Vernon Students Win Top Awards at Provincial French Public Speaking Competition

Posted on May 10, 2019

10,000 students from across British Columbia competed, 209 made the provincial finals, including 7 from Vernon in this year’s pan-provincial French public speaking competition, Concours d’art oratoire.

“Concours is an outstanding showcase and celebration of excellence in French language education,” said Greer Cummings, President of Canadian Parents for French BC & Yukon.

“Through participation in Concours, students develop their public speaking and relationship building skills in French, and ultimately the confidence to express their ideas clearly. These capacities are highly valued in today’s global society, making these students more adaptable and employable in a dynamic and competitive landscape. As effective communicators, these students will  become the leaders of tomorrow. We are so proud of all our Concours participants. Bravo à vous toutes et tous pour votre belle participation!”

Three Vernon students placed in the top three of their category:

SILVER for Ulyana Doerksen – 7e #Francophone, “Les effets positifs de l’art sur notre vie.” From Ecole Beairsto.

BRONZE for Charlize Calvert – 8e #FI, “La réalité.” From W.L.Seaton Secondary School.

BRONZE for Rowan Broadhead – 7e #EFI, “Les telephones cellulaires contre la jeunesse.” From Ecole Beairsto

Also, congratulations to Ulyana Doerksen who won the RésoSanté award.

The RésoSanté is awarded to students who’s speeches are about health and well-being topics. CPF’s Francophone partner, RésoSanté, awarded a $1000 bursary to students pursuing post-secondary studies in health.

This year marked the 36th anniversary of the Canadian Parents for French BC & Yukon-sponsored Concours d’art oratoire. The provincial finals were hosted Saturday, May 4th at SFU Surrey.

We thank all the local volunteers and teachers, as well as the BC Ministry of Education, Canadian Heritage, le Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie-Britannique and Réseau Santé for their financial support.