Storytelling

Youth

Sanjana Verma

Sanjana Verma

The YMCA Summer Work Student Exchange program looks for young Canadians with perseverance, an open mind and an independent streak. And so it comes as no surprise that this student from Toronto, Ontario, was chosen to participate. She wanted to have an exciting summer adventure, and she was not disappointed.

Let’s meet Sanjana Verma!

Clarie Ainsley

Clarie Ainsley

This 20-year-old Quebecer left home not once but twice to pursue her goal of improving her second official language, and she says her experiences in Prince Edward Island and Ontario were incredibly rewarding.

Let’s meet Clarie Ainsley!

Catherine Tanguay

Catherine Tanguay

She’s only 24, but she already has an impressive list of achievements. This Mississauga, Ontario, native is a public servant who works for the Official Languages Programs (OLP). Every day, she promotes learning English and French among young Canadians. And she got there by participating in the OLP herself.

Let’s meet Catherine Tanguay!

Samuel Boutin

Samuel Boutin

Is it possible for a 15-year-old to be totally committed to learning both official languages? According to this Quebec teen, it is. To achieve his dream of one day entering into provincial politics, he’s ready to do whatever it takes—even if it means going to Alberta to improve his English.

Let’s meet Samuel Boutin!

Annalisa Tacchi

Annalisa Tacchi

Little did this teenager know that her exchange in Granby, Quebec, would have such an impact on her life. Now almost as comfortable in French as she is in English, the Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, native sees her progress as the result of weeks of hard work, plenty of patience and, most of all, lots of fun.

Let’s meet Annalisa Tacchi!

Mathilde Gosselin

Mathilde Gosselin

This 17-year-old Quebec native with a passion for travel, sports and official languages is not the type of person to say no to a new adventure. And participating in a three-month immersion program in Manitoba was no exception!

Let’s meet Mathilde Gosselin!

Lena Chown

Lena Chown

From Nunavut to New Brunswick, she has crossed land and sea to improve her French skills in an immersion environment. This 16 year-old counts herself extremely lucky to be bilingual and spent three weeks practising her French with people who are just as passionate about official languages as she is.

Let’s meet Lena Chown!

Malango Mcumbe

Malango Mcumbe

This animated young Montréaler’s focus on creativity and learning during her immersion experience in Toronto, Ontario, highlights her great ability to adapt, her interpersonal skills and her insatiable curiosity.

Let’s meet Malango Mcumbe!

Addison Shyluk

Addison Shyluk

This 16 year old is impressively fluent in French, even though she’s from Saskatoon, in predominantly English-speaking Saskatchewan. How did she manage to improve her second language? Through a language exchange in the National Capital Region.

Let’s meet Addison Shyluk!

Níkolas Gómez

Níkolas Gómez

His journey has been an impressive one, so far. Having emigrated from Colombia to Quebec at 17, this 26‑year‑old student is now fluent in both of Canada’s official languages, never misses an opportunity to travel and broaden his knowledge, and is one of the very few people who can speak seven languages.

Let’s meet Níkolas Gómez!

Joelle Lepine

Joelle Lepine

This Ottawa, Ontario, native participated in not one, but two exchanges to perfect her second language. The 23-year-old took away fond memories and greatly improved her French skills.

Let’s meet Joelle Lepine!

Public servants

Carolyn Veitch

Carolyn Veitch

She’s a principal human resources consultant at Western Economic Diversification Canada in Edmonton, Alberta, and a 20 year veteran of the federal public service. She’s also dedicated to promoting linguistic duality, which is an important part of her identity.

Let’s meet Carolyn Veitch!

Jody Doyle

Jody Doyle

He started in the federal public service as a student in 1989 and landed his first full-time position there in 1991. Now he’s Director of Business Expertise at Service Canada’s Integrity and National Services branch in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Let’s meet Jody Doyle!

Kevin Crombie

Kevin Crombie

In his 18 years in the federal public service, he’s often been seen as the resident Francophone on his team . . . except that he’s an Anglophone. He’s now a senior advisor to an assistant deputy minister in the National Capital Region.

Let’s meet Kevin Crombie!

Martin Barakengera

Martin Barakengera

He joined the federal public service a little more than eight years ago and is now Chief of Federal Land Use and Transaction Approvals at the National Capital Commission. He has every reason to be proud: he learned English, his second language, all by himself after taking a basic course in high school.

Let’s meet Martin Barakengera!

LeeAnn Haché

LeeAnn Haché

This border services officer at the Detroit–Windsor Tunnel, an international crossing that links Windsor, Ontario, and Detroit, Michigan, has proudly embraced her bilingualism since childhood.

Let’s meet LeeAnn Haché!

Second language teachers

Rhonda Fox

Rhonda Fox

She’s been a teacher for nearly 30 years and has spent more than half of those years teaching English as a second language, both in Canada and abroad. Empathetic and a great listener, she’s currently on staff at John Cabot Catholic Secondary School in Mississauga, Ontario.

Let’s meet Rhonda Fox!

Leah Marie Fornwald

Leah Marie Fornwald

A former student at Weyburn Comprehensive School in Saskatchewan, she’s come full circle and is now back in class at the same high school—but now in the essential role of French second language teacher.

Let’s meet Leah Marie Fornwald!

Stephen Hare

Stephen Hare

With 13 years of experience in teaching English and French as second languages in Canada and abroad, he has an impressive track record.

Let’s meet Stephen Hare!

Nicole Tryon

Nicole Tryon

If anyone has walked a mile in the shoes of French immersion students, she has. This elementary school teacher at École Campbelltown in Edmonton, Alberta, was in French immersion from kindergarten all the way through university.

Let’s meet Nicole Tryon!

Stephen Ferguson

Stephen Ferguson

He’s no stranger to official languages. During the school year, he teaches French as a second language at Souris Regional School in Prince Edward Island, and in the summer, he teaches English as a second language at Colonel Gray High School in Charlottetown.

Let’s meet Stephen Ferguson!

Lisa Deguire

Lisa Deguire

She’s a sought-after speaker with a passion for technology. She’s also an English second language teacher and a techno-pedagogical advisor at Jonquière CEGEP in Saguenay, Quebec, where she has been teaching since 1996. For the past six years, she has been participating in virtual exchanges with colleagues from other regions, countries and continents.

Let’s meet Lisa Deguire!

Niki Robichaud

Niki Robichaud

She’s dedicated, enthusiastic and open minded, and she teaches French as a second language at Smithers Secondary School in the vibrant small town of Smithers, which lies in the heart of the Bulkley Valley in northern British Columbia.

Let’s meet Niki Robichaud!

Krista Guezen

Krista Guezen

Her 20 years of experience teaching English as a second language have allowed her to explore many aspects of her profession. She has been teaching at a French-language high school in Quebec’s Outaouais region for the past eight years, and her passion and versatility have not gone unnoticed.

Let’s meet Krista Guezen!

Kristie St Croix

Kristie St Croix

She’s been promoting bilingualism among young people for nearly 18 years. How? By teaching French as a second language. After a six-year stint in Calgary, Alberta, she’s now a teacher at Elizabeth Park Elementary School in Paradise, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Let’s meet Kristie St Croix!

Manon Jetté

Manon Jetté

She grew up in an academic environment and quickly fell in love with teaching. Currently on staff at Sainte-Lucie Elementary School in Val-d’Or, Quebec, she has been teaching English as a second language for nearly 30 years.

Let’s meet Manon Jetté!

Date modified:
2021-05-20