Youth Engagement Committee
What is the CPF Youth Engagement Committee:
The Youth Engagement Committee is a group that helps foster an advocative conversation between CPF and French speaking students. CPF seeks to improve our programs continuously and we want to ensure that the voices of French speaking students across the country are being heard. The YEC is a unique forum for dialogue to increase engagement within our community.
To join the YEC you need to be:
- Between the ages of 16 to 25 (students under the age of 18 will require parental consent)
- Passionate about French and French education
- An innovative and ambitious leader or leader-in-training
- Able to hold a position for 1 – 2 years
The YEC will offer you the opportunity to gain experience in a variety of roles which will make impactful changes in your community. We will have you working on, and executing projects with various stakeholders across Alberta and – possibly – the country. It is a perfect opportunity to network and make your voice heard!
Communications Coordinator – The communication coordinator will be responsible for the creation of social media content which will be posted on a variety of channels. We will require the communication coordinator to keep a journal and to submit reports from meetings and events. The communication coordinator is the voice of the engagement committee!
Lead Delegate – The Lead Delegate will be the main point of contact between the committee and the CPF board of directors. The LD is also in charge of working with staff to organize all virtual meetings, in-person meetings, and other administrative requirements for the delegates. The LD is the chief spokesperson of the CPF YEC Delegation at meetings with stakeholders.
Engagement Coordinator – The engagement coordinator will be responsible for the development and design of an engagement project working with our local chapters, other partners/stakeholders and staff. The EC will share opportunities with our community throughout the year. The Role also calls for the soliciting of community feedback and determining how CPF can enhance their programs to better serve community demands.
Event Coordinator – The event coordinator will be responsible for assisting in the development of internal (YEC) and CPF external events. Internally they will advise and assist staff with the organization of digital and in– person events where the YEC meets and discusses their mission and plans. As for CPF external events, they will assist in the planning of in– person & virtual member benefit gathers that occur annually (French for the future etc.)
Call for Interest CPF Alberta Board of Directors 2022 - 2023
President: Emma Piayda (Medicine Hat)
Vice President: Sarah Clark (Okotoks)
Sarah Clark is a mother of three children who attend French Immersion. She, herself, was a French Immersion graduate and continues on her language learning journey today. Sarah has a Master’s degree in second language learning and is passionate about literacy development and language development. Her experience in education and educational leadership has varied from kindergarten to post-secondary. She values her role representing Canadian Parents for French in Alberta.
Secretary: Erin Quiring (Airdrie)
I have lived in Airdrie, Alberta for the past 10 years, I have 2 teenage boys both in FI, Gavin is 14 and in grade 9 and Logan is 13 and in grade 7. I am a grade 4 teacher with RVS teaching in Airdrie, where I have the pleasure of teaching FSL to my learners. I love to travel, ski in the winter, camp and do water sports in the summer. My new favorite is Stand Up Paddle Boarding with my dog Loki.
Treasurer: Patti Bonhomme (Spruce Grove)
My name is Patti Bonhomme and I live in Spruce Grove. I am an Educational Assistant with Parkland School Division. I am married and have two children that attend French Immersion School in Parkland.
I sat as the President of Parkland Chapter for 4 years and decided to put my name forward to sit on the Alberta Board.
Director: Emilie Josh (Calgary)
Emilie Josh is a by-product of both the Francophone and the French Immersion school systems, and is passionate about the continued use (and growth) of her French language as she ages. She is located in Calgary and likes to work long hours, spending her weekends in the mountains.
Director: Diana Boisvert (Grande Prairie)
Diana Boisvert is the French Language Resource Centre Director in Grande Prairie, CASLT National Council Alberta Representative and the Past-President of SLIC (Second Languages and Intercultural Council a specialist council of the ATA). She also directs the Grande Prairie DELF-DALF Exam Centre. Diana has a significant background in the FSL (Core French) classroom, as well as experience in the French Immersion classroom with and in successfully applying best practices in second language teaching and learning using current resources.
Director: Suzanne Kahler (Edmonton)
My name is Suzanne Kahler. My mom was of French-Canadian descent, and my dad was Dutch, and so we did speak some French at home. I grew up in the French immersion program, starting in preschool in Regina, and finishing with a French Immersion High School diploma, from Western Canada High in Calgary. I work as a behaviour consultant with preschoolers with special needs, supporting the kids and their families in having inclusive lives, within their homes, communities, and schools.
I am married with 2 kids; the eldest has graduated with a French immersion high school diploma, and the youngest is in Grade 2, also in the French immersion program. My hobbies used to include playing soccer and crafting, but now are watching my son play soccer, and crafting with my daughter!
Board of Directors Roles
- be the official spokesperson for Canadian Parents for French, Alberta Branch.
- preside at and establish the agenda for all Annual and Special General Meetings and meetings of the Board of Directors.
- be an ex officio member of all committees except the Nominations Committee.
- maintain regular contact with board members and committee chairs.
- present to the Annual General Meeting on behalf of the Board of Directors an annual report concerning the affairs of the organization.
- keep the Vice President informed of all concerns and activities.
- be responsible for coordinating regular evaluations of Executive Director.
- serve as Branch Delegate at Annual and Special General Meetings of Canadian Parents for French (national association).
- works closely with the President, keeping fully informed of Canadian Parents for French National and Alberta policies and programs.
- chairs meetings and assumes other presidential duties in the absence of the President.
- assumes any other tasks that may be assigned from time to time by the Board of Directors.
- uphold the bylaws
- ensure that resolutions passed by the membership are carried out
- set policies which reflect the purpose of the organization and monitor activities to ensure compliance with those policies
- seek the funds necessary to carry out the organization’s activities
- monitor the expenditure of funds
- ensure organizational continuity
Individual Directors also take on specific roles, such as Secretary, Treasurer or Committee Chair.
The Board can include up to nine members.
Board meetings are generally held 6 times between Annual General Meetings. Months and dates vary annually, depending on strategic plans, board members’ availability and budget limitations.
There are at least 3 face-to-face meetings (usually on a conference weekend) and 3 virtual meetings online each year (usually in the evening midweek). Meetings are scheduled as far in advance as possible.
Average time commitment for Board-related activities is 45 hours per year. Committee meetings are in addition to this, as required.
There is an information package and an orientation session for new Board members. The Board also undertakes an annual needs survey to determine what training is required, and specific training for the Directors is provided in conjunction with at least 3 Board meetings a year. There is also ongoing mentoring from the experienced Board members and support from the staff.
No remuneration is paid to any elected or appointed Director for services rendered to or on behalf of CPF Alberta. However, reasonable out-of-pocket expenses (including meeting attendance) are paid in accordance with CPF Alberta policy.
It is the responsibility of the CPF Alberta Nominations Committee to identify future board needs, gather and generate names of prospective Directors, research and screen prospective Directors, and to circulate a list of nominees to CPF Alberta members at least 30 days before the Annual General Meeting.
To reach the current Nominations Committee email email@example.com or contact our Executive Director at 780-433-7311.
In addition to nominations made by the Nominations Committee, and in lieu of nominations from the floor at the Annual General Meeting, members of Canadian Parents for French, Alberta Branch may put forward nominations for the Board of Directors as follows:
- There are not already two board members from the nominee’s chapter whose terms will both continue for the coming year.
- The nominee is a Voting Member.
- The nominee is not excluded from sitting on the board by the bylaw regarding Term of Office for board members.
- The nomination must be submitted by at least five Voting Members from at least two CPF chapters located in Alberta, and must include a letter from the nominee stating that s/he agrees to be nominated.
- The nomination must identify the position for which the member is being nominated.
- A member may not be nominated for more than one position in the same year.
- The nomination must be received by the CPF Alberta head office no later than July 30.
The Executive Director shall inform the Nominations Committee of any such nominations.
The Executive Director shall ensure that the names of such nominees are circulated to CPF Alberta members at least 30 days before the Annual General Meeting.
To nominate an individual through the Additional Nominations Procedure (above), forward the required information to the CPF Alberta head office no later than July 30:
Canadian Parents for French Alberta
211 – 15120 – 104 Avenue NW,
Edmonton AB T5P 0R5
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