MEDIA ADVISORY: 300 students to gather for day-long celebration of rich benefits of bilingualism

Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2013

On Friday, May 3, 300 French as a second language students from 13 Ottawa-area schools will gather at the University of Ottawa's Jock Turcot University Centre for a day of activities focusing on the rich benefits of bilingualism, as part of a French for the Future Forum.

The Ottawa forum will be hosted by multidisciplinary artist Mehdi Hamdad. It will feature lots of activities on the theme of “French, music to my ears,” including French-language workshops  on various topics, from yoga to a career in translation, as well as a sugar shack lunch, a concert by the Mehdi Cayenne Club and  a version of the TV game show La guerre des clans.  

WHAT: French for the Future Forum, Ottawa region
WHEN: Friday, May 3, 2013 (opening ceremony from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.) 
WHERE: Jock Turcot University Centre, University of Ottawa (85 University | Map)

Every year, over a dozen local French for the Future Forums take place in different Canadian cities. Each Forum is organized by a local committee, in order to highlight the region's particular culture. This year, the Ottawa forum is being organized along with the University of Ottawa and its French Immersion Studies program.

Participating students come from the following schools:

  • Lester B. Pearson Catholic High School
  • Gloucester High School
  • Mother Theresa High School
  • Holy Trinity Catholic High School
  • St. Mark High School
  • Bell High School
  • St. Joseph High School
  • St. Peter High School
  • Immaculata High School
  • St. Pius X High School
  • St. Paul High School
  • Woodroffe High School
  • St. Matthew High School

For more information, visit the French for the Future website:


Kina Leclair
Media Relations Officer
University of Ottawa
Office: 613-562-5800 ext. 2529
Cell: 613-219-3058

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