About CPF

Canadian Parents for French (CPF) is a registered charity with a mission to further bilingualism by promoting and creating opportunities for students t learn and use French.

Canadian Parents for French (CPF) – Surrey Chapter members are parents of students in Surrey School District #36 as well as members of the public with an interest in French Language learning. We volunteer to provide extra-curricular French activities for students in the district. We also provide support to parents and participate at the Surrey School District French Immersion Advisory Committee.

 Meetings:  first Wednesday of each month from September to June from 7-9pm.

Sept 6, 2017                Oct 4, 2017                 Nov 1, 2017                Dec 6, 2017 – Social    Jan 3, 2018

Feb 7, 2018                 Mar 7, 2018                Apr 4, 2018                 May 2, 2018 AGM       June TBA – Social

Chapter Executive 2017-2018:

  • Mary-Em Waddington – President
  • Raziya Sattar – Vice President
  • Cindy Dalglish – Treasurer
  • Tamsin Lehn – Secretary

How Canadian Parents for French operates:

  1. National – sets policy and direction for the organizations, hosts an AGM in Ottawa every 2 years
  2. Branch – advocates on a Provincial/Territorial level for access and supports Chapters
  3. Chapters – (that’s us!) community volunteers who promote French culture and learning, typically by hosting events for children to use their French outside of the classroom.

Types of French Language Learning

  1. Core French – Offers ~ 90 minutes of basic French instruction each week to Grades 5 – 7 students, and is intended to enable students to communicate purposefully and develop openness to cultural diversity.
  2. Intensive French – is an orally based French language acquisition program involving a period of intensive exposure to French (80 % of one half of the Grade 6 year and 20% for the remaining half). The program continues with enhanced French instruction in Grades 7 and 8.
  3. French Immersion – is an intensive French language acquisition program with the goal of developing functionally bilingual students through teaching most of the curriculum with French as the language of instruction. The program is offered at Kindergarten (Early Immersion) or at Grade 6 (Late Immersion).

 CPF Membership benefitsmembership in CPF is open to families and associations who support French language learning.  80% of CPF membership dues come back to the chapter to plan and host our events.

School Liaisons: a French language school rep who reports between CPF and their school PAC.

 Volunteer OpportunitiesParent & student volunteers are needed for various CPF-Surrey activities like Carnaval, Concours, Film Festival, school PAC CPF liaisons, Gr. 12 Awards, membership drive, surveys, advocacy, attendance at Surrey School District Trustee meetings etc. Student volunteers will receive a volunteer letter for their Gr. 12 graduation volunteer hours.

CPF Volunteer Hours: are tracked by Branch in order to report to the government agencies or other funders (i.e. Heritage Canada) and is counted towards our community contribution for projects and programming.

Committees & Activities:

Carnaval d’Hiver   K-Gr7:  presented each year in February by Canadian Parents for French Surrey at a Surrey French Immersion elementary school. Carnaval is a Quebec-style winter festival with games, food, crafts and loads of fun for Surrey French elementary students and their families.

Concours d’Art Oratoire Surrey: Organized by CPF, it is a French public speaking contest for students in Grade 4-12. Students first compete within their own class with winners moving on to school level, district level, and provincial level contests.  Surrey District Concours – April 2018 / Provincial Concours – May 2018 at SFU Surrey.

 French Film Festival   K-Gr. 12: Each year in November, we coordinate and host Surrey School District French Immersion elementary and secondary (2,000) students to attend an age-appropriate French film at Guildford theatres in North Surrey.

 Grade 12 CPF-Surrey Awards:  Canadian Parents for French – Surrey Chapter has been sponsoring Gr. 12 French language awards for 25 years to Surrey (SD #36) students intending to pursue language learning opportunities, or attend a post-secondary institution after graduation. We offer a total of 10 awards to Surrey graduates.


Youth Activities   Gr7-12: Created in 2011, this new position organizes events to engage high school students in various fun activities while speaking French.

 Expériences Canada (Formerly SEVEC): Expériences Canada is a registered Canadian charitable organization that facilitates experiential learning opportunities within Canada, including bilingual exchanges. Expériences Canada in Surrey is open to 26, Grade 8 – 11 Surrey and White Rock students in French Immersion and Core French. This is a reciprocal home-stay adventure.

 DELF: Diplôme d’études en langue française) is the official French-language diploma awarded by France’s Ministry of National Education. The DELF is recognized throughout the world. As an official certification of second-language proficiency, the DELF tests the ability of students to use French in real-life situations.  

  • Surrey School District DELF exams are held on 3 days in the Fall & Spring. Dates TBA.

 French Immersion Advisory Committee (FRIMM) – An Advisory Committee has been established by the School District to seek ongoing advice from stakeholders regarding program organization and development. The committee typically meets 3 times per year.

 French Immersion Celebration Week 2018: a specially designated week by the British Columbia and Yukon Governments to celebrate French Immersion, and for CPF to recognize our volunteers.

Presidents Report – AGM 2017



Canadian Parents for French – Surrey Chapter