On April 17, 2017, Cortes radio made its first contribution to the National Campus and Radio Association’s joined the Rendez-vous de la Francophone program. In West Coast Bonjour, producer
Danielle Arcand introduces listeners to six Francophones and Francophiles living on Cortes Island and Campbell River.

They explained the circumstances that motivated them to come live on the west coast, relating struggles and successes they have had in trying to maintain French in their daily lives and featuring a musical «coup de coeur», a song chosen by each participant.

At the time of the broadcast, Danielle was a retired teacher and educator living on Cortes Island.

“After a fulfilling career spent in French language education, including more than ten years as Associate director of the Office of Francophone and Francophile Affairs at Simon Fraser University, she is still active in her retirement, volunteering as Board secretary for the national organization French for the Future and as member of the Board of directors for «Maison de la Fancophonie» in Vancouver. Danielle is keen to raise awareness about the social, historical, artistic and economical contributions made by Francophones in communities in BC and across Canada,” she explained.

“Although the show’s narrative is in English, the interview material quoted is in French. The narrative sums up roughly in English what is said in French so unilingual Anglophone listeners will be able to follow.”

Top photo credit: Celebrating the French-Speaking World from the College of DuPage Language Department and French Club (La Connexion Française) via Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0 License)