Theme for 2008 Lieutenant Governor Award announced

    HALIFAX, Dec. 6 /CNW/ - The Lieutenant Governor's Award: Ready to Write!
Prêt à écrire! in partnership with Canadian Parents for French - Nova Scotia
is now underway. This award celebrates the ability of young Nova Scotians to
communicate in both official languages by promoting the use of the French
language. This year's theme is the 250th Anniversary of parliamentary
democracy in Canada. In 1758, the Nova Scotia House of Assembly met for the
first time in Halifax. As the birthplace of parliamentary democracy, Nova
Scotia's pioneering role in shaping our nation's democratic institutions has
helped secure the rights and freedoms Canadians today enjoy.
    "Learning the French language opens up new worlds for young people. It
also helps to build bridges in our country, linking Canadians together from
sea to sea," said Her Honour. The Honourable Mayann E. Francis, O.N.S.,
Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, is committed to inspiring excellence and
success for all young Nova Scotians.
    Students in grades 7-9 enrolled in any French second language program
within Nova Scotia are invited to take part in this program. Eligible students
can enter submissions and one will be selected for the award based on
originality, creativity, writing style, organization of ideas, content and
written language proficiency. Rules and registration forms are available at or by calling (902) 453-2048.
    The deadline for submissions is February 22nd, 2008. The recipient will
be presented with the award at a ceremony to be held at an appropriate venue,
a Canadian Parents for French - Nova Scotia event or a suitable function in
the recipient's area before the end of the school year. This program is
sponsored by Université Sainte-Anne which has a longstanding relationship with
Canadian Parents for French and a history of supporting French education
initiatives in Nova Scotia.

    Canadian Parents for French is a national network of volunteers that
values French as an integral part of Canada and is dedicated to the promotion
and creation of French learning opportunities for young Canadians.

For further information:

For further information: Rebecca Lancaster, Executive Director at (902)
453-2048 or email at

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