Biligual Youth Storm Winnipeg

    Thirty Francophone and French Immersion students from across Canada
    gather in Winnipeg for The National Ambassador Youth Forum, organised by
    French for the Future.

    TORONTO, Feb. 12 /CNW/ - 30 high school students from across Canada will
meet up in Winnipeg for the National Ambassador Youth Forum, four days of
activities, workshops, and cultural events.
    An annual event organised by French for the Future, the Forum will take
place from February 14th to the 17th this year in association with the Société
franco-manitobaine. Many of their workshops will take place on the Collège
universitaire Saint-Boniface campus.
    The young ambassadors from 20 different Canadian communities--from
Vancouver to Halifax, from Whitehorse to Charlottetown--will gather to share
their experiences and thoughts as Francophones and students of French as a
second language.
    Helen Coltrinari, president of French for the Future, explains: "The
Forum offers our brightest young leaders the opportunity to gather and get
involved in their country's linguistic future. They share their unique
experiences and return home with dynamic new ideas, a broader understanding
and, most of all, the motivation to keep up their French and encourage their
    John Ralston Saul, founder and honorary president of French for the
Future, will lead a discussion with the ambassadors on February 16th at 9:30am
at Collège Saint-Boniface (Salon Sportex room).
    The Forum coincides with the Festival du Voyageur and it is in this
positive and open environment that the students will participate in workshops
and activities focused on the benefits of bilingualism. The participants will
learn about their responsibilities as ambassadors and their role in the
promotion of linguistic duality. They will also find out about the great
advantages of being bilingual with regard to postsecondary education options,
the labour market, and daily life.
    Rosemarie L.-Arsenault, 2008 ambassador from Fredericton, says: "(The
Forum) was a fabulous experience, both socially and educationally! A group of
likeminded students who gather with a common cause can produce wonders."

    French for the Future is a not-for-profit organization that promotes and
encourages linguistic duality among Canadian secondary school students. It
highlights the social and career benefits of bilingualism and forges
linguistic and cultural links among secondary school students enrolled in
French first and second language courses.

For further information:

For further information: Elise Newman, Communications Coordinator, tel.
(416) 203-9900 ext 221, email., fax. (416) 203-1369,
366 Adelaide St. East, suite 444, Toronto, ON, M5A 3X9

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