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North Vancouver Students Win Top Awards at Provincial French Public Speaking Competition

May 10, 2018

Vancouver -- 10,000 students from across British Columbia competed, 235 made the provincial finals, including 16 from North Vancouver in this year's pan-provincial French public speaking competition, Concours d'art oratoire.

"Concours is a fabulous celebration of excellence in French language education. Through participation in Concours, students develop confidence in French as well as develop their public speaking skills. These are the kind of skills needed in today's global society and ultimately these students  will gain greater employability as a result. As effective communicators, they will become the leaders of tomorrow," said Diane Tijman, President of Canadian Parents for French BC & Yukon.

"We are so proud of all our Concours participants. Bravo à vous tous et toutes pour votre belle participation!"

This year marked the 35th anniversary of the Canadian Parents for French BC & Yukon sponsored Concours d'art oratoire. The provincial finals were hosted Saturday, May 5th at SFU Surrey.

We thank all the local volunteers and teachers, as well as the BC Ministry of Education, Canadian Heritage, and le Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique for their financial support.

Provincial Winners from North Vancouver

Ethan Riml

3rd Place

Grade 6 Early Immersion
“Un monde où les gens sont honnêtes, cela existe?”

Larson Elementary

Chief Judge Bettina Cenerelli (left)
​Arman Hariri

1st Place

Grade 9 Immersion

Handsworth Secondary

President of the Fédération Francophone de la Colombie-Britannique Padminee Chundunsing (right)
Hasti Nikfarjam

1st Place

Grade 10 Core French
“L’image social contre l’image de soi”

Argyle Secondary

President of the Fédération Francophone de la Colombie-Britannique Padminee Chundunsing (right)
Malena Heinrichs

2nd Place

Grade 10 Fracophone
“La reputation du Canada”

Handsworth Secondary

CPF BC-YK President Diane Tijman (right)
Alex Koen

1st Place

Grade 11 Immersion
“Pourquoi rien
ne compte vraiment”

Handsworth Secondary

President of the Fédération Francophone de la Colombie-Britannique Padminee Chundunsing (right)
Charlotte Perrault

3rd Place

Grade 11/12 Francophone
“Quand le prof de français n’est pas là”

Handsworth Secondary

Chief Judge Bettina Cenerelli (left)

2018 Provincial finalists from North Vancouver:

Chayse Dupuis, Grade 8 Immersion, “L’importance des abeilles” | Argyle Secondary
Michelle Sue, Grade 10 Immersion, “La lumière et l’ombre” | Handsworth Secondary
Riley Dunn, Grade 7 Early Immersion, “Le réchauffement planétaire” | Ross Road Elementary
Armita Rezai, Grade 9 Francophone, “La vie des deux tourtereaux” | Handsworth Secondary
Jonah Lee, Grade 7 Francophone, “La comprehension des grands nombres” | Braemar Elementary
Cohen Cheetham, Grade 6 Late Immersion, “La première guerre mondiale” | Braemar Elementary
Maya Tarazi, Grade 11 Francophone, “Le harcèlement sexuel” | Argyle Secondary
Mei Ferguson Shiina, Grade 7 Late Immersion, “Moi dans 15 ans” | Boundary Elementary
Adida Dugga, Grade 12 Early Immersion, “L’influence des parents” | Argyle Secondary
Morgane Gereluk, Grade 8 Francophone, “Vancouver, racontée à travers l’architecture” | Handsworth Secondary

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Images are shared with permissionClick here for the list of all provincial winners and click here for a short video from a previous year's provincial competition. For more information please contact: 

Glyn Lewis
Executive Director
Canadian Parents for French BC & Yukon
Phone: 778.329.9115 (poste - ext. 318) Toll Free: 1.800.665.1222 | Twitter


*Canadian Parents for French BC & Yukon is a parent-lead registered non-profit dedicated to creating quality and accessible French second language opportunities for all youth.

*Concours d'art oratoire is a pan-Canadian French public speaking competition -- an estimated 85,000 students participate annually across Canada.

*Student participants choose, develop, and present a 3 - 5 minute speech, en français. Students are free to select a subject/theme that interests them. 

*The provincial competition is open to all students, grades 6 through 12, who are learning French through programs such as: French Immersion, Core French, and the native Francophone School Board (SD93). For each grade there are the three categories.

*The competition typically progresses through the following stages: 1) Students participate in their local classroom 2) Top students move on to the school district competition 3) Top students move on to the provincial competition 4) Top students in grade 12 move on to the national competition.

*Concours is judged by French speaking volunteers, i.e. University/College professors, teachers, native Francophones, and French immersion graduates. For the official rules of Concours d'art oratoire click here.

French immersion enrolment in British Columbia has increased every year for the past 16 years. As of 2015/2016 there were 52,545 students, or 9.5% of the entire study body, in French immersion.

*There are 180,000 students in BC in the Core French program. There are over 5,000 in the native Francophone school board. For the latest French student enrolment trends in BC & YK click here.