French speakers who envisioned a future in which the entire Francophone and Francophile community has the means to live and thrive in B.C. One of the primary goals of this charitable organization is to promote the French language in our province through higher education.

OFFA’s mission is to coordinate, promote and support the development of programs and courses offered in French at SFU. It also organizes scientific and cultural activities in the community in order to promote a plural and inclusive Francophonie. 



At the time of application, the candidate will: 

  • be enrolled (declared) in or graduated from a full-time French-language program at SFU (Fall and/or Spring terms),
  • have a satisfactory academic standing (academic continuance),
  • have demonstrated outstanding community involvement contributing to the promotion of the French language and/or the French-speaking community in British Columbia. 

Candidate selection

  • Candidates will be evaluated by a committee composed of university and community members, based on their commitment and leadership within French-speaking communities, associations, organizations and/or Simon Fraser University.

Documents required

  • Completed application form, dated and signed,
  • C.V. demonstrating volunteer involvement in the community/university,
  • Two letters of recommendation from a community organization or a community or academic leader demonstrating the applicant’s impact on the community. 

APPLY TO THE Community Leadership Award

The application period for the 2022 award is now closed.

Send your application by email to:

Rémi Marien
Associate Director of Operations
Office of Francophone and Francophile Affairs (OFFA)

Please note that we do not return any documents. Only complete applications will be evaluated. 

For more information, please contact:
Rémi Marien, OFFA Associate Director of Operations; email:

This award is an initiative jointly funded by the Fondation des francophones de la Colombie-Britannique and the Office of Francophone and Francophile Affairs at Simon Fraser University.