Canadian Youth for French is founded

Université Laval football player founds a youth organization to promote bilingualism among young Anglophones across Canada

In 2009, Justin Morrow founded the organization Canadian Youth for French (CYF), whose mission was to inspire a greater appreciation for French throughout Canada while increasing the number of bilingual Canadians.

Shedden, Ontario-born Morrow was inspired by his experience at Université Laval in Québec City, where he was a member of the football team. In spite of not having taken a French course since Grade 9, he embraced the challenge of training, studying and living in French. After graduation, he decided to share his experience with English-speaking high school students across Canada, and in 2009 founded CYF for that purpose. In recognition of these efforts, he was awarded the Commissioner’s Award of Excellence – Promotion of Linguistic Duality in 2013.

CYF ceased operations in 2014 due to a lack of funds. During its existence, however, it helped to promote the opportunities that come with getting to know another language and another culture, and the benefits of being fluent in both official languages.