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The CIF is an organization that welcomes French speaking newcomers and helps them get settled in Prince Edward Island. We also organize activities to raise awareness about cultural diversity. CIF is in charge of  the francophone population growth dossier for the Acadian and Francophone Community of PEI.
Summerside (P.E.I.) July 19, 2017: From July 7 to 9, 2017, La Coopérative d’intégration francophone de l’Î.-P.-É. (CIF) was pleased to host Sonia Andre, a teacher at the French college Lycée des Vergers in Brittany. Ms. Andre was here to visit five of her agriculture students doing internships in Prince Edward Island through the AgriInterCulture program.

 

The goal of this program is to alleviate the lack of labour in the Island’s agricultural sector by recruiting qualified workers from other French-speaking countries. Twelve interns from four Breton colleges specializing in agriculture are now working on different farms on the Island. According to CIF Director Jacinthe Lemire, these internships in agriculture are the first step of the AgriInterCulture program. She explains, “Our ultimate goal is still to permanently recruit farmworkers or owners, but internships are an excellent way to build a network here and in Europe and to prepare us for the program’s future.”

 

Sonia Andre was thrilled with her visit. “Our college has been sending interns to Canada for over 10 years now, but this is our first year in Prince Edward Island. I was able to discuss with my students and observe the agricultural situation on the Island, which is quite different from Brittany. Our college will be even better prepared for the students coming to the Island next year. This program is a unique opportunity for our students to learn agriculture from a different angle. It also stimulates their spirit of openness by spending time in a different culture and learning to juggle two languages. We are so proud to have this experience with the residents of Prince Edward Island.”

 

Farmers interested in hosting interns, hiring workers or who are looking for someone to take over their farm may contact Noella Richard at 902-854-3439, extension 222.

For more information, media may contact:

Jacinthe Lemire, Director

902-388-1472

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Alexandre Rébillard, doing a two-month internship at Jewell Dale Farm, with his supervisor, Kevin Jewell, and AgriInterCulture coordinators Noëlla Richard and Yoan Rousseau.

Charlotte Masson, intern at the New Perth horse farm, arrived on June 30 for a two-month internship.




Summerside, PEI, May 8, 2017: The Third Education Summit was held on May 4 to 6, 2017, simultaneously in Ottawa, Edmonton and Moncton. This event is held every five years to develop and consolidate the network of Francophone schools across Canada. This year, the Summit’s aim was to encourage joint action around three broad areas of development for the French language elementary and secondary education system: instruction/learning, building an identity and cultural diversity.

Alice Bérubé, Coordinator of Skills Development and Literacy at Collège de l’Île, and Elise Boudreau, the Coordinator of Settlement Services for the CIF, a body with the principal mandate of helping French-speaking newcomers, went to Moncton for the occasion and presented the Alpha 1-2-3 program in the hope that it would inspire other stakeholders in Canada’s Francophone community.

“The Collège’s mandate fits perfectly with the development of educational initiatives like this program,” said Alice Bérubé. “It is the result of teamwork and we would like to thank the organizations, instructors and tutors who worked together to make this pilot project a success.”

“This training was custom-made to fill a specific need. We should also note that the lowest literacy rates in the country are found in Atlantic Canada, and that fact also played a role in sparking implementation of this project,” Elise Boudreau stated.

Alpha 1-2-3 is a literacy and numeracy program created by a partnership of organizations to help anyone, Canadians and newcomers alike, needing access to training in these two areas.

 

For more information:

Elise Boudreau

Settlement services coordinator

902-370-3275 

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Dominique Chouinard

Director of Communications

Collège de l’Île

902-439-7615

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The Coopérative d’intégration francophone de l’Î.-P.-É. (CIF) helps French-speaking newcomers settling in the province, facilitating their social, economic, educational and cultural integration. It also makes the host population aware of cultural diversity, the advantages of immigration and the importance of Francophone immigration. The CIF is funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and the government of Prince Edward Island.

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