Directors, Volunteer Board of Directors

 

This public call for nominations seeks to fill a minimum of two (2) and a maximum of three (3) Director positions for French for the Future’s Board of Directors.

French for the Future’s Board of Directors is a national, volunteer board, which meets four (4) times a year by teleconference, and one (1) time a year in person, for its Annual General Meeting.

The election of new Directors will take place in Toronto on 11 September 2017, as part of the 2017 Annual General Meeting.


About French for the Future

Founded in 1997, French for the Future is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote French and official bilingualism to students from grade 7 to 12, who are registered in French second language or French first language programs in a linguistic minority context. Through the work of the following four programs, French for the Future reaches more than 10,000 students from across the country each year:

  • Local Forums
  • National Ambassador Youth Forum
  • National Essay Contest
  • Franconnexion Sessions

We work to create in Canadian students a personal feeling of belonging in French, which places emphasis on biculturalism in the pluricultural and multiethnic context of our country. We believe that over and above the French programs offered in schools, young people need to find this internal motivation that pushes them to retain their French for the rest of their lives, thereby becoming bilingual adults and professionals.

Candidate Profile

French for the Future is looking for candidates who possess knowledge of, and who have experience in the following areas : 


  • Community involvement in Canadian Francophonie and/or Francophile environments
  • Secondary of Post-Secondary teaching in a minority linguistic milieu
  • Development and fundraising
  • Accounting and financial management

In order to have a balanced geographical representation on the board of directors, priority will be given to candidates from the Ottawa region, the Maritimes (P.E.I., New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador) and the provinces of Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

Although complete bilingualism (English/French) is an asset, a minimum oral comprehension of the two languages is a necessity. The meetings of the Board of Directors take place in both official languages, without real time translation. The directors are free to express themselves in the official language of their choice, and the minutes reflect the change from one language to the other in the course of meetings.


Application

Interested candidates must submit a curriculum vitae and a letter of interest by email before April 30, 2017 to the following address:

Max Cooke
Past President, President of the Nominating Committee
French for the Future
mcooke@french-future.org