CPF BC & Yukon – Our Legacy

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Legacy Stories
Volunteer Memories
Our History

Scroll down the page to learn about some
key milestones in CPF BC & Yukon’s history!


1968 – BC’s 1st French Immersion program starts in Maillardville, Coquitlam.

1975A group of Burnaby parents found the Burnaby French Language Preschool.

1977 – Canada’s first Commissioner of Official Languages, Keith Spicer, hosts “Parents’ Conference on French Language and Exchange Opportunities” in Ottawa. Canadian Parents for French is created.

1978 – BC Parents for French is founded. Would later change to CPF BC & Yukon.

1978 – Secretary of State-funded national study of parents’ interest French language education.

1980 – Publication of So You Want Your Child To Learn French!

1980 – 3,000 National CPF members.Screen Shot 2016-06-29 at 10.25.18 AM

1981 – CPF begins push to improve post-secondary opportunities for FSL graduates and teacher training. Today (2016), opportunities abound, as we saw with WhereAreTheyNow.ca.

1982 – All school boards offering French Immersion receive mailout from CPF containing resources and CPF materials.

1983 – First ever Concours d’art oratoire!

1983 – Elaine Barbour calls a community meeting to bring French Immersion to East Vancouver.

1986 – Brenda Dewonck and a friend self-publish French Immersion Guide for Parents, giving parents a handbook for helping with their child’s education.

1988 – Val Biffert, Williams Lake parents and BCPF Branch staff found CPF Williams Lake Chapter.

1990 – 17,000 National CPF members.

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2015 – 25,800 National Members, 7,200 BC Members.

2015 – 50,000 Students enrolled in French Immersion in BC!

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