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Canadian Parents for French

Canadian Parents for French –Cranbrook/Fernie Chapter

The next Canadian Parents For French meeting will be held Tuesday, February 11 in the TM Roberts Library 7-8pm.  Parents of both French Immersion and Core French students are welcome to join us.

 Check out our Facebook group: Canadian Parents for French Cranbrook / Fernie

We are glad to be back and are organizing a number of events for the various schools with French immersion (FI) in the District from Kindergarten to Grade 12. This includes TM Roberts Elementary, Parkland Middle, Mt Baker Secondary, Isabella Dicken Elementary (Fernie) and Fernie Secondary School.

With volunteer time and CPF memberships, we are able to access government grants through CPF BC/Yukon (which come from the Government of Canada) for performances and workshops for students. These events would not have otherwise happened without CPF sponsorship. And that's why we need you. We need members and volunteers to help continue this worthy program. Not only do members help us access more grants, 80% of the membership fee comes back directly to our local chapter.

CPF membership for your family is very inexpensive. It costs only $25/year, or $60 for 3 years.  You can do this by going online to and clicking on the 'join us' button at the top and then selecting 'join' again, or fill out a membership form which can be downloaded from the same section of the website (or you can get one from the CPF bulletin board next to the office at TM Roberts School). If you are already a member, you can renew your membership. Your expiry date will simply be extended based on the time still left on your membership.

Everyone is invited to the monthly meetings in Cranbrook. If you can't come to the meeting, you can attend via speakerphone (please contact Katrin Powell if interested So please mark your calendars! Meetings are at TM Roberts School Library from 7-8pm. Upcoming meetings are: November 20th.  We look forward to seeing you!  Volunteers are always needed. Thank you!

To get on our mailing list for future meeting reminders and meeting minutes, please contact our Director of Membership Katrin Powell (volunteer) at 250-421-4873 or email Or visit the BC website at

Things we do locally with volunteer time and your membership dollars:

-Access government grants to bring in French artists and performers to the French immersion schools in the District (K-12) to help inspire students

-Hold 'Parkland Buddy Day' for grade 6/7 Cranbrook FI students, to ease the transition to middle school

-Provide scholarships to graduating French immersion students in Cranbrook and Fernie, to recognize their perseverance!

-Hold a regional French public speaking event to encourage students (grade 6-12) to feel confident using their French

-Have a French immersion float in the Cranbrook Christmas Parade, to promote the program and keep it strong

-Have regular parent meetings and communicate with the School Board

-Provide French immersion schools with French magazine subscriptions for their libraries. 

-Hold High School Pizza Lunch at Mt Baker every 2 years, to summarize the many French opportunities outside of school.

-Offer French T-Shirts every few years to students for a minimal charge, helping them feel proud of their second (or third) language.

Plus, we are part of the greater BC and National CPF, which provides parents lots of resources through their websites. Just google CPF BC or CPF National or use: CPF BC webite or the CPF National website

The 2018/2019 Executive is:

  • Shanda Fulcher as President
  • Susie Silversides as Treasurer
  • Colleen Lenart as Secretary
  • Katrin Powell as Director of Membership
  • Note:  Shawna LaRade has now accepted a volunteer position with CPF BC/Yukon. She will keep us well informed at our local meetings as to what is going on at the provincial level of CPF. 

     We are all volunteers and parents of students in French immersion.  We are always looking for more volunteers in any capacity that you are willing. Even a few hours per school year is very much appreciated. A big thank you to all those who support us with their time and or money.