Service to the Community

Local and National Activities

  • Standing Senate Committee on Official Languages – with Claire Trépanier, Offa and Dr. Diane Dagenais, Faculty of Education, SFU - prepared and presented the report Ensuring the continuum between K-12 and post-secondary French Education in British Columbia : SFU’s Office of Francophone and Francophile Affairs 2018-2013 Action Plan (Fall 2016)
  • Co-founding member with Dr. Ghizlane Laghzaoui, (University of the Fraser Valley) ; Dr. Bettina Cenerelli (Simon Fraser University) ; Dr. Aude-Claire Forlot (Simon Fraser University), Association des Universitaires Francophones et Francophiles de Colombie Britannique – AUFFCB (Summer 2014)
  • Reviewer, new French Major at University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) (Fall 2013)
  • Participant for OFFA, Association des Universités de la Francophonie Canadienne (AUFC) – Academic  Literacy, Winnipeg (Summer 2013)
  • Committee member, external review of Modern Language Institute, UFV (including a 2-days visit on site and a report) (Summer 2013)

International Activities

Supervisor of Formation Duale (SFU-University François Rabelais, Tours, France) (since 2006)

It is a student exchange program between SFU and Université François Rabelais (Tours, France). Students from all institutions enroll in PDP-French Module (January cohort) and complete one semester in France at a Master level. Once they are recommanded for certification to the BCCT, students from SFU are granted the first year of a M.A. For students from France who are enrolled in the second year of their M.A., I provide supervision for their professional thesis.]

Involved with the Module International en Education en Langue française – M.I.E.L (2010–2012)

In collaboration with James O’Rourke (Coordinator for International programs – ITEM, Faculty of Education, SFU), Daphné Roberts (Faculty Associate for the French Module, Faculty of Education, SFU) and Claude Dionne (French Module Coordinator, Faculty of Education, SFU).

M.I.E.L. seeked to provide to future BC teachers the means to access greater understandings of linguistic and cultural diversity, through theory, practice and lived experience in a Francophone West African country, Mali. Its objectives included a) the development of professional competences in a context of linguistic and cultural diversity as well as cognitive and social diversity, b) the reinforcement of linguistic capacities through the provision of an international francophone context in which students further developed their oral and written competencies in French, and c) the consolidation of institutional relationships between the education community of SFU’s Faculty of Education and cultural and educational communities overseas and in Canada.

Unfortunately, in 2012, the political situation in Mali put an end to this international initiative.