For several years now, I have been giving / participating more actively in the Francothon. This is what prompted me to ask myself the following question: which organization, which cause is most important to me?
The answer came to me last November after a discussion I had with Joël Lavoie. There are moments like that which change our way of doing things, of seeing life.
For me, the event that transformed my life was the arrival of my daughter Émilie 22 years ago.
Some of you knew her as a child, saw her grow and flourish. Whether from one year or from one event to the next – especially at the Colloquium, the FFA or at shows, etc.
It is thanks to all of you that my children have grown and flourished as Francophones. They are living proof of the famous saying, “it takes a village to raise a child.” Thank you for being there for us. Since arriving in Alberta, this “village” that welcomed me with open arms, I have watched it grow and flourish.
I arrived just a few years after the adoption of Article 23 of the Charter, so my children have grown up with the growth of Francophone schools, school boards, the FCSFA and most recently the recognition by the Minister of Education of the FPFA as spokesperson for French-speaking parents.
So to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the FPFA, I thought it would be a great gift to give back to this organization which also made me grow up as a Francophone parent, to continue building the future of our children and grandchildren by creating this endowment fund.
As Joël mentioned in his presentation, the base is solid, we have a good “foundation” and we owe it to ourselves to continue building Francophone identity in Alberta.
He uses the metaphor of the tree that is planted and that bears fruit, mine will hopefully produce good maple syrup that will flow freely.
With the creation of this fund, I invite you to get involved in making this tree fruitful by watering it generously!
The Board of Directors has decided that the funds will be used to finance the attendance of distinguished speakers during the Symposium. This will allow the FPFA to have a larger budget to provide parents with renowned and quality conferences. As the Symposium is the flagship event for Francophone parents in Alberta, investing in the quality of the speakers present at the Symposium is the best way to give back to parents.