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

May 10, 2019


Vancouver -- 10,000 students from across British Columbia competed, 209 made the provincial finals, including 15 students from North Vancouver in this year's pan-provincial French public speaking competition, Concours d'art oratoire.

"Concours is an outstanding showcase and celebration of excellence in French language education," said Greer Cummings, President of Canadian Parents for French BC & Yukon.

"Through participation in Concours, students develop their public speaking and relationship building skills in French, and ultimately the confidence to express their ideas clearly. These capacities are highly valued in today's global society, making these students more adaptable and employable in a dynamic and competitive landscape. As effective communicators, these students will  become the leaders of tomorrow. We are so proud of all our Concours participants. Bravo à vous toutes et tous pour votre belle participation!"

This year marked the 36th anniversary of the Canadian Parents for French BC & Yukon-sponsored Concours d'art oratoireThe provincial finals were hosted Saturday, May 4th at SFU Surrey.

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

Provincial Winners from North Vancouver

​Armita Rezai
Lukas Bennett
(CPF BCYK President Greer Cummings, right)
​Alex Koen
(Chief Judge Bettina Cenerelli, left)
​1st Place
​2nd Place
​3rd Place
​Grade 10 Francophone

“Un monde sans capitalisme”

École Handsworth Secondary

​Grade 8 Immersion
“Etre accro a ton telephone"

École Argyle Secondary
​Grade 12 Early Immersion
“La culture façonne-t-elle la moralité?

École Handsworth Secondary

2019 Provincial finalists from North Vancouver:

Maya Gauvin | Grade 6 Francophone | “Les colibris” | Cleveland School
Carla Hoffman | Grade 6 Immersion | “Réduire le plastique” | Sherwood Park
Tahi Wilton Geary | Grade 6 Late Immersion | “L’environnement” | Braemar Elementary
Chloé Jean-Mairet | Grade 7 Francophone | “La santé” | Dorothy Lynas Elementary School
Kate Cook | Grade 7 Early Immersion | “Les récifs de corail” | Dorothy Lynas Elementary School
Eleanor Fan | Grade 7 Late Immersion | “L'impact des voitures autonomes” | Braemar Elementary
Jonah Lee | Grade 8 Francophone | “Le gaspillage alimentaire” | Handsworth Secondary
Zoe Brown | Grade 9 Francophone | “Le côté obscur de la vie des agents de bord” | Handsworth Secondary School
Rhianna Baker | Grade 9 Immersion | “Le suicide médicalement assisté” | Argyle Secondary
Parsa Khanbadr | Grade 10 Immersion | “Les premières impressions” | Handsworth Secondary School
Malena Heinrichs | Grade 11 Francophone | “La honte” | Handsworth Secondary School
Arvin Madhi | Grade 11 Immersion | “La fin du monde tel que nous le connaissons” | Handsworth Secondary School

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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 2017/2018 there were 53,487 students, or 9.5 per cent 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.