News Release

REF NO.: 234

SUBJECT: Canadian Parents for French recognizes members of Memorial community

DATE: June 18, 2010

Three members of the Memorial community were presented with awards from the Canadian Parents for French (CPF) this week at Government House.
Renee Mercer, academic program administrator, Graduate Programs (Faculty of Education) was awarded Volunteer of the Year, which pays tribute to a member of CPF who has contributed enormously to the advancement of French as a second language in his/her community.
            Ms. Mercer has been actively involved with CPF for nine years and has been the driving force behind the local CBS/Paradise chapter by organizing CPF camps, story-times, youth mentoring and more. Her drive to promote FSL programming exemplifies Ms. Mercer’s extraordinary commitment to the promotion of French second language learning and to the community at large.
            Glenn Cake, another Faculty of Education alumni (BA, B.Ed., May ’88;
M.Ed., May ’07), received the Teacher of the Year Award for his unwavering commitment to the promotion of French as a second language. Mr. Cake is known as an enthusiastic and passionate teacher who brings tremendous energy and interest to a variety of initiatives. He has taught French Immersion and Core French programs, all of which have enabled him to identify student needs, to develop resources and to motivate students and colleagues alike.            
Aaron Power, Faculty of Education graduate (October ’09) received the Teacher Graduate of the Year Award, which goes to a new teacher who demonstrates excellence in his or her work. Mr. Power is a late French Immersion/Core French teacher at Beaconsfield Junior High School. As a new teacher, he is known for being student-oriented, hard working and extremely professional.
            “As a first-year teacher, it’s very motivating and flattering to be recognized for such a notable award,” said Mr. Power. “Receiving this particular award has inspired me to continue to promote and encourage French language learning and the appreciation for a second language.”

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