Association canadienne-française de l’Ontario, Conseil régional des Mille-Îles

Speaker Series: One City, Two Realities

A meeting between anglos and francos 50 years after the Official Languages Act. 

ACFOMI is committed to the development, and vitality of Kingston’s Francophone community and the Thousand Island region.

ACFOMI is organizing a speaker’s series entitled: “One city two realities: A meeting between anglos and francos 50 years after the Official Languages Act”.

The series begins September 9th, 2019 with 17 themes that will take place over a two year period.  All speaker’s series will be recorded and  made available in Podcast on our Web Site. 

Prestigious guest speakers are invited to each session that will take place in both official languages to discuss topics that include: politics, culture, healthcare, family life, gastronomy, etc.

The Kingston Frontenac Public Library in historic downtown Kingston will host the speaker’s series in their newly renovated facilities.

This series is recommended for members of the public able to understand both official languages. 

This project will be recorded as a podcast and available as a free download from the ACFOMI website.

PODCAST

Theme 1: The history of the Official Languages Act and services available in French

by ACFOMI | One City, Two Realities: discussions between anglos and francos 50 years after the French Languages Act

Theme 2: Anglophone & Francophone Canadian Literature and Poetry

by ACFOMI | One City, Two Realities: discussions between Anglos and Francos 50 years after the Official Languages Act

Theme 3: The choice of a Francophone, Immersion, or English School

by ACFOMI | One City, Two Realities: discussions between Anglos and Francos 50 years after the Official Languages Act

Theme 4: The Linguistic Duality Among Seniors

by ACFOMI | One City, Two Realities: discussions between Anglos and Francos 50 years after the Official Languages Act

Themes

September 9th 2019 - Theme 1: The history of the Official Languages Act and the services available in French

 

The speakers:

 

Stéphanie Chouinard (PhD) grew up in Labrador. She holds a doctorate from the School of Political Studies of the University of Ottawa. She is the recipient of the Vanier Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the recipient of the Baxter and Alma Ricard Foundation Scholarship. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Montreal and the University of Edinburgh before obtaining a position as an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston in January 2017. Since 2018, she has been co-affiliated with Queen’s University. Her research focuses on federalism and the rights of linguistic minorities as well as indigenous Canadians.

Kevin Brushett (PhD) is a graduate of Queen’s University and teaches at the Royal Military College of Canada in the fields of Canadian and American history. Currently he is the Department Chair. His research focuses on the relationship between civil society organizations and the Canadian state in the late 20th century. He is currently finalizing a book on the Company of Young Canadians a government sponsored community development organization that operated between 1965 and 1975. He is also researching the relationship between CSOs and the Canadian International Development Agency in sponsoring community development programs in the Global South between 1965 and 1985. Dr Brushett is the president of the Canadian International History Committee, and member of the Canadian Network for Humanitarian History, and the Interuniversity research group on the Quebec of the Sixties and its External Relations (GRIQUERE).

The Host: 

Frédéric Pepin is a video journalist for CBC/Radio-Canada since 2010, and has been working out of Kingston since 2013. His work in the field leads him to cover an array of current events.

September 26th, 2019 - Theme 2: Canadian Literature and Poetry Anglophone vs. Francophone

The speakers: 

Bianca Côté was born in Montreal where she obtained her Master’s in literary studies. She has published several stories including Carnets d’une habituée in 1998, and a book of poetry entitled Un mandala dans une benne à ordures (2015). Occasional editor, production manager, proofreader and copywriter, she has worked for many years in publishing. She has also been the Program officer for the Canada Council of Arts. Since 2008, she has been teaching French as a second language to the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston

 Eric Folsom is a Kingston poet who has long been active in the city’s literary community.  He worked for more than twenty years as a Library Assistant at the Kingston Frontenac Public Library, and helped edit the small literary magazines Next Exit and Quarry in the Eighties and Nineties.  He has published four books of poetry, mostly recently “Le Loutre: a Poetry Narrative”, which examines the Grand Dérangement of Acadia.  Born in the United States, he came to Montréal in 1969 as student at McGill.  He learned to love the complexity of Canada and has been a dual citizen since 1993.

 

The Host:

 

Johanne Bénard is a professor in the French Studies Department at Queen’s, where she teaches French and Francophone literature of the XXth century since 1989. She is also interested by contemporary literature and theatre.

October 9, 2019 - Theme 3: Education - the choice of Francophone, Immersion or Anglophone schooling

The speakers:

Catherine Lord is from a unilingual home in Quebec. During a language exchange in Venezuela, she discovered her passion for learning languages and the different cultures that accompany them. Shortly after her travels, she began her studies at St. Thomas University in New-Brunswick. Since then, she has studied Italian, German, Portuguese, and Catalan. In her role as a French instructor at the Royal Military College, Catherine specializes in communication with her cadets who must become bilingual. She obtained her master’s from Queen’s University in 2012. Her thesis focuses on migrant writing in Quebec.

Sarah Lasko is a former core French student turned Francophile. She grew up in small town Southern Ontario when French immersion was not an option.  Her experience as an exchange student in Quebec planted the seed for her to further her education in French at Queen’s University. Sarah shares that same delight in learning a second language with her students. She has taught immersion and core French in the elementary panel, in both rural and urban settings for several school boards in Ontario.  She currently teaches Grade 7 students who are new to French immersion with the Limestone DSB using language as a path to further her students’ Canadian understanding and identity.  Her own four children attend Francophone schools and self-identify as Franco-Ontarians.

The Host:

Eric Galarneau is a community builder and proud Franco-Kingstonian. He sits on various boards of directors. It seeks to improve the cause of La Francophonie. He is also fond of social media. Eric has been involved in the education sector for twenty years. He is currently working as a Cultural Facilitator at Mille-Îles Public High School.

November 6th, 2019 at 18:45 - Theme 4: Linguistic duality among seniors

The speakers: 

Born in Ottawa in 1956, Marie-Noël St-Cyr, studied History and Human Sciences at Glendon College, York University. In 1981, she graduated with a Bachelor of Education degree and began teaching French-language students at Regiopolis-Notre Dame Catholic High School in Kingston, Ontario. It’s from her role as an educator that will give rise to what will become French Language Module at Marie-Rivier Catholic High School. Between 1987 and 2014, Ms. St-Cyr steered the destiny of the growing school, with a whole series of valuable collaborators, and several generations of students. Since her retirement, Ms. St-Cyr has worked hard to help her community, the St-François-d’Assise Parish and as a substitute teacher at Marie-Rivier Catholic High School.

Dolorès Cléroux is from Montréal and settled in Kingston some 40 years ago. Her two children were born in Kingston but are now living in Québec, and the USA. Dolorès first studied Language and Linguistics, and then Education at Queen’s University while she taught French Second Language and worked as a translator. Retired since 2016, her days are filled with playful activities and charitable work when she is not travelling.

Lieutenant-Colonel (Retired) Jean Lord joined the Canadian Forces as an Artillery Officer in 1970. He served in Cyprus, Germany, the United Kingdom, Ottawa, ValCartier and Kingston. From 1995 to his retirement from the Canadian Forces in 2005, he taught at the Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston, where he stayed as an Assistant Professor and Head of the Language Centre until 2014. He was a Member of the Board of Directors of the South East Local Health Integration Network (SE LHIN) from January 2017until the Board was dissolved in 2019. He is now the Vice-President of the Board of Directors of le Centre Culturel Frontenac (CCF).

The Host:

Johanne Bénard is a professor in the French Studies Department at Queen’s, where she teaches French and Francophone literature of the XXth century since 1989. She is also interested by contemporary literature and theatre.

December 4th, 2019 at 18:45 - Theme 5: Local, Regional and Provincial politics – How are Francophones better served?

  Location: The Kingston Frontenac Public Library, 130 Johnson St, Kingston, ON K7L 1X8

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