1977
1977

Canadian Parents for French is Founded

Keith Spicer, the first Commisioner of Official Languages organized a conference for parents who wanted their children to learn French. The result was the founding of CPF.

1977

First National Conference in Ottawa

The conference, held on October 14-16th, 1977, had more than 60 attendees.

1977

First issue of CPF’s National Newsletter

Newsletter

Issue No 1 – June 1977

 

1979
1979

Membership

First paid memberships come into effect (Only $5.00!).

1980
1980

First Wordmark is Established

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1980

First Book is published

So You Want Your Child to Learn French! is published.

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1985
1985

First Festival national d’art oratoire

The contest was sponsored by CPF Saskatchewan and CPF Manitoba.

1987
1987

First Consultation

Secretary of State, Hugette Labelle, consulted Canadian Parents for French in the drafting of the new Official Languages Act.

1987

CPF’s 10th anniversary

Branches are established to service 10 provinces and 2 territories.  There are 16,000 members across the country.

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1988
1988

CPF Presents to a House Committee

Canadian Parents for French is asked to presentto the Legislative Committee of the House of Commons on Bill C-72 – Official Languages Act.

1989
1989

CPF Questions its name

Because CPF sounds like a French first language organization, leaders consider changing the name.  However it is agreed at the ’89 AGM the name would not change

1990
1990

First Video is launched

CPF launches its first video A Wider Vision – Elargir ses horizons.

1992
1992

CPF Meets Prime Minister

CPF President attends a roundtable meeting on the constituation with minority language groups, hosted by former Prime Minister Joe Clark

1992

National Public Awareness Campaign

CPF launches Learning French makes a world of difference.

1995
1995

Proud of Two Languages Video is launched

The Proud of Two Languages campaign is launched and CPF adopts a new mascot.

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1997
1997

First CPF Website is launched!

The CPF website is launched.

1997

CPF and the Queen

CPF President and Past Presidents meet Queen Elizabeth at Rideau Hall in July.

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1997

20th anniversary

Branches are established to service 9 provinces and a territory.  There are 18,000 members across the country.

1998
1998

GG States: CPF Changed Education in Canada

Reception held at Rideau Hall hosted by His Excellency the Right Honourable Roméo LeBlanc.

2000
2000

First CPF research report is released

The State of French Second Language Education in Canada is launched.

2002
2002

FMR CPF President awarded the Order of Canada

Dr. Joan Netten, awarded the Order of Canada for her internationally recognized research in French immersion.

2003
2003

I’m learning/staying in french because…

CPF launches a multi-media promotional campaign, with ten national French first- and second-language partners.

2003

National Concours d’art oratoire introduced

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2004
2004

National Symposium with Ocol

CPF partners with the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages and Canadian Heritage in a national symposium Vision and Challenges of the 21st Century

2004

I’m teaching french because… is launched

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2005
2005

CPF Receives Francophonie Prize

CPF is awarded the Prix d’excellence Lyse-Daniels  2005 by  Impératif français, a French-first-language and culture advocacy group.

2007
2007

30th anniversary

Branches are established to service 10 provinces and 2 territories.  There are 25,000 members across the country.

2008
2008

First National CPF volunteer award

John Ryan is the recipient of the first annual CPF National Volunteer Award recognizing volunteers whose exemplary efforts contributed to the advancement of FSL education.

2009
2009

I want to become bilingual because…

Launch of the  I want to Become Bilingual Because… videos to honour he many hardworking students studying French as a second language across the country.

2010
2010

First Former FI grad as a national president

Coming full circle, CPF elects former French immersion graduate, Lisa Marie Perkins, as a National President of Canadian Parents for French.

2012
2012

First Endowment Fund Established

Launch of the Mary Joyce Booth Endowment Fund promoting youth learning French through extracurricular activities.

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2013
2013

Launch of CPF Magazine

CPF replaces national newsletters with a new national magazine.

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2014
2014

“O canada!”

A musical tour is launched and provides 125 workshops to over 4,725 students.

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2015
2015

New brand for CPF!

 

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2015

NEW CPF Network Strategic Plan

CPF Network Leades endorse a five year strategic plan 2015-2000.

2016
2016

Canadian Parents for French is made the recipient of the 2016 Award for Excellence in the Promotion of Linguistic Duality

Canadian Parents for French is made the recipient of the 2016 Award for Excellence in the Promotion of Linguistic Duality presented by the Commissioner of Official Languages for our commitment to the contribution, development and promotion of linguistic duality across Canada and abroad.

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2016

Statement from Honorable Joe Clark

“Please do extend to the pioneers of Canadian Parents for French my congratulations on CPF’s unique and signal role in transforming bilingualism from a “public policy” to an “actual practice” in so many Anglophone and allophone communities across Canada. There is a tendency to judge initiatives by hard figures –  numbers of students, degrees of proficiency; that’s valuable too. But the real impact of Canadian bilingualism has been upon attitudes – we define our country more broadly than we did before, and have a better understanding of the diversity which truly distinguishes Canada.  That required commitment, example and courage on the part of many citizens, including prominently Canadian Parents for French” – Honorable Joe Clark

2016

CPF Alum joins CPF Alberta Board of Directors and Attends National Conference and AGM

Here is a flashback article from the Issue No. 43, Fall 1988 Edition of the CPF National Newsletter.  The story – entitled “Centre de Montreal, Ici Emma à quatre milles pieds…”  The Emma on this story is Emma Piayda who just recently joined the CPF Alberta Board of Directors and attended the National Conference and AGM in Ottawa with us.

2017
2017

40th anniversary

Branches and offices are established to service 10 provinces and 2 territories. There are 26,000 members across the country.